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07.03.18

Newcastle trust appoints new CEO to replace disgraced boss

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT (NUT) has chosen the successor to CEO Sir Leonard Fenwick today, after he was sacked in August last year for “gross misconduct.”

Dame Jackie Daniel is set to take over the role, moving from her current position as chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS (UHMB) which she has held for six years.

Fenwick was the NHS’s longest-serving CEO until the trust was forced to place him on an extended period of leave pending an internal investigation in January 2017.

Despite an appeal, trust bosses chose to sack Fenwick when the results of the investigation report revealed “inappropriate behaviour” and “a range of governance issues.”

Daniel is expected to leave her UHMB at the end of March – although an official start date at NUT has not yet been decided – and the job has been shared in the interim period by Louise Robson, executive director of business and development, and Andy Welch, medical director.

“I am delighted that we have appointed Dame Jackie Daniel as the trust’s new chief executive,” said Professor Sir John Burn, trust chairman. “She will bring a wealth of experience to the role, and I am looking forward to working with her to lead the organisation onto further successes and the next phase of its development.”

Daniel added: “Newcastle Hospitals is a trust with long and enviable reputation for the quality of the services it provides and the excellent skills of its staff. I am excited to be appointed to the role of chief executive and for the opportunity to work with its board, council of governors, and all staff to further develop this outstanding organisation.”

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