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OUH Chief Executive Officer announces he will step down on 30 June 2022

11/01/2022

Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role on 30 June 2022.

He said: "I have very much enjoyed leading OUH since 2015 and I want to take this opportunity to thank every member of staff for delivering compassionate excellence to the populations and patients who we serve, especially during the current difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am very proud of everything we have achieved together as OneTeamOneOUH in response to the pandemic and of the strength of our unique relationship with the University of Oxford, which means our staff and patients have played a key role in Oxford's place at the very heart of global research into COVID-19.

"At this stage in my life, I have decided to spend more time with family and friends around the world and so I have announced that I will be stepping down from my role at OUH at the end of June."

Trust Chair, Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery, has written a personal message to all OUH staff today announcing Dr Holthof's decision to step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer later this year.

He said: "Bruno has held this very demanding position for almost seven years and now wants a more flexible working life that will enable him to visit family abroad more easily.

"He has given notice of his intention to step down from his role now so that the Trust can begin the search for his successor and ensure that there is an orderly handover. This timing will also enable him to continue to steer the Trust's response to the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I would like to thank Bruno for his service to OUH since his appointment in October 2015. He has set the tone for our commitment to compassionate excellence and he has shown exceptional leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been one of the most demanding and prolonged challenges that any Chief Executive could face.

"Bruno is rightly very proud of what staff at OUH and in our partner organisations have achieved in rising to the personal and professional challenges which we have all faced over the past two years. His personal contribution during this period in particular has been immense."

About Dr Bruno Holthof:

  • Dr Bruno Holthof was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015 – OUH employs more than 14,000 staff across four hospital sites and 44 other locations
  • Before OUH, he was CEO of the Antwerp Hospital Network from January 2004 until September 2015, transforming it into the most profitable hospital group in Belgium
  • Before becoming a CEO, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, serving a wide range of healthcare clients in Europe and the United States and gaining significant expertise in the areas of strategy, organisation and operations
  • He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MD/PhD from the University of Leuven in Belgium