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UCLH appoints new top boss

Professor Marcel Levi is leaving London for a new life in the Netherlands

12 February, 2021 — By Tom Foot

Mr Probert is “looking forward to delivering the best healthcare” 

UNIVERSITY College London Hospitals has a new top boss.

David Probert will take over the NHS trust in Euston Road in the late summer when he moves from Moorfieds in Islington, having run the famous eye hospital for five years.

Mr Probert is replacing Prof Marcel Levi as chief who is leaving UCLH for a government advisory job in Holland in April.

Before joining Moorfields, Mr Probert was director of strategic development at UCLH.

He said: “It is a huge honour to be returning to UCLH as chief executive. UCLH is a national and international leader in clinical care, education and research and, in the last year, its staff have shown enormous resilience and professionalism in responding to the pressures of the pandemic.

“I am very much looking forward to working alongside so many talented teams to deliver the very best healthcare we can to the patients and communities we serve.”

UCLH chair Baroness Julia Neuberger said: “He is an outstanding leader with a strong track record in developing NHS services to meet modern healthcare
needs. David joins us at a time of unprecedented strain on the NHS.”

Prov Levi will be stepping down on March 31 ahead of his role as chairman and chief executive of the Netherlands Research Council and chief scientific officer of the Netherlands.

UCLH’s current deputy chief executive officer Tim
Jaggard will become interim CEO from April 1 until Mr Probert arrives.

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