End of an era for chief executive

Alison Salmond with her dog Blue.
Alison Salmond with her dog Blue.

The Subiaco resident said she knew the timing of her resignation would surprise many people given the building’s construction next to Perth Children’s Hospital had just begun.

‘I feel nothing but pride and a real satisfaction for what my team has done over the past seven-and-a-half-years,’ Ms Salmond said.

‘It is time now for someone else to come in, with a different vision and renewed energy, to take RMH Perth to an era of greater heights.’

Ms Salmond said she would stay on at RMH as a project manager and provide a ‘nice smooth handover’ to her successor.

‘I don’t have a ‘last day’ and quite frankly I don’t want one, I’m not into big farewell fanfares,’ she said.

‘Finally I will have time to get up slowly in the morning, walk my dog Blue to The Little Pantry up the road and get a coffee.

‘I will have more time for my family, travel and enjoying living instead of racing around everywhere.’

Ms Salmond said it had been an incredible honour to be with families during such difficult times and share their personal stories.

‘Those children have taught me and my team so much about courage, about resilience, about being grateful for every minute of the day,’ she said.

‘There were many, many successes along the way ” children who we see coming back now five, six years later and they’re well, but the others we lost will stay with me for a very long time.

‘There are many special ones in my heart.’

Ms Salmond said she was still reeling from the Stronger Together capital campaign that raised $22 million for the new house in just nine months.

‘I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team, the board, capital campaign committee, project managers’