We are delighted to welcome Paula Stanford, former Chief Operating Officer Healthcare at Priory Group, in the post of Managing Director.

Peter Curtis, who has been the Managing Director of the growing group since 2016, remains in affiliation with the group in the post of non-executive director.

Peter Curtis said: “I know Paula’s very relevant experience in CAMHS, as well as her value set for patient care and staff support, make her the ideal leader to bring even more great care to young people who come to us for treatment.”

Paula Stanford said: “I am passionate about patient care, supporting staff and striving for excellence in all that we do. I believe these qualities are foundation values for Ellen Mede. I am looking forward to ensuring that the excellent care given by this organisation to patients over the last 11 years is matched in each of our newer hospitals. I will work closely with commissioners and regulators to make sure that our service helps to meet their objectives.”

Paula Stanford qualified as a mental health nurse before taking up her first leadership position more than 20 years ago. She has specialist knowledge of running CAMHS services, including Eating Disorders. She has worked in both NHS and private settings. After seven years in Leadership roles with the Priory Group, her last role was as Chief Operating Officer for healthcare.  She has a strong track record of developing, improving and consolidating services for Children and Adolescents with mental health issues.

For more information, please email susan.ramwell@ellernmede.org