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New chairman appointed for Guy's and St Thomas'

Posted on Thursday 21st July 2022
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Charles Alexander

A new Chairman has been appointed to lead two of London’s largest NHS organisations. Charles Alexander will take on the role of Joint Chairman at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts from December 2022.  

Charles is currently the Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, roles he has held since 2016 and will continue to undertake until his term of office comes to an end in November. 

He succeeds Sir Hugh Taylor, who has served as Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ since 2011, and King’s College Hospital since 2019.

Welcoming the news, Sir Hugh said: “Following strong support from the Council of Governors in each Trust, we very much look forward to welcoming Charles to our organisations later in the year. 
 
“His passion for the NHS and strong desire to support our local communities, combined with strong connections to the life sciences sector and extensive leadership and commercial experience, will enable our organisations to continue to thrive and provide exceptional care to patients from across south east London, in north west London and from further afield.”

Charles has had a long and distinguished career working at board level across a number of different sectors, including the roles of Managing Director of international corporate and project finance at NM Rothschild, and President of GE Capital Europe. He is currently Chairman of VIVID Housing, a leading Housing Association and Housing Development Company in southern England, a role he has held since July 2021. 

Charles has also served on a number of other boards including at the English National Opera and as the Lead Non-Executive Director at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. He is a strong supporter of the arts, and chairs The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the musical charity Opera Rara. He spent 6 years volunteering with Trinity Hospice, providing support to patients and families at the end of life, and he was made a CBE in 2022 for his services to culture and health. 

Charles Alexander said: "It is a great privilege to have been entrusted with this position by the Councils of Governors of two of London and the UK’s most distinguished healthcare institutions, and I thank them warmly. I share the values and ambitions of both as they take forward their plans for better healthcare for all in the communities they serve. 

“I greatly look forward to taking up my appointment later in the year and to meet patients and staff of both Trusts on the ground to experience first-hand the outstanding service they provide.”

The appointment of the new Chairman was made jointly by the two Trusts and confirmed at special meetings of both Council of Governors on 1 July. This followed a recruitment process and recommendation led by the two nominations committees who formed a Committee in Common for this purpose.

Prof Ian Abbs, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted to welcome Charles to our organisation, and look forward to working with him as we take forward our ambitious agenda. Working together with colleagues, both at King’s College Hospital and more widely across London, we have a real opportunity to transform the care we provide to our local population. 

“I would also like to thank Hugh for his long and dedicated service to Guy’s and St Thomas’. Under his leadership over the past 12 years, the Trust has gone from strength to strength and grown significantly. Hugh has made a huge contribution to our Board, our organisation, and to our local communities, and is widely respected across the NHS.”