Mr Andrew Foster
Chair of ENT UK Finance Committee
CBE, Interim Managing Director, the NHS Leadership Academy
Andrew was appointed as Managing Director of the Leadership Academy in November 2019 with additional responsibility to Chair the work on Leadership Culture which will be a central feature to the NHS People Plan, due to be published in early 2020. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Health Education England.
Previously he was Chief Executive at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust from January 2007 to October 2019. His main interests have been quality and staff engagement with a particular desire to learn from the best hospitals in the world. Over the years WWL has developed a significant reputation for all round performance, whilst also achieving almost all major targets and enjoying financial stability. WWL has won many national and regional awards including HSJ Provider Trust of the Year in 2014. It is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC in all domains, for all sites and for Use of Resources. Before WWL, he spent five years as the NHS Director of Human Resources (Workforce Director General) at the Department of Health with principal responsibility for implementing the workforce expansion and HR systems modernisation set out in the NHS Plan of 2000. Previously he spent two years as part time Policy Director (HR) at the NHS Confederation. Andrew was also the Chairman of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust from 1996 to 2001 and before that Chairman of West Lancashire NHS Trust and non-executive director at Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust.
From May 2016 to November 2018 Andrew was sponsor CEO for the NHSI A&E Improvement Plan in the North of England.
Qualifications: Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford, 1976.