Trust announces new chief executive

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Ian Dalton CBE as its new chief executive. 

Ian brings extensive leadership experience gained in very senior roles within the NHS and the wider health sector. He was chief operating officer and deputy chief executive at NHS England and, prior to that, chief executive of NHS North of England, the North East Strategic Health Authority, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. He also undertook two senior roles within the Department of Health – national managing director of provider development and national director of NHS flu resilience during the 2009 pandemic.  He joins the Trust after his most recent role as president of global government and health at BT.

Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“I’m delighted that we continue to attract the highest calibre of leader. Ian’s deep understanding of the NHS and wider public services, combined with his track record of running complex organisations and his commitment to innovation and collaboration, will enable us to really build on our achievements of recent years.”

Ian Dalton said:

"It’s a fantastic privilege to lead Imperial College Healthcare – its hospitals are highly regarded worldwide for their impressive histories as well as their continuing innovation in healthcare delivery and clinical research. Like the rest of the NHS, it is grappling with a range of challenges as health needs increase and financial pressures get tougher. My job will be to ensure all of our 11,000 staff are able to use their immense expertise and commitment to provide even better care over the coming years, in partnership with our patients, local communities and the wider NHS.”

Ian will take up his role at the end of July. He will take over from Dr Tracey Batten who announced her resignation earlier this year and who will be returning to Australia.