Chief Executive & Chair

Published/updated: 11/07/12 09:33

Dame Julie Moore – Interim Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Julie is a graduate nurse who after working in a variety of clinical, management and director posts, was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.  In addition to this role, Dame Julie was appointed Interim Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015.

Julie is also a member of the following bodies: the International Advisory Board of the University of Birmingham Business School, the Court of the University of Birmingham and is a Governor of Birmingham City University. She was an independent member of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) from 2010 to 2016 and was a member the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School until 2016.

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University, was included in the first BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and is included in the HSJ lists of the most influential clinical leaders of the top ten CEOs and a national LGBT role model in health. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith – Trust Chair

Jacqui Smith was appointed Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 December 2015.  She is also Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Jacqui also chairs the Birmingham Health Partnership which coordinates the research partnership with the University of Birmingham.

Jacqui grew up in Worcestershire and, after reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford University, she returned to the County. She gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Worcester and had a successful teaching career for 11 years in Worcestershire schools.

In 1997, Jacqui was elected as the MP for Redditch and served for 13 years. After a period on the Treasury Select Committee, she was appointed as a Minister in 1999 and became one of the longest serving Ministers in the Labour government. She served in Education, Health, Industry and Equalities portfolios and as Chief Whip. In 2007, Jacqui was appointed as the first female Home Secretary.

Jacqui is also Chair of the Precious Trust – a Birmingham based charity formed with Marcia Shakespeare to support girls at risk of gang violence and of the Advocacy Practice of Westbourne Communications.




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