St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Jacqueline Totterdell as its new Chief Executive.

Jacqueline is currently Chief Operating Officer at Barts Health, a role she has held since 2015.

Before taking on her current role at Barts, Jacqueline was Chief Executive of West Middlesex University NHS Trust, where she helped steer its merger with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

She was previously Chief Executive of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she spent five years. She has also been Chief Operating Officer at The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust.

Jacqueline’s start date at St George’s is currently being agreed, and will be confirmed shortly. In the meantime, Professor Simon Mackenzie will continue in his role as Chief Executive at the Trust.

Commenting on her appointment, Jacqueline said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the team at St George’s. This is an exciting opportunity and, as Chief Executive, I intend to support, champion and empower the Trust’s fantastic staff to provide the best care possible for patients and their families. I can’t wait to start, and look forward to working with the Trust Board and staff to build on the improvement journey already started.”

Gillian Norton, who starts as Trust Chair at the beginning of April, and has been a Non-Executive Director at the Trust since June last year, said:

“I am confident that Jacqueline will be a first-rate addition to the team here at St George’s. Her experience and proven track record as an NHS leader will be crucial as we continue on our improvement journey. Jacqueline has made clear how highly she values staff and the importance of listening to their views, and this was an important factor in her appointment.”

Jacqueline was appointed to the role of Chief Executive at a meeting of the Trust’s Council of Governors this week. 

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  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Its main site, St George’s Hospital – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.