Julie Sharma, interim Chief Executive at Sirona care & health, has announced her retirement after 47 years of working in and with the NHS.
Julie took on the interim role in April 2022 to allow the Board time to consider what they needed in a new Chief Executive. Julie was previously Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Transformation.
Her plan was to retire once a permanent appointment had been made and she will stay to welcome in Sue Porto who was announced as Chief Executive on Tuesday 25 April and will be joining Sirona in June.
Julie will continue in her interim role for four to six weeks to give Sue the time and opportunity to meet as many people as possible and get to know our services and partners so her last working day will be Friday 28 July.
Julie said: “This year is my 48th year of working in and with the NHS and the time feels right to finally leave this great institution and I am genuinely delighted to be doing so as the head of this incredible organisation.
“The past 12 years with Sirona have been truly inspiring and it has been a privilege to work alongside all such incredible people. Despite my long service I have never stopped learning and I watch in awe how everyone pulls together to find new and creative ways to meet the enormous challenges we face and ensures we continue to support each other through the highs and the lows.
I am genuinely excited about Sue’s appointment and the experience and passion I know she will bring to Sirona and to our wider system – it is great knowing it will be in such safe hands.
In the meantime, I will remain committed to working hard for the people in our communities and our workforce and will do all I can to ensure a smooth transition for Sue into her new role.”
Amanda Cheesley, Sirona’s Chair, said: “I would personally like to thank Julie for her leadership of the organisation along with her Executive colleagues. Working with colleagues across the organisation, they have ensured we have strong foundations for the future.”