EX-CHIEF EXECUTIVE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON HOSPITALS BSc Hons Applied Chemistry 1972, HonDSc 2009
Sir Robert recently retired after 16 years as Chief Executive of University College Hospitals (UCLH), one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.
As Chief Executive, Sir Robert oversaw six central London hospitals and an organisation with an annual turnover of around £940 million and 8,180 staff. Each year, its hospitals deliver more than 500,000 outpatient appointments and admit more than 100,000 patients.
Under Sir Robert’s leadership, UCLH was frequently rated the top performing NHS trust. He leaves an important legacy and a wide-ranging portfolio of initiatives which has bolstered UCLH’s position as a global leader in healthcare and research.
A highpoint in Sir Robert’s career was overseeing the latest phase of UCLH, which opened in 2005.
Later developments included the UK’s first ambulatory cancer centre and the National Proton Beam Centre. The latter is part of a £250 million government investment and will deliver pioneering treatment to patients who would otherwise have to travel abroad.
Sir Robert has also influenced and informed national policy development and chaired a national review examining the future of the NHS leadership. Another highlight was chairing the London Chief Executives group and the Shelford Group.
Since retiring, Sir Robert has been using his industry experience to shape healthcare trusts around the world.