A new chief executive has been appointed at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Ros Tolcher, head of Solent NHS Trust in Hampshire, is to replace the current chief executive Richard Ord when he retires this summer.
She was appointed to the role following a “rigorous” process involving over 100 staff, governors and partners, the trust said, and will start on August 4.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Ros as our new chief executive this summer,” said Sandra Dodson, chairman of Harrogate and District Foundation Trust.
“She has a proven track record of success in leading healthcare providers.
“We involved large numbers of staff, our publicly elected governors and other partners in the local healthcare community in ensuring that we appointed the right person for the job.”
Dr Tolcher began her career as a consultant in sexual health and later became clinical director of Sexual Health Services in Southampton. Prior to her appointment as chief executive of Solent NHS Trust in 2011, she held posts as medical director for Southampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT), and managing director of Southampton Community Healthcare.
“Yorkshire is my home county and I have long planned to move back when the right time came,” said Dr Tolcher. “I am very much looking forward to joining a strong organisation and helping it to move forward in the coming years.”