A WOMAN who worked for Eurotunnel before joining the NHS has landed a plum job at the DGH.

Tara Argent, pictured, will be the new Chief Operating Officer at the Trust from January.

She takes over from Joe Chadwick-Bell, who will become Chief Executive at the end of September.

Tara started working at the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which includes the DGH, two months ago as Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to that, Tara worked as Divisional Director of Operations at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

She started her career working at Eurotunnel, followed by a series of appointments in the NHS and at Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand.

Tara is a senior operational leader both in the public and private sector, in the UK and New Zealand, with extensive experience in Emergency Management.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer at ESHT.

“I have been proud to work alongside colleagues over the last two months as we have responded to COVID-19.

“I am looking forward to continuing this work as Chief Operating Officer and meeting the challenge of restoring service to the people of East Sussex while remaining prepared for an increase in COVID-19 cases.

“I’m particularly looking forward to working with our partners across Sussex as part of the Integrated Care System to ensure that we are truly working together as one Sussex system.”