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Foluke Ajayi

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Foluke Ajayi

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Chief Executive Officer

Area of responsibility

As Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, Foluke is responsible for ensuring individual/patient and population needs are at the fore of all we do; and that high-quality outcomes, care and experience are delivered by well-motivated, well led and engaged colleagues.  She has a key role in developing and maintaining a shared vision of the strategic aims, values and culture of the Trust; and provides leadership to the executive team.  Foluke has responsibility for maintaining external relationships with commissioners, regulators, local authorities, MPs and Government bodies and works with system partners to develop and reshape the local health and care economy, particularly in collaboration with other providers (statutory, NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector, independent sector and primary care).

External Appointments

Trustee Life Church Ministries, Trustee Hope for Justice, Chair North Church UL

Committee membership

Nominations and Remuneration Committee


BSc (Hons) Cell and Immunobiology, MSc Audiological Science

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Background / Profile

Foluke was appointed in April 2022 and joined the Trust from the NHS England and NHS Improvement where she was Director of Strategic Transformation in the Humber Coast & Vale Health and Care Partnership.  Prior to this, she worked as Chief Operating Officer at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT for five years.  Foluke’s early career was as a Clinical Scientist in Audiology specialising in paediatrics and cochlear implants, following which she held senior roles in the Department of Health and NHS Employers. She has also held senior operational management roles at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust initially as Directorate Manager, after which she led their Cancer Centre as General Manager.