Trust appoints Peter Herring as Interim Chief Executive

03 May 2018 - Peter Herring has been appointed Interim Chief Executive for King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Herring

Peter Herring has been appointed Interim Chief Executive for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He will join the Trust on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

“With over thirty-five years’ experience of working in the NHS, I am very pleased that Peter is joining King’s,” commented Ian Smith, Interim Chairman, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “His passion for patient care and public health coupled with a proven track record of strong leadership, performance improvement and financial expertise that will strengthen the existing leadership team. He will play a pivotal role in moving the Trust onto a more robust and sustainable financial and performance footing.”

Peter has spent his entire career in public health and financial management particularly within the NHS. His last Chief Executive role was interim Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHSFT where he helped move the Trust out of special measures. Previously he has been Chief Executive at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to undertake the role of interim Chief Executive at King’s until a substantive appointment is made later in the year,” added Peter. “And I very much look forward to meeting the staff and rest of the team at the Trust.”

The Trust has launched its search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer.

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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at

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