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Trust welcomes new chief executive Matthew Coats

Posted: 4 July 2022

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West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed Matthew Coats as its new chief executive.

Matthew – who joined in early July – brings a wealth of experience to the role. He has some 15 years’ experience in hospital management and a similar number of years spent in central government in roles at the Department of Health, Home Office and Cabinet Office.

Matthew’s NHS experience included the successful turnaround of emergency care at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust where he was operations director and then deputy chief executive.

Trust chairman Phil Townsend said: “I am confident that the challenging roles Matthew has excelled in so far will equip him very well for anything he will encounter here at West Herts Teaching Hospitals.

“The interviews left us in no doubt as to who the best candidate was, even though the field was incredibly strong. The fact that so many high calibre candidates put themselves forward to lead this organisation says a lot about us and our future.”

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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