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University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust Appoints Chief Executive

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation RobertTrust is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Woolley as Chief Executive.

Following a competitive interview process, the board and membership council have unanimously agreed to Roberts appointment, with immediate effect.

Robert Woolley has been with University Hospitals Bristol for eight years, initially as Director of Performance Management and, since 2004, as Director of Corporate Development.  In December 2009, he was appointed Acting Chief Executive. 

John Savage, Chairman of University Hospitals Bristol, said:  The board was delighted to attract such a high calibre field of candidates to this key role for the NHS in Bristol.  Robert Woolley was the unanimous choice of the interview panel, the non-executive directors and the membership council.

I am looking forward to working with Robert as he leads the Trust through a time of unprecedented change.  He will be focusing on our tripartite mission of providing excellent patient care, teaching and research through sustaining our performance for patients; building on our secure financial footing and delivering the redevelopment of the Bristol Royal Infirmary.


Notes to Editors

Robert Woolley was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Lincoln College, Oxford, and holds a MBA with distinction from Bath University.

He joined the NHS as a strategic planner at the Royal London NHS Trust in 1992. At Barts and the London NHS Trust, he rose to be assistant director for the project to re-develop the Royal London Hospital before becoming general manager for children's services across the City and East London in 1996 and later of clinical support services across St Bartholomews, the Royal London and the London Chest Hospitals.

Robert joined the Board of United Bristol Healthcare Trust as Director of Performance Management in 2002, co-ordinating the achievement of key standards for patient access. He took the Corporate Development portfolio in 2004, since when he has overseen the £18 million expansion and refurbishment of the Bristol Dental Hospital, the construction of the new £60 million Bristol Heart Institute and the development of the Trusts 10 year strategic plan. He was project director for the successful application for Foundation Trust status in 2008.  Robert was appointed Acting Chief Executive in December 2009.


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