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RD&E appoints new Chief Executive


Following a rigorous executive recruitment process, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has today announced the appointment of Julie Hartley-Jones CBE as the Trust’s new Chief Executive.

Julie was offered the role after successfully completing a challenging two-day selection process at the RD&E in June alongside other shortlisted candidates. Julie will work her notice in her current post and it is anticipated that she will take up her new role on 4th January 2017. In the meantime, Suzanne Tracey, one of the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executives, has been appointed Acting Chief Executive succeeding Angela Pedder, who left the RD&E at the end of June to become the Lead Chief Executive to the Devon-wide Success Regime.

Julie brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Trust. Originally trained as a nurse, Julie worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital as a senior nurse/service manager before moving to run the Renal Unit at Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust. She went on to become the Nursing Director at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and then moved to the Department of Health as policy advisor on acute and specialist services. From 2001 to 2006 she was Chief Nurse at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.

For the last decade Julie has worked in Australia in a variety of roles. She was Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery and then Director of Clinical Operations for the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service in New South Wales before becoming Chief Executive of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service in 2009 in Queensland. More recently she was appointed as Programme Director for Statewide Clinical Support Services in South Australia serving a population of 1.6 million people. Julie was awarded a CBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List for services to renal nursing.

Commenting on her appointment, Julie Hartley-Jones said: “I am really excited to have this opportunity to lead the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The RD&E is an outstanding organisation with an international reputation of high quality, patient-centred care. I was incredibly impressed with the people I met and their dedication, compassion and motivation.  I am really looking forward to starting work at the Trust and building on its successes as well as helping to ready the organisation to meet the formidable challenges ahead. I inherit a fantastic and stable senior team which is one of the legacies that Angela Pedder has given the RD&E and this provides stability and continuity at a time of significant change in the NHS. My role will be to lead the RD&E and ensure that we continue to provide safe, high quality care delivered with courtesy and respect to the communities that we serve.”


RD&E Chairman James Brent said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Julie to this vitally important role. She is a talented, experienced and skilled Chief Executive who brings with her considerable experience both here in the UK and from Australia. During the appointments process, Julie demonstrated a clear vision for the Trust, considerable expertise and she outlined how she would apply her outstanding track record to optimize the delivery of health services to our communities at the RD&E. I very much look forward to working alongside Julie as she leads the RD&E through the next few years and the many challenges and opportunities these will bring.

“I would also like to thank Angela Pedder for her significant contribution to RD&E as Chief Executive for almost 20 years and Suzanne Tracey for agreeing to act as Chief Executive for the remainder of 2016.”

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