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Trust appoints group chief executive

Published on: 13 Oct 2023

Royal Free London Foundation Trust has confirmed Peter Landstrom as its substantive group chief executive.

Mr Landstrom joined the north London trust in April 2022 as group chief delivery officer. He had previously been chief delivery and strategy officer for University Hospitals Sussex FT. 

He became the Royal Free’s acting CEO this May when Caroline Clarke was finally confirmed as the NHS’s regional director for London after months of delay.

Mr Landstrom entered the NHS in 2003 after working as a management consultant at PwC. He worked at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in Wales for more than a decade.

HSJ understands at least two other senior trust leaders in the capital are thought to have gone for the Royal Free role.

The Royal Free group includes Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital. Deborah Sanders is the Barnet site’s CEO and Chase Farm’s acting chief executive. John Connolly is the chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital site.

Royal Free chair Mark Lam said: “During his time at the trust, Peter has been instrumental in setting a clear vision and direction for our organisation with a focus on ensuring our patients get the very best of the NHS when they walk through our doors.

“This includes a relentless focus on our performance amid the ongoing pressures faced by our trust and the entire NHS.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Peter as he leads the Royal Free London into the next chapter of its history.”

Mr Landstrom said it was an “enormous privilege and honour” to take up the role following his appointment.

He added: “Since I started at the Royal Free London, I have been struck by just how much pride every single member of staff has in their services and by their absolute dedication to patients, our organisation and to each other.

“The challenges faced by the NHS are very real, but our commitment to providing clinical excellence with research at the heart of everything we do, alongside best-in-class education and training for our staff, means we have cause for optimism for the future.

“I look forward to working with colleagues and our partners to deliver world-class care for our patients.”