Airedale NHS FT appoints new Chief Executive

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive.

Foluke Ajayi has been chosen for the role and is currently working as the Director of Strategic Transformation at Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

Foluke began her career in audiology at Bradford NHS Foundation Trust before holding senior roles in the Department of Health and NHS Employers.

In 2008, Foluke also served as Directorate Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospital and General Manager of their Cancer Centre

Andrew Gold, Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said of the appointment: “We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Foluke Ajayi as the Trust’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“This is an excellent appointment for us. Foluke will ably and skilfully lead us as we move into what we hope will be a post-pandemic recovery period, and will provide a strong, experienced voice in both our local system and at a regional level.

“We look forward to welcoming her to the Trust in the spring.”

Foluke said: “I am delighted to be joining Airedale as chief executive. Airedale is an organisation with a great reputation and a clear ambition to make a real difference for its people, patients, and communities through valuing diversity and developing an environment for all to thrive.  My first task will be getting to know Airedale’s staff and volunteers, which I am looking forward to.

“I will be joining the Trust at an exciting time, as the new theatre and Intensive Care Unit buildings open.  I want to play my part, together with Airedale’s teams and partners, to transform health and care for the communities we serve and to continue the development of our estate to create modern, 21st-century facilities.”

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