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Trust appoints deputy as permanent CEO

Published on: 11 Mar 2024

A leader who began her career as an admin clerk has been given the top job at an acute trust.

Mary Fleming has been announced as the chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, having served in several senior leadership positions at the trust since 2016.

Ms Fleming began her NHS career 27 years ago as an admin clerk in radiology, before taking on various roles in trusts across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire.

She joined Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh in 2008, taking on management roles within surgery before she was appointed chief operating officer in 2016, and deputy chief executive in 2021.

Ms Fleming replaces Silas Nicholls as CEO at WWL, who left to take over Lancashire Teaching Hospitals FT earlier this year.

Mark Jones, chair of WWL, added: “Mary’s career progression, not only here at WWL but also through her 27 years within the NHS is a shining example of the amazing opportunities available to all our colleagues at WWL and those who may join us in the future.”

Ms Fleming said: “I care deeply about WWL and the community of the Wigan borough that I have such a strong connection with. It is not only a huge privilege, but also a source of pride to lead what I believe is one of the best organisations in the country to work for.

“I remain as passionate about the NHS today as the day I first started, with much of my inspiration for delivering quality care coming from my mother who was an NHS nurse.”