Published: 27 June 2022

Paul Reid to step down as CEO later this year

It is with a very heavy heart that I want to tell you that I will be stepping down as CEO of the HSE later this year. In agreement with the Chairman, I will stay on until December to facilitate the advancement of the process to recruit my successor.

I have told the Chairman, the Board and the Minister of my decision, which has been the hardest decision that I have ever made related to my own career. Having previously worked in the private, not for profit, central and local government sectors, working in the HSE has been by far the greatest period in my career. It has been truly rewarding leading an organisation whose staff come to work every day to make people’s lives better.

In my view, no organisation will ever match the commitment, dedication and relentless willingness to go beyond the call of duty that I have witnessed as we battled multiple waves of Covid, a criminal cyber-attack while driving a significant reform agenda. This has been truly inspirational for me to experience.

My decision to leave later this year has been influenced by two key factors.

Throughout my career at senior executive and at CEO level, I have always given these roles everything that I have got. Over the past three years, this has continued to be the case. I couldn’t have done this without the unrelenting support of my wife and family. They have made many sacrifices along the way to support me. I now want to give them back some quality time and to enjoy some space with our young granddaughter.

The HSE is now entering a new and further phase of reform and change in what we hope will ultimately be a post-pandemic world. I feel that the time is right for the HSE to recruit and appoint a new CEO at this point. COVID-19 has facilitated much reform of our health services throughout. In particular, the strengthening of our community services to relieve the pressures on our hospitals. Also, throughout this period, I feel that we have operated as a more aligned health system, with all providers incl. GPs, pharmacy and the private health system. I feel that it is now timely for a new leader to oversee the next phase.

I will have plenty of time later to thank you all for your amazing support and commitment. But trust me, this has not been an easy decision and very difficult to write.

I will truly miss you all when I do leave. But for now, take care and keep up the great work.

Paul Reid