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THE chief executive of East Cheshire NHS Trust has been listed as one of the top 50 leaders of NHS trust in England.

John Wilbraham was featured in the Health Service Journal’s Top 50 Chief Executives 2014.

The 51-year-old was nominated anonymously by fellow NHS trust chief executives and shortlisted by a judging panel of leading experts, including NHS England’s Medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh.

In its comments about John, the Heath Service Journal outlines how he led negotiations to integrate community services worth £45 million from Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT in 2011, broadening the scope of East Cheshire NHS Trust and increasing its sustainability as a provider of NHS care.

John, who lives in Warrington, said: “I’m very flattered and humbled to see my name appear in this list.

“However, I think it is much more of a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the staff here at East Cheshire NHS Trust, who have shown great commitment and loyalty at a time of considerable challenges, both locally and in the wider NHS.”