Farewell Sir Robert Naylor 

30/09/2016 00:00 
Today marks the final day for Sir Robert Naylor as our chief executive. We wish him all the very best for the future.
 

Sir Robert joined UCLH 16 years ago in November 2000 when the contract for the new hospital had been signed and, during his time at the helm, he’s been an impressive leader.
 
One of the many people paying tribute is renowned health commentator and broadcaster, Roy Lilley, who years ago gave our esteemed leader the moniker of Bob the Builder. Writing in the latest edition of his respected e-newsletter for NHS managers, Mr Lilley said: “Bob built a career in the footsteps of his father; a hospital administrator. Through the NHS management scheme, to management roles and surfacing as a chief executive in Birmingham. From there, at the behest of the Secretary of State of the day, Alan Milburn, to being the boss of the pile of bricks that was to become the glass tower of UCLH.”
 
As Mr Lilley rightly notes in his article, one of Sir Robert’s key priorities has been staff empowerment. In the latest edition of Inside Story Sir Robert paid tribute to staff:  “I would like to thank the thousands of staff who have made my time here so memorable. I applaud the commitment, skill and compassion you have shown which has made UCLH such an outstanding success … I am enormously proud of our staff for their tireless efforts to be the best that we can be for our patients.”
 
Chair Richard Murley said: “It’s been a privilege working with Robert over the years through the changing and challenging times of the NHS. We wish him the very best of luck and happiness for the future.”
 
Neil Griffiths, deputy chief executive, will become interim chief executive until 3 January 2017 when Marcel Levi will take up his appointment as the new chief executive of UCLH.
 
Sir Robert says he won’t simply be “slipping into retirement” but will be taking on a new non-executive portfolio career with board level positions around the world. He is also continuing his role as a government advisor on NHS property.

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