Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE has worked in the NHS since he joined at the age of eighteen as a management trainee. He worked his way up towards senior management, developing a profound understanding of the organisation and workings of the NHS. He began his career at the Newcastle General Hospital, becoming senior management lead of the Freeman Hospital. In 1977, he was appointed as Chief Executive of the newly founded Freeman Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.
A major merge of the three teaching hospitals in Newcastle led to the establishment of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, which won the Dr Foster Hospital of the Year award in 2004. It subsequently became one of the very first Trusts in the country to achieve Foundation Trust status.
Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE has remained at the helm of the organisation throughout the many changes in the NHS since its establishment and is the longest serving hospital Chief Executive in the NHS today. He received a knighthood for services to the NHS in 2008.