Darren Summers appointed Southwark Place Executive Lead

26 Feb 2024
senior leaders

Darren SummersTogether with our partners in Southwark Council, the NHS South East London Integrated Care Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Summers as the new Southwark Place Executive Lead, thereby becoming a member of our ICB Board and the Council’s Senior Management Team. Darren, who will be joining us in June, brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise to the leadership of our work to meet the health and care needs of the residents and communities of Southwark.

Darren’s career journey reflects a profound commitment to serving others, starting from his early days in homeless services. Over the years, Darren has held several senior roles in mental health commissioning, strategic, and operational management within the NHS. Notably, as Deputy CEO and Executive Director for Partnerships in the North London Mental Health Partnership, Darren has played a pivotal role in fostering collaborative relationships with voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, and health institutions, ensuring that local people received comprehensive, high-quality care and support.

We are particularly pleased to welcome Darren to this joint leadership role between the Council and the ICB. Darren’s appointment marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to work together to prioritise the needs of our communities. His dedication to collaboration and inclusivity connects strongly with our commitment to fostering a thriving and equitable Southwark for all.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to Martin Wilkinson for his work and support as Acting Southwark Place Executive Lead over the last six months. Martin’s dedication and leadership have been crucial during this transitional period, and we are immensely grateful for his contributions to our organisation. Martin will continue to provide place leadership in Southwark until Darren starts with us.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Darren as he assumes his new responsibilities in June. Together, we look forward to realising our shared goals and creating a brighter future for Southwark.