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Neil Ashman appointed CEO

Neil Ashman

We are delighted to announce that Dr Neil Ashman will become the next Chief Executive of The Royal London and Mile End hospitals after Jackie Sullivan retires.

Currently our group director of clinical transformation, Dr Ashman has been associated with The Royal London for most of his medical career, including being deputy chief executive from 2017-19.

He was appointed this week after an open competition from a strong field which included international candidates. Jackie leaves us at the end of this month and Lucie Butler, director of nursing, will be acting chief executive until arrangements are made for a formal handover.   

Dr Ashman specialised at the Royal London before being appointed as a consultant nephrologist – specialising in diseases of the kidney – almost 20 years ago.

Since then he has held a variety of key roles including chair of the medicine board, national clinical advisor for the NHSE Renal Service Transformation Programme, and London clinical lead for outpatients within the elective recovery programme.

He was deputy CEO for the period in which The Royal London team achieved a Good rating from the Care Quality Commission, and was influential in setting up key partnerships in Tower Hamlets with community services, GPs and the local authority.

Neil said: “There is still much to do for the people of Tower Hamlets and east London, both with our partners and within our group of hospitals. It is an incredible privilege to follow Jackie Sullivan’s superb leadership. 

“I’ll be working with some of the most talented and capable staff in the NHS, with a skilled and tested executive team in one of the most diverse and exciting boroughs in the country. I look forward to joining you, hearing your views, and shaping a shared purpose for our hospitals and our patients.”

Interviews for the substantive chief executive posts at Newham and Whipps Cross hospitals, currently held on an interim basis, are scheduled for the end of the month.  

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  1. Heather Noble Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 10:42 AM

    Congratulations Neil! This is great news for RLH and for us all.

  2. Beverley Newbold Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Over the moon!!!
    Congratulationsss to you Neil!!

  3. Pauline Mazzella Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 11:48 AM

    Congratulations Neil. Fantastic news for all at RLH.

  4. Arun Gupta Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 11:55 AM

    Huge Congratulations Neil great news

  5. Mahalia Casabar Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Big Congratulations Dr. Ashman! from Transplant Nursing Team.

  6. Lilian Ekeh Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 01:47 PM

    Congratulations Dr Ashman.

  7. Nanaakua Acheampomaa Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 03:38 PM

    Congratulation DR Ashman

  8. Nicholas Porteous Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 03:38 PM

    congratulations Neil this great news I look forward to lost of partnership working as my role site lead for RLH/MEH Bartsablity Network and from a staff side union protestive

  9. Ros Waring Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 03:42 PM

    Many congratulations Neil!

  10. Nicholas Porteous Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 03:44 PM

    congratulations Neil great news I look forward to more partnership working on behalf of BartsAbility and on behalf of the Staff side as UNISON union rep, as know you from Renal you are very approachable

  11. Jo Morgan Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 03:48 PM

    Congratulations - fantastic news for the RLH and the rest of the Trust!

  12. Joli Augustine Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 04:12 PM

    Congratulations Dr Neil. Proud of Renal Unit

  13. Joli Augustine Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 04:12 PM

    Congratulations Dr Neil. Proud of Renal Unit

  14. Joli Augustine Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 04:14 PM

    Congratulations Dr Neil. Proud of Renal Unit

  15. Guida Kurzer Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 04:31 PM

    Congratulations Dr Ashman

  16. agnes manuel Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 04:38 PM

    Wow! Congratulations Neil! :)

  17. Dorcas Oyekan Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 05:24 PM

    Congrats Neil,i pray your tenure will be wonderful and awesome.

  18. Blessing Anyaegbunam Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 05:39 PM

    congrats Neil

  19. Samaniego Cresenciana Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 06:31 PM

    Hi Doctor Ashman! Well deserved. Keep up the good job and more power. From all of us at Lister Ward, Whipps Cross Hospital.

  20. Mary Cecile Rabuya Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 06:57 PM

    A big congratulations Dr. Neil Ashman!!
    Happy for your new role.
    From Renal HDU Team

  21. Francis Chinegwundoh Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 07:25 PM

    Congratulations Neil

  22. Veronica Ntuli Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 05:21 AM

    Well done , congrats Dr Neil!!
    We are so proud of you.

  23. Rachel Nganjo Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 07:09 AM

    Congratulations Neil and well done! I know you have a lot to give to the Trust .All the best in your new role!!!

  24. Ossie Ali Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 08:28 AM

    Congratulations Dr Ashman, I wish you all the very best in your new role.

  25. Helen Byrne Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 08:29 AM

    Warmest congratulations Neil, and every best wish

  26. Delordson Kallon Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 08:32 AM

    Many congratulations Neil!

  27. Nomkhosi Malinga Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 09:42 AM

    Congrats Dr Neil!! Best wishes

  28. Ancy Thomas Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 10:03 AM

    Hearty congratulations Neil!!!
    Great news for us at the London...

  29. Henrietta Konadu-Obeng Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 01:09 PM

    Very proud of you- A huge Congratulations to you!

  30. Lynn Roberts Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 02:27 PM

    Congratulations Neil great News. Wishing you all the best in your new role
    from BBV Renal unit.
    Onwards and upwards for the RLH!

  31. Lynn Roberts Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 02:33 PM

    Congratulations Neil !
    Great news wishing you all the best in your new role.
    You have given a lot to the royal London hospital over the years.
    may we continue to go onwards and up wards.
    Best wishes from BBV Dialysis Unit

  32. Jamil Subhan Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 03:17 PM

    Well Done! Congratulations! All the best in your new role.

  33. Clare Whittaker Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 05:57 PM

    Well I never; Congratulations Neil,
    We are all there behind you; and know that you'll be behind us all.

  34. Rajeshwar Ramkhelawon Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 07:01 PM

    Congratulations Neil
    From : Rajeshwar
    Renal Research

  35. Sue Sawyer Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 09:57 PM

    Great appointment, great news for North East London and Congratulations Neil !

  36. Debbie Chagadama Friday, 10 June 2022 at 09:00 AM

    Great news and congratulations Neil!

  37. Grace Waters Friday, 10 June 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Congratulations Neil! (midwifery)

  38. Surjeet Chana Friday, 10 June 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Well done Neil. Truly deserved.

  39. Razna Friday, 10 June 2022 at 10:33 AM

    Congratulations and well done!
    From me and the Maternity team RLH

  40. Karchung Tenzin Friday, 10 June 2022 at 11:03 PM

    Congratulations Dr. Ashman. Great news.
    from 9F ward Renal

  41. Tenzin Sherab Saturday, 11 June 2022 at 01:42 PM

    Congratulation to you Neil. Great news for RLH.

  42. Femikemi Jeboda Sunday, 12 June 2022 at 07:38 AM

    Congratulations to you
    So happy for you.
    Bes wishes in all !!!

  43. Femikemi Jeboda Sunday, 12 June 2022 at 07:39 AM

    Congratulations to you
    So happy for you.
    Bes wishes in all !!!

  44. Danisa Moyo Sunday, 12 June 2022 at 11:40 PM

    Congrats Dr Ashman. Best wishes

  45. James Mathew Monday, 13 June 2022 at 09:22 AM

    Congratulations Neil!!!

  46. Georgina Baidya Monday, 13 June 2022 at 09:58 AM

    Congratulations Neil.

  47. Bijendra Patel Monday, 13 June 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Congratulation Neil, looking forward to working with you

  48. Maha Mohamed Monday, 13 June 2022 at 01:55 PM

    Congratulations Dr Ashman!
    Great news for Renal, Royal London and for patient care in East London.
    You will be awesome !

  49. Katie Durman Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at 09:23 AM

    Congratulations Neil !!
    Sorry to see you move further away from renal, but delighted to have your caring and inclusive leadership at RLH. The renal dietitians wish you all the best !

  50. Amanda Malinga Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at 09:30 AM

    Well deserved! Congratulations Dr Ashman.
    Diabetes CNS

  51. Tenzin Sherab Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at 10:29 PM

    Congratulation Neil. Good news for all of us RLH.

  52. Evangeline Bernabe Wednesday, 15 June 2022 at 02:14 PM

    Congratulations Dr Ashman! Excellent news, we're so happy for you! Although we' missing you here at Bart's. :)

  53. Salwa Sunday, 19 June 2022 at 09:47 PM

    congrats Neil, I hope one day I can work with you

  54. Richard Fluck Wednesday, 22 June 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Very well done, Neil, from your colleagues in the RSTP and the Renal CRG at NHSEI

  55. Kathy McLean Sunday, 26 June 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Many congratulations Neil. You will be brilliant!

  56. Dennis Whitmore Sunday, 24 July 2022 at 05:22 PM

    Congratulations and best wishes Neil.