Sudden death of former hospital chief executive

An “amazing man” who was described as a “father figure to all” has died suddenly, leaving a hole in the community he so loved.

Former Worthing and Southlands hospitals chief executive, Alan Randall, died at his Ropetackle, Shoreham, home, following a heart attack.

His daughter, Katie Mintram, said: “We will miss him immensely. We are shocked and heart-broken, but we want to celebrate what an amazing man he was, how many people knew him and loved him.

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“We are so proud to be his family.”

Alan, 66, was born in Rushton, Northamptonshire, on May 1, 1946, and studied sociology at Sheffield University before starting his career in the health service.

Katie said he started as an administrator with the NHS, and worked his way up to chief executive of the Worthing and Shoreham hospitals, working with the trust from 1982 to 1999, while living in Hove.

During his time there, he oversaw a major redevelopment of Worthing Hospital, which opened in 1998.

Andy moved to Shoreham, in 2006, and helped Katie set up Yellowave, the country’s first purpose-built beach sports centre, in Brighton.

Among his many roles within the community, he volunteered at the Ropetackle Centre and as Sustrans warden for Shoreham Beach, and he also acted as a volunteer guide during the first week of the Shoreham footbridge closure, last month.

Katie said her father’s death had “come out of the blue”.

“He was really healthy, he cycled and bowled, so it was a shock,” she said.

“He was a brilliant people man, and he knew how to get the best out of people. He helped people be the best they could be.

“He was the type of person that when you are with them, you feel happy.”

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, also paid tribute to Alan.

“Alan was so full of energy and ideas as usual when I saw him just a few weeks ago at the Adur Indoor Bowling Club,” he said. “He always brought dedication, generosity and good sense to everything he involved himself with.”

Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council, said Alan was a “remarkable” and “lovely” man.

Alan is survived by wife Sue, children Katie and Ian, stepsons Matt and Dan and five grandchildren.