A new chief executive has been appointed to lead the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital during the most challenging time in its history.
Following a rigorous two-day selection process, Julie Hartley-Jones CBE has been recruited in the role and had a long trip to come for the interview. Currently she lives in Australia where she is employed as programme director for statewide clinical support services in South Australia.
As she is required to work her notice, Julie won’t take up her new role until next year on January 4. In the meantime, Suzanne Tracey, one of the RD&E’s deputy chief executives, has been appointed acting chief executive succeeding Angela Pedder, who left at the end of June to become the lead chief executive to the Devon-wide Success Regime.
Julie said: “I am really excited to have this opportunity to lead the RD&E. It 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.”
Julie will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the RD&E. She originally trained as a nurse and 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 m people.
Julie was awarded a CBE in the millennium New Year’s Honours List for services to renal nursing.