Queen Victoria Hospital appoints new chief executive

Tuesday 20th June 2023

Queen Victoria Hospital appoints new chief executive

James Lowell has been appointed as chief executive of Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH).

James is currently Chief Operating Officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Place Executive Lead for Southwark on the Board of South East London Integrated Care System. James has also held director roles at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership and Kent and Medway Integrated Care System.

Jackie Smith, Chair of Queen Victoria Hospital said: “I am delighted that James Lowell will be joining QVH at this key stage in developing the organisation. James has the ability and experience to help us shape our strategic future at the same time as maintaining robust delivery and compassionate care. His values and skills will help us continue to shape our future as a centre of excellence, recognised by patients for our outstanding care and by staff as an excellent place to work.”

Commenting on his appointment James Lowell said: “I was impressed by the warmth and enthusiasm that people at Queen Victoria Hospital have for their work and the organisation. As a specialist surgical centre treating people from across the South of England and beyond, there is both a high level of expertise and a tangible pride in the compassionate care given to the patients we are privileged to serve. My job is to work with staff and stakeholders to build on that skill and commitment, working with our partners in order to take the hospital forward into the next chapter of its unique story.”

Adam Doyle, chief executive of NHS Sussex said: “I very much welcome James’ appointment to this role. QVH plays a key part in the wider healthcare system and I am confident that James’ experience and system approach will further strengthen our collaborative working for the benefit of our local population.”

James will join the Trust in September. Abigail Jago, director of strategy and partnerships, is acting chief executive in the interim.

For more information please email the QVH Press Office at qvh.communications@nhs.net