The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new interim chief executive officer Paul Roberts.

Paul joins the Trust on September 20 and will head the Trust as they look to appoint a substantive CEO, which is expected to take 9-12 months. 

Paul has spent 35 years in the NHS and 28 as a chief executive. He was formerly CEO of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and retired earlier this year from his role as Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Shan Morgan, Chair of the Royal Devon, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Royal Devon. “He will bring his considerable expertise to the role, as we work to recover our operational and financial performance and embrace the learning from our recent CQC report, as well as deliver our Trust strategy working with our partners.”

Paul said: “I’m really pleased to be joining the Royal Devon University Healthcare Board as Chief Executive Officer on a temporary basis in September. 

“I have lived in Devon for most of my adult life and therefore health services here are important to me, my family and my friends. I have been aware of the strong reputation of the Royal Devon and its predecessor organisations for many years and therefore know what a privilege it will be to join the leadership team, albeit at a time of great pressure and challenge for everyone. 

“My aim will be to support the Board to ensure that colleagues feel valued and supported in their vital work and that our local communities are offered services to be proud of - both of which I know to be absolute priorities for the leadership team I am joining.”  

Over the coming weeks, I will work through an induction programme and I look forward to meeting teams and learning more about the organisation."

Shan added: “I would like to congratulate and thank Chris Tidman for the excellent leadership he has provided in his capacity as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and to give my thanks to all the executive directors and teams for continuing to progress with ambitious and challenging plans and programmes of work.”