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Trust Chief Executive leaves to join health charity

Posted: 21 March 2018
Kate Ewer, Head of Communications

Katie Fisher, chief executive at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (below) is leaving the trust to become the chief executive of a healthcare charity.

Picture of Katie Fisher, Chief Executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustTrust chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, said: “It is with profound regret that I announce that Katie is moving on and will be leaving the trust at the end of June.

“Under her leadership we came out of special measures, improved upon a wide range of clinical outcome measures for patients and increased our staff satisfaction rates in national surveys. Many hospital trusts would be pleased with just one of these three achievements.

“She should also be praised for her significant contribution to the creation of an exciting vision for the future of our estate and our bid for major funding to transform our buildings.

“Katie has always been driven by the quality of care we provide and so it is no surprise that this motivation has taken her to a new role leading a healthcare charity.

“She will be very much missed by staff at all levels and her departure will also be a loss to our patients and the NHS. Chief executives of her calibre are hard to find, but given the enormous progress we have made over recent years, I am confident that the post will attract some very strong candidates.

“Katie has created a very stable leadership team who will continue to keep up the great progress we have made. I am delighted that our deputy chief executive Helen Brown will be acting chief executive from the beginning of July until we appoint a new chief executive.”


Notes to editors

Katie Fisher began her NHS career as a nurse, joining the NHS management training scheme in 2000. Before joining West Herts in July 2016, Katie was director of service transformation at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and had also worked in commissioning.

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  1. For more information, please contact Name, title in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 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.