West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Stephen Dunn as its new chief executive.
Dr Dunn, 41, joins the trust from the NHS Trust Development Authority where he has held the position of director of delivery and development since 2012.
Dr Dunn, who lives with his wife and three children close to Bury St Edmunds, succeeds Stephen Graves, who is leaving to become chief executive of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust in September.
Dr Dunn said: “I am delighted to have the privilege to take on such a key role in the running of my own local hospital.
“I - and my family - have been patients at West Suffolk in the past, and I know how dedicated the staff and the senior team are to providing high quality services.
“I look forward to bringing my experience overseeing hospitals, ranging from district general hospitals to large acute organisations, to my new role leading West Suffolk to ensure that local patients continue to get the award-winning care that this Trust is known for.”
Dr Dunn has held a variety of senior roles including positions across the Midlands and East of England regions, within the Department of Health and HM Treasury.
Trust Chairman Roger Quince said: “Our excellent reputation for quality and overall performance attracted interest in the role of chief executive from high calibre candidates, and we had an impressive field to choose from.
“We already have a strong board and effective executive team, and were looking for an exceptional leader, with clear strategic thinking who can take our agreed five year plans forward.
“We believe that Stephen Dunn will do this. “His significant skills and knowledge of the NHS will strengthen our position and help us develop the partnerships necessary to deliver integrated health and care services vital for improved patient outcomes and the experience for individuals.”