West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust announce new chief executive

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s new chief executive is a Watford-born high achiever, with an impressive track record as a leader in the NHS.

Christine Allen is currently the chief executive at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During her five years in this role, she led the trust towards its first overall CQC rating of ‘good’, followed by a second ‘good’ rating which was announced just last week.

Prior to that, Ms Allen held various Board level roles at Northampton General Hospital, including acting chief executive, chief operating officer and director of strategy.

During her 30-plus years in the NHS, she has also led service transformation and held senior positions in business development and IT. She will take up her role in early March.

Professor Steve Barnett, chair of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Finding experienced hospital chief executives is far from easy which makes securing someone of Christine’s calibre an incredible achievement and fantastic news for staff and patients.

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