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Local NHS Chief Executive, Glen Burley, is named one of the top six healthcare leaders in the country

Press release – April 13 2022


Glen Burley, Chief Executive at Wye Valley NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust (GEH), has been named as a runner up in the prestigious Health Service Journal’s “Top Chief Executives for 2022”.

Glen started his career in the NHS as a Finance Trainee in 1983 and now oversees the three acute and community NHS trusts.

He joined SWFT as Chief Executive in 2006, and steered the Trust through financial turnaround, achieving Foundation Trust status in 2010 and achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission in 2019.

In 2016 Glen became Chief Executive of Wye Valley NHS Trust, and has seen the Trust improve and innovate through the sharing of best practice and learning from each other. More latterly the Foundation Group was joined by the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

The three organisations are collectively known as the “Foundation Group”.

With Glen’s leadership and passion the Trusts have continually improved by working together to overcome common challenges and share best practice.

He strongly believes that happy and motivated staff provide the very best care to patients and therefore the organisations he leads place great emphasis on staff engagement and wellbeing.

This is demonstrated by all three Trusts making significant improvements in the national NHS staff survey.

In recognition for his on-going commitment to health services, Glen was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Coventry University.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive of the Foundation Group, said: “I’m honoured to be named in this list, among some amazing colleagues. Working in the NHS has been extremely rewarding and recognition like this is a credit to all of the people I have the privilege of working with.”


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £295 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928


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