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New Chief Executive appointed for West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust

2 June 2016

West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Katie Fisher. Katie will be joining us from the beginning of July from the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust.

Katie said "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. I am really looking forward to working with such a committed and caring workforce.”

Katie has a clinical background from the early part of her career having qualified as a nurse and worked in a number of positions at St George’s hospital, before joining the NHS General Management Training Scheme and commencing her career in hospital general management.

Katie has significant and wide ranging senior leadership experience at board level, gained across most sectors in the NHS, including acute, commissioning and community. For the last six years she has been a main board director with the Royal Free – currently as Director of Service Transformation. In her current role Katie has responsibility for a number of key delivery areas including design and delivery of new models of integrated care and the executive responsibility for Chase Farm hospital.

Our Interim Chief Executive Jac Kelly will be leaving us at the end of June. On behalf of everyone connected with the Trust we would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the immense contribution Jac has made and wish her all the best for the future. Jac has provided first class leadership at the Trust during the many challenges that we have been faced with and leaves us with solid foundations with which to continue our quality improvement journey”.

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  1. For more information, please contact the Communications team at the Trust’s on 01923 436 280 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.