Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust names new chief executive

Professor Tim Orchard has been appointed chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Professor Orchard is currently executive director of the Trust’s medicine and integrated care division and professor of gastroenterology at Imperial College. He has also been interim medical director since December 2017. He was appointed to St Mary’s Hospital as a consultant in 2003 and has served in a number of senior managerial, clinical and academic roles across the Trust since 2011.

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

“I’m delighted that Tim will be taking the helm at Imperial. He has an excellent reputation nationally and internationally as a leader in all three aspects of our mission – care, research and education. His deep understanding of all aspects of our work will be critical in enabling us to improve our care and to be a great employer. Like other NHS organisations, we are responding to significant challenges and we need to continue to make changes that have both an immediate impact and build our sustainability.”

Professor Orchard said:

"Imperial has an excellent track record in advancing care and treatment as well as a talented and diverse workforce with big aspirations for what we want to achieve for the future. We also have increasingly strong partnerships with our patients, communities and partners. I see my role as being to ensure we make the most of the huge potential of all of that experience, expertise and commitment. We have to develop services and ways of working together that really make a difference to the quality of our care and the health of our population.”

It is anticipated that Professor Orchard will take up the role of chief executive on 7 June, taking over from Professor Julian Redhead who has led the organisation in an interim capacity since December 2017 when previous chief executive, Ian Dalton, left to head up NHS Improvement. Professor Redhead will return to his substantive role as medical director.

Sir Richard Sykes said:

“I am very grateful to Julian for leading the organisation so ably for the past few months. I know he is keen to resume his work as medical director, especially in terms of developing our safety culture, and that he and the rest of the executive team will continue to provide great support during this transition period and beyond.”