New trust chief takes up role

Foluke Ajayi
Foluke Ajayi

A new Chief Operating Officer has been appointed at Foluke Ajayi has been appointed at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

As part of the executive team, Foluke Ajayi will be instrumental in leading and driving forward continued improvements in care and operational performance, the trust said.

She will also provide strategic leadership to the operational teams.

Foluke, a former clinical scientist, will be joining the trust from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Foluke joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2008, first as a directorate manager, then progressing to lead the trust’s internationally-renowned cancer centre as general manager.

Before working in Leeds, Foluke held senior positions with NHS Employers and the Department of Health, where she was deputy to the Chief Scientific Officer.

Foluke said: “I am delighted to be joining the trust and looking forward to meeting patients, staff, governors and other colleagues across Morecambe Bay.

“In Better Care Together, the trust, together with its local partners, has developed an exciting strategy to transform health and care services for its local population.

“I want to be part of this unique opportunity to make a real difference for patients and communities, whilst at the same time developing modern, 21st century facilities for everyone who visits and works in our hospitals.”