The mental healthcare charity St Andrew’s has appointed Gil Baldwin as chief executive, from July, after former head Philip Sugarman was forced to retire because of ill health.
According to the charity, Sugarman left his role in February because of health concerns. It said yesterday that he would be replaced in July by Baldwin, former chief executive of Tunstall Healthcare, which supplies technology to carers and healthcare professionals.
It emerged last year that Sugarman was paid £653,000 in 2012/13, a rise of £100,000 compared with the previous year, making him the fourth highest-paid charity employee, according to a list compiled by Third Sector.
Days later the charity said that Sugarman had been filling two roles at the charity, being both chief executive and medical director, and that he had taken a 50 per cent pay cut, to £325,000 for the year 2013/14, because he had relinquished the latter role.
St Andrew’s said its board and remuneration committee had decided that Baldwin would also be paid £325,000 a year.
Baldwin, who is working as a government adviser on its G8 commitments on dementia, is a former managing director at Aviva Health.
Before this, he served in the Royal Armoured Corps for 23 years, rising to the rank of colonel, and carried out tours in the Balkans and Iraq, where he helped to re-establish civil society in both countries.
The charity, which says it is the UK’s largest mental healthcare charity, works with the NHS and provides care and support to people with mental disorders, including psychiatric illnesses, developmental disabilities and brain injuries through residential and community-based care.
It also carries out research into the causes and treatment of mental disorders.
St Andrew’s, which employs about 3,100 people, has 57 employees on salaries of more than £100,000 a year, the accounts for 2012/13 show.
In that year, St Andrew’s increased its annual income from £168.7m to £178m and its expenditure rose from £156.2m to £161.2m.
"St Andrew’s deserves the best and we are certain we have got that with Gil Baldwin," said Charles Wake, chairman of St Andrew’s. "His track record in healthcare and leading organisations through change, while continually striving to find new ways to improve patient care, is precisely what we were looking for."
Warren Irving is the charity’s acting chief executive until Baldwin joins.