Medway NHS Foundation Trust announces appointment of Chief Executive
Date: 25 April 2019
Medway NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that James Devine has been appointed as the new substantive Chief Executive. The appointment was made following a national search and open recruitment process.
The trust’s Council of Governors confirmed the appointment at a meeting today (Thursday 25 April).
James has acted as interim Chief Executive at the trust since November 2018, following the departure of Lesley Dwyer who returned home to Australia to take on a new role after nearly four years.
James has long experience in the NHS, having previously held senior roles at prestigious organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Barts Health.
Trust Chair Stephen Clark said: “It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the appointment of James Devine to the role of chief executive. James has the leadership skills and deep understanding of the healthcare environment – with all its challenges and opportunities – that we need to take the Trust onto the next stage of transformation.
“I am delighted that he will now continue the work he has started during his time as interim chief executive.”
James started his career at Medway 23 years ago when he joined as an apprentice, working with the school health team. He went on to challenging roles in several London trusts before returning to his roots in October 2016 to take on the role of Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Medway.
In July 2017, hospital improvement was included within James’ portfolio, and he was announced as the Deputy Chief Executive in November 2017, formally taking on responsibility for the performance and operational management of the Trust, determined to ensure that a robust performance framework was in place and that the trust continued to deliver high quality services.
James said: “I look forward to leading Medway NHS Foundation Trust as we continue to improve care for our patients. It is an incredible privilege to work alongside our fantastic staff, supported by the most committed and determined Board I could wish for.
“There is much to do as we continue our progress from better, to best and onto brilliant, but we are making great strides, and have strategies underway to ensure we can inspire and motivate our staff – the best of people – to deliver the best of care.”
Medway NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce that James Devine has been appointed as the new substantive Chief Executive.