New Leadership Arrangements

Headshot photos of Terry (left) and Clare (Right)

18 Mar 2024

Details of leadership arrangements from 1 April 2024

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Helen Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Whittington Health NHS Trust has decided to resign from her role at the Trust.
Helen was critical in bringing in excellent candidates to key executive positions at the Trust and created a stable and credible senior team. The Trust wishes Helen well in her future career.
From the end of March, Dr Clare Dollery, who has served as Medical Director since 2019, will act as CEO and Accountable Officer. She will be supported by Terry Whittle our Chief Finance Officer who will act as Deputy CEO.
Clare has been acting as Deputy CEO supported by Matthew Shaw of Great Ormond Street Hospital who has been acting as interim Accountable Officer since Helen began a secondment with NHS London late last year.
Dr Clarissa Murdoch will become acting Medical Director from April 1, 2024, whilst a longer term appointment is made for the period that Clare is acting CEO.
In an email to staff Baroness Julia Neuberger, Chair of Whittington Health NHS Trust thanked Matthew for his support adding that she was delighted that Clare Dollery, who has been with us since 2019 and knows the organisation very well has agreed to step up to the CEO role.

Clare joined us from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Deputy Medical Director from 2015, stepping up to the role of Acting Medical Director between September 2018 and January 2019.
A cardiologist by background, Clare has a range of clinical leadership experience with a focus on safety and improvement. She was previously the Deputy Medical Director at Barts Health NHS Trust and prior to that a Divisional Clinical Director at The Heart Hospital at UCLH. A local resident, Clare has worked in and trained at a number of London trusts during her career.
Terry Whittle
Terry took up his post in November 2023. He joined the Trust from Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he has worked as Director of Finance since 2021. Prior to joining Milton Keynes, he was Director of Financial Performance for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Terry began his NHS career with the NHS graduate programme and has subsequently held a number of senior finance roles including Head of Finance for NHS Improvement in London, as well as in a national capacity for the Department of Health and Social Care in England.

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