Local healthcare trust appoints new chief executive

24 February 2014

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chief Executive, ahead of the retirement this summer of Richard Ord, the present Chief Executive.

Dr Ros Tolcher is currently Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust in Hampshire. She was appointed to the role in Harrogate following a rigorous process involving over 100 staff, Foundation Trust Governors and healthcare partners. She will start work at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust on Monday 4 August.

Mrs Sandra Dodson, Chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: We are delighted to be welcoming Ros as our new Chief Executive this summer. She has a proven track record of success in leading healthcare providers. We involved large numbers of staff, our publicly elected Governors and other partners in the local healthcare community in ensuring that we appointed the right person for the job.

Ros joins us at an exciting time for the Trust, following the positive report from the Care Quality Commission’s inspection of Harrogate District Hospital and the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre nearing completion to offer brand new facilities for cancer patients and their families.

We look forward to Ros leading what is already a high performing organisation, thanks to the efforts of our staff and to delivering even better quality care for those who use our services, both at Harrogate District Hospital and in our community based services across North Yorkshire.


Dr Ros Tolcher commented: Yorkshire is my home county and I have long planned to move back when the right time came. I am very much looking forward to joining a strong organisation and helping it to move forward in the coming years.

Dr Tolcher began her careers as a consultant in sexual health and later became clinical director of Sexual Health Services in Southampton. Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust in 2011, Dr Tolcher held posts as Medical Director for Southampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT), and Managing Director of Southampton Community Healthcare.

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