Leeds Teaching Hospitals appoints chief executive

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Professor Phil Wood as its chief executive.

Previously, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive, Professor Wood will start his role from 1 February 2023.

Phil joined the trust in 2002 as a consultant immunologist and has since held operational and strategic roles including medical director for strategy and planning and clinical director for pathology and for oncology. He has executive accountability for the delivery of the trust’s research & innovation activity and is also chair of the North East & Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service Board.

Dame Linda Pollard, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chair, said: “I am delighted that Professor Wood has accepted the role as our new chief executive.

“Not only does Phil understand the trust well, his enthusiasm to build on our strong foundations for the future and his refreshing approach to bringing about positive changes and progress impressed the recruitment panel in what was an extremely challenging and robust recruitment process against some incredibly high-quality candidates as you might expect for a trust of our size and reputation.”

Professor Phil Wood, added: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of chief executive of one of the largest and busiest teaching hospitals in the country. As we know, the past few years have been incredibly challenging for staff, patients and all healthcare colleagues. However, by working together, being patient focused and using our strong improvement methods, I believe we can take Leeds Teaching Hospitals on to the next part of its journey and to further success.”