James Lowell joined Queen Victoria Hospital in September 2023 as Chief Executive.
Prior to joining QVH James was Chief Operating Officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Southwark Place Executive Lead for the South East London Integrated Care Board. He is an experienced systems leader having worked in several health and systems partnership roles including leading the Covid-19 recovery response for the Kent and Medway Integrated Care System (ICS).
Prior to the pandemic, James was the Director of System Transformation for the Medway and Swale Integrated Care Partnership, establishing one of four place-based partnerships that underpinned the developing ICS. From 2016, he was part of the executive team who were successful in leading Medway NHS Foundation Trust out of the CQC Quality special measures.
James has been working in the NHS since 1996 when, after leaving school, he joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) initially as a Porter and then as a Healthcare Scientist apprentice in Anatomical Pathology, eventually serving as Chair of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology. He continued to work for GSTT for the next 20 years in progressive leadership roles.