North Bristol Chief Executive to retire

Thursday, 5 December 2019

North Bristol Chief Executive to retire.

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) Chief Executive, Andrea Young, has announced she plans to retire next year after a long and distinguished NHS career.

Andrea started her career in 1977 as a student nurse and subsequently trained and practised as a midwife. Before joining NBT six years ago she worked nationally and regionally across a wide range of public health and health commissioning roles.

Andrea has overseen a range of achievements at NBT. These include leading the move into the multi-award winning, state-of-the-art hospital in 2014 and most recently being recognised by the Care Quality Commission as “Good” overall with “Outstanding” care and leadership.

The process of recruiting a new Chief Executive will begin in January 2020 and Andrea expects to leave in the summer.

NBT Chair, Michele Romaine, said:

“I am very sad to lose someone who has  provided such determined and compassionate leadership to NBT, but Andrea and I both agree that the organisation is in a great place and she can confidently and with a great deal of pride, pass it on to someone new to build on her legacy.

“When I came to be the Chair at NBT it was so important that Andrea and I shared the same values, a vision for the future and an absolutely belief in what NBT can be. 

“As an organisation we have made such positive progress, endorsed by the CQC and so my task now is to make sure we recruit someone who can pick up the baton of One NBT and who believes in our shared commitment to compassionate, patient-centred care.”

Andrea said:

“The role of Chief Executive at North Bristol Trust has been the job of my life, so it is with a lot of sadness that I have made the decision to retire.

“But with a fantastic CQC inspection result achieved this summer and an ambitious five year strategy being published in the New Year, I know we are in a strong place for a new leader to pick up the baton of OneNBT.

“I wouldn’t feel able to go if I wasn’t absolutely confident that NBT is in the best possible shape to hand over, with some of the very finest staff who have all played a part in moving us forward.

“We also have a resilient and experienced top team and Board which is flying under the leadership of Michele Romaine.

“Michele I know will prioritise finding a successor who lives and breathes the culture of creativity, determination, compassion, respect and professionalism that NBT is known for.

“After more than 40 years in the NHS, I can’t begin to do justice to all the remarkable things that staff do every day. It’s an enormous privilege to be part of this shared endeavour.”