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Chief executive Prof Marcel Levi to quit University College London Hospitals

Hospital chief set for new role at the Dutch Research Council

06 October, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Professor Marcel Levi 

THE top boss of University College London Hospitals (UCLH) is to quit in April.

Professor Marcel Levi will leave the flagship NHS Trust to become the Chief Scientific Officer of the Netherlands.

He will also be the new chairman and chief executive of the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Senior staff at the hospital in Euston were informed this morning and later this morning UCLH put out a statement.

Prof Levi said: “By March next year I will have been at UCLH for four years and I am extremely grateful to have worked alongside so many excellent people.

“It has been an honour to lead such a fantastic organisation, particularly during the last six months when our teams have shown such professionalism and compassion in the most challenging of circumstances.”

A successor has not yet been found.

Prof Levi, who is from the Netherlands and studied medicine in Amsterdam, has been chief executive of UCLH since January 2017, replacing Sir Robert Naylor.He is also a professor and clinical dean of University College London.

In statement about his new role at the Dutch Research Council, Prof Levi said he hoped to be able to “accelerate the development of new basic inventions into innovations that can be applied in society”.

Last month, he warned UCLH board members that expansion projects would have to be put on the back-burner because of a squeeze on NHS funding to hospitals from October.

His report to the board said: “We do not yet know what our financial envelope will be, but it is likely to be insufficient to fully fund our recovery as well as our strategic capacity expansion plans in relation to critical care.”

UCLH chairwoman Julia Neuberger said: “He has been a superb chief executive and an outstanding leader, and his leadership and 24/7 presence at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was quite
extraordinary.”

 

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