Julian Hartley


  Julian Hartley

Julian Hartley

Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Julian has been Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest trusts in the NHS with a budget of over £1 billion and more than 16,000 employees, since October 2013. 

Since then he has been spearheading a major culture change which has seen impressive results in terms of staff engagement and morale, and in September 2016 the Trust achieved a Good rating from the Care Quality Commission

He previously worked as Managing Director of NHS Improving Quality - a national organisation set up to drive change and improvement across the NHS.

Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee working in the North East of England. Following his training, he worked in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. His first Board Director appointment was at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, where he was responsible for planning, operations and strategy.

Julian led Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Chief Executive for three years, where he took it to three star status, developed new Primary Care Centres and managed the PCT’s involvement in the Shipman Inquiry.

From 2005 Julian was Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, seeing the Trust transform and go on to achieve major financial turnaround, secure Foundation Trust status and become one of the first Trusts in the country to meet 18-week targets. In addition, Julian chaired the North West Leadership Academy. 

Julian was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in June 2009 and led a major turnaround in MRSA reduction, A&E and 18 week performance.  He also introduced a major programme of cultural change to improve patient experience and outcomes.

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