In July 2001 John Ball who had been Chief Executive since 1988 retired. When he arrived he faced the task of introducing and developing surgery in an outdated medical institution with no surgically trained staff or equipment. He had turned what initially was an act of faith into a burgeoning reality taking the Centre forward into a completely new era when it was struggling to survive.
The new Chief Executive was ready to take on the job of moving the Centre forward at a time when the political environment was less favourable. Her wide experience in the independent and charity sectors of health care fitted her well for taking the Centre forward into a time of expansion, improvement and modernisation. The groundwork laid by her predecessor was ready to be built on and she grasped the challenge with energy and enthusiasm.