Interim Chief Executive Appointed as Paul Hawkins takes up new role

Published: Friday 24 Jan 2020

Interim Chief Executive Carol Potter

Interim Chief Executive Carol Potter

After nearly five years in the role NHS Fife Chief Executive Paul Hawkins is to leave to take up a secondment as Chief Executive with NHS Highland.

Paul will leave NHS Fife at the end of January 2020. Carol Potter, currently NHS Fife Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive will take up the post of Interim Chief Executive.

Tricia Marwick, Chair of NHS Fife, said: 

“On behalf of the Board I’d like to thank Paul Hawkins for his commitment and dedication to NHS Fife and the people of the Kingdom of Fife. Paul leaves NHS Fife in good shape to meet the challenges ahead. I have been grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with him as the Chair of NHS Fife Board. We are sorry to see him go but wish him well as he takes up new challenges and opportunities with NHS Highland. 

“I am delighted that Carol Potter is to take over as interim Chief Executive of NHS Fife.  As our current Director of Finance and Executive Board Member, Carol has already shown her professionalism and dedication and she is much respected through the organisation. I look forward to working with her as the interim Chief Executive in the period ahead.”

Paul Hawkins, Chief Executive of NHS Fife said;

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the staff at NHS Fife, the Board and our partner organisations for all their hard work and commitment in working with me to serve the people of Fife during my tenure as Chief Executive.

“NHS Fife is a fantastic organisation made up of passionate people who have a great reputation for delivering excellence in patient outcomes and experiences. 

“We can all take both pride and satisfaction in having delivered most of the Scottish Government performance targets, positing NHS Fife as one of the better performing boards in Scotland,   maintaining a break even position in relation to our budgets amidst a challenging operational environment.

“Along with this NHS Fife is embarking on an ambitious £34 million capital project to build a state-of-the-art elective orthopaedic facility at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy helping to secure our reputation as one of the most forward-thinking orthopaedic teams anywhere in the country.

“This demonstrates that as an organisation we were and are prepared to deliver innovative change and improved efficiency whilst at the same time maintaining patient safety – we now however need to see real transformational change at a system wide level in order to make further progress and will continue to work with our partners across the health and social care sector to achieve this.

“I will watch with interest on how NHS Fife continues to lead the way for Scotland in a wide range of patient focused health and social care initiatives and wish my successor, Carol Potter, the Board and NHS Fife staff all the best for the future.”


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