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New Chief Executive appointed at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT)

11 Aug 21

Karen Taylor to become HPFT Chief Executive

Karen Taylor has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).  Karen is currently the Deputy Chief Executive at HPFT and with nearly 23 years’ experience working across mental health, learning disability, community and acute services in the NHS.  She has a proven track record of working with partners and colleagues to deliver great care for service users and carers.

Karen’s appointment was made following an open and competitive selection process and comes after Tom Cahill’s announcement in June that he will stand down as HPFT’s Chief Executive in December after 12 years in the role

Karen Taylor said: “I am thrilled to be taking up the role of Chief Executive at HPFT. It is a real honour to be asked to lead an organisation that I feel so passionately about and where I am so proud to work.   I am looking forward to working with our dedicated teams and colleagues across our health and care systems to improve outcomes for our local communities and to provide the very best care for those who need our help and support”

Sarah Betteley, Chair of HPFT, said: “I want to congratulate Karen on her appointment as our next Chief Executive.  Karen’s passion for providing high quality care, supporting our staff and her commitment to getting things right for our service users and the wider communities we serve was evident throughout the selection process.   I look forward to working closely with her in her new role.”

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