Sam Allen

Chief Executive Officer designate
North East and North Cumbria ICS


Sam became chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in March 2017. With more than 23 years’ NHS experience, she also gained valuable experience working in an international healthcare organisation in the independent sector.

Sam is a chartered manager and companion of the Chartered Management Institute and chairs the Health and Care Women Leaders Network delivered by the NHS Confederation. She is also a leadership fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle and a member of The Kings Fund General Advisory Council.

Sam’s areas of interest span the leadership and governance of health and care systems and in particular the potential that exists to integrate physical and mental health care. She believes in an assets-based approach to good wellbeing, which she says means thinking beyond the NHS and enabling early intervention and preventative care. Seeing citizens as the leaders of health and wellbeing across the communities we serve alongside the role of housing, education, employment and social care are pivotal, she says.

Twitter: @samanthallen