SOUTH Warwickshire Foundation Trust’s Glen Burley has been ranked as one of the top 50 chief executives in the NHS after ‘transforming’ the fortunes of the trust.
He took over running SWFT – which runs hopsitals in Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston – in 2006 and was immediately faced with the task of dealing with an £18.5million debt and a trust in crisis.
Under his leadership the debt was paid off two years ahead of schedule in 2013 and the trust also took on the responsibility for community services, such as district nurses, health visiting and community therapy.
And his hard work has paid off as Mr Burley – who earns £150,000 a year – has now been revealed by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 50 chief executives working in the NHS.
Colleagues have credited him with ‘staying true to fundamental values’ and ‘making a real difference.’
Mr Burley said: “It is great to be recognised in the top 50 and I see this as a real acknowledgement for the fantastic team that we have at the trust.
“I am extremely proud to have worked at the trust for the last nine years seeing it go from strength to strength. We have some challenges ahead but I know that our team will pull together to make sure that we continue to deliver high quality services for our local communities.”
Mr Burley began his NHS career in 1983 as a finance trainee, qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1990. After reaching the position of Director of Finance for South Warwickshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust, he moved into an acute operational role when he became Director of Operations for the Surgical Division of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and joined South Warwickshire in 2006, initially as interim Chief Executive.
He lives in Warwick with his wife and two sons.