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Caroline Clarke is new top boss of Royal Free

New chief executive started out at Hampstead hospital as trainee in 1991

13 February, 2019

Caroline Clarke

CAROLINE Clarke has been unveiled as the new top boss of the Royal Free –  28 years after she joined the Hampstead  NHS trust as a trainee.

Ms Clarke has been the deputy chief executive of the Royal Free in Pond Street for the past seven years.

She has today replaced Sir David Sloman as ”group chief executive” after he left to run London’s NHS, as regional director.

Ms Clarke will oversee the way the Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital work together, sharing patient services and staff.

She will preside over three other chief executives running the individual hospital trusts, which merged together as the “Royal Free London” group in 2014.

According to the trust’s 2017/18 accounts, Ms Clarke was paid £175,000 basic salary as deputy chief executive while Sir David commanded a £245,000 a year salary.

Ms Clarke said she was “delighted and honoured”, adding: “We have over 10,000 of the most committed, brilliant staff that I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. Together we have the opportunity to continue to make a huge difference to the communities and to the lives of the patients we serve. ”

Chairman Dominic Dodd also said he was delighted with the appointment.



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