48Barts Health NHS Trust is delighted to announce that Alwen Williams has been appointed as its substantive Chief Executive.

The appointment follows an open and competitive selection process which included independent external assessment.

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of the Trust John Bacon said:

“I am personally delighted by this appointment and I would like to congratulate Alwen and wish her every success in the role.  The Trust faces significant challenges in the period ahead but I am confident that, under Alwen’s leadership and with the support of the Board, we will make the improvements necessary to deliver consistently safe and compassionate care for all our patients.”

Alwen Williams said:

“The immense scale of what staff at Barts Health do on a day to day basis is truly inspiring and I have been so proud to see some truly excellent care being provided since joining the Trust as interim Chief Executive in June.

“We know that we have improvements to make – our patients deserve safe and compassionate care every single time they come to one of our hospitals or services. From meeting many dedicated and committed colleagues in wards and departments over the last few months, it is clear to me that we are determined to make the improvements and we have the skill and capability to do so.”


Alwen Williams CBE joined Barts Health NHS Trust as Interim Chief Executive on 1 June 2015.  Alwen has been a manager in the NHS since 1980 and has 12 years’ experience of being an NHS chief executive. She has worked in primary care, community and acute services, commissioning and joint planning. She previously spent nine years working at The Royal London Hospital and held posts as Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust, Chief Executive of NHS East London and the City, and Chief Executive of NHS North East London where she led the two PCT clusters which covered all the London boroughs in North East London.  From April 2013 to May 2015 Alwen was Director of Delivery and Development for the London region at the NHS Trust Development Authority.