THE chief executive of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary is stepping down.
Diane Whittingham has been the chief executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust for the last 15 years.
But she has decided to leave the organisation and NHS after 30 years in the industry.
She will remain in her post as until next March.
The recruitment process to replace her is now under way.
Mrs Whittingham made the decision after lengthy consideration and currently has no immediate plans after March, 2012, other than taking some time out with her family.
Chairman Andrew Haigh said: “The recruitment process will shortly be under way to find a new chief executive to take up the reins after Diane leaves us next year.
“Until then it’s business as usual, and Diane and the Trust board will continue to work with staff and all our partners to ensure we provide quality healthcare for our patients.”
In May her salary was increased to the £190,000 level.