Local health board appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has announced a Cheif Executive Officer that wil start on 19th June 2017.

Len Richards is currently the Deputy Chief Executive for South Australia Health, which is a State Government Department of Health based in Adelaide. The Department has responsibility for the planning, commissioning and service delivery of the public health system in Adelaide, South Australia. Len is expected to start in his new post on 19 June 2017.

Len has a strong track record in leading large complex NHS organisations in the UK. He moved to Australia in November 2013, however his leadership skills were developed during 26 years with the National Health Service in Great Britain. Len has supported staff to deliver a range of significant improvements and achievements throughout his career and more recently to the Central Queensland and South Australia communities.

Cardiff and Vale Health Boards new Chief Executive Officer, Len Richards.

Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB, Maria Battle, said: “I am delighted that Len is joining us at Cardiff and Vale. He brings a broad international and UK-wide NHS based experience which we are very much looking forward to utilising. Len’s focus on leadership, performance delivery and finance is a key factor in the appointment but he also has a strong community focus, is interested in people and has a desire to work with staff and patients to make their health services better. The Board and I consider this combination to be the ideal choice for Cardiff and Vale UHB in supporting us in the challenging times that we and other NHS providers are facing.”

She continued: “It is the strength, dedication and commitment of our leaders that enable us to face those challenges and serve our communities; not only in Cardiff and Vale but across Wales. Also to continue developing our excellent clinical services and strive towards new and exciting innovative approaches in caring for people and keeping them well.”

Len said: “I am very much looking forward to working across a whole integrated health system in Wales and the current challenges that it brings. My NHS experience is vast, and it is some of the innovative and ground breaking work which I have delivered across complex health systems that I will bring to Cardiff and Vale UHB.”

My first few months will be spent getting to grips with understanding the systems in place and meeting many of the people, who I can already see are doing a sterling job. However, with leadership comes responsibility, and there is a lot of hard work to do to secure the Integrated Medium Term Plan (IMTP), focus on finance and performance and enable staff to continue to deliver great services.”

He concluded by saying: “I am very much looking forward to coming back home to the UK and Wales in particular. This is a big job and I am under no illusions how vital it will be to talk to and hear the views of patients, staff and those who make the health service work … I believe that most solutions are found when people listen and work together.”

Cardiff and Vale UHB will be developing a programme of events to enable the new CEO to meet as many of the staff and patients as possible as Len begins his new role in June.

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