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Derek Kitchen

Derek’s career spans 40 years, over half of which have been spent in board roles in both the public and private sector, including as CEO of Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust. He led Staffordshire CSU since its inception in 2011 and continued as managing director through mergers with Lancashire CSU in 2012 followed by Central Midlands CSU in 2014.

Derek is passionate about the contribution we make to improving the lives of patients and the public. He has been instrumental in shaping the CSU to the needs of customers and governing bodies via stakeholder engagement and strong organisational development with staff. To help with this, Derek has been able to draw on his experience reshaping mental health services in Birmingham.

Passionately believing in success based on strong relationships, Derek works closely with customers, key stakeholders and influencers at local, regional and national levels. He has also built productive relationships with a number of key private sector partners who have contributed to our development and supported us in providing services.

Derek ensures that he’s always visible and accountable to customers and CSU staff. He strives for continuous improvement and is keen to deliver the best possible results for all concerned. He provides clear strategic leadership and an in-depth understanding of change management.

A Chartered Public Finance Accountant, in 2015 he was named as one of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy’s trailblazers, of whom this was said: ‘…individuals with outstanding records in innovation. Given the public sector’s ongoing need to do more with less, role models adept at new thinking are increasingly required’.

Derek leads by example and continues to drive the CSU on. He strives for us to keep expanding and adding value to the NHS. During his time as managing director, we have grown via procurement and merger, with our customer base rising from six to 50.

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Kingston House

438-450 High Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9LD

0300 404 2999
  • Heron House
  • Anglesey House

Midlands and Lancashire CSU
120 Grove Road
Stoke on Trent

0300 404 2999

Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Towers Business Park
WS15 1UL

0300 404 2999
Jubilee House

Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Lancashire Business Park
PR26 6TR

01772 214200
Bevan House

3rd Floor
Stephenson Way
Wavertree Technology Park
L13 1HN

0151 295 8612/8619
  • 1829 Building, Chester
  • Old Market House
  • Clark House

1829 Building
Countess of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road

01244 650 351

Hamilton Street
CH41 5AL

0151 514 2335 EXT 1487

Hulley Road
SK10 2LU

01606 544 791
Cardinal Square

3rd Floor North Point,
10 Nottingham Road,
Derby DE1 3QT
East Midlands

01332 868700
St Johns House

St Johns House
30 East Street
United Kingdom

0121 611 0100



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