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Whittington top boss Simon Pleydell quits

Chief executive to step down in September after three and a half years

05 June, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Whittington boss Simon Pleydell

THE top boss of the Whittington will step down in September after three-and-a-half years as chief executive.

Simon Pleydell joined the NHS trust in April 2014 on an interim basis but ended up staying on as chief executive for much longer.

He is leaving north London to return home to his family in Yorkshire.

Mr Pleydell said: “After over three years of trying to split my life between working in London and my home and family in the North and also twenty years as a trust chief executive in the NHS, I have decided to step down from my leadership role at Whittington Health and return to my home in the north. Although this may be seen as retirement, I have a number of part time opportunities open to me in the NHS which I am looking forward to and will give me an improved balance to my life.”

He added that he wanted to “thank all my colleagues for their help in all that we have achieved over the last 3 years”.

Mr Pleydell said he hoped a new chief executive would have been appointed by September. A spokesman said an advert would be put out for a new CEO next month. The chief executive has said he will stay on until a replacement was found.

Mr Pleydell replaced Dr Yi Mien Koh in the role in 2014 after a chaotic period at the hospital when almost the entire board quit. Plans to sell off public land and cut staff and services were scrapped after a major public protest and pressure from politicians.

He won praise from the Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition in the past and tonight chairwoman Shirley Franklin said his departure was “devastating news” for the hospital.

Mr Pleydell’s replacement will have to oversee the trust’s latest plans for land sales and changes to its care “in the community”.

Steve Hitchins, Whittington Health chairman, said: “Simon will be a hard act to follow and we owe him a great deal. In his three and a half years here he has laid strong and durable foundations for our Integrated Care Trust in the challenging times the NHS faces today.”


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