The board of NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has appointed Martin Steele as its acting chief executive officer with effect from today (1 April).
Steele assumes the role having been chief operating officer since 2017. Since January he has been leading the organisation’s strategic and operational response to the current coronavirus pandemic.
As COO, he was responsible for the organisation’s 5,000-strong frontline workforce, including cleaning, planned and reactive maintenance, catering, security, reception, portering, waste management and laundry services staff.
This team is responsible for cleaning more than 3,500 NHS properties to guarantee the best environment for clinical staff to work effectively and safely during the crisis.
Since joining the service, Steele has overseen “a transformation within NHSPS’s operational arm and delivered cost-effective services to NHS customers”.
Steele also helped the NHSPS implement new soft and hard facilities management strategies and “brought a renewed focus on operational excellence in other parts of the operational portfolio, such as construction, health and safety, energy and environment amongst others”.
In his new role, he will oversee the management and operations of the organisation’s significant portfolio, which comprises more than 3,500 properties with 7,000 customers across England, representing about 10 per cent of the total NHS estate.
Before joining NHSPS, Steele held senior positions at companies such as BT, Andersens, Northern Foods and Debenhams, where he developed significant operational and commercial management experience, along with a strong track record of delivering complex client services.