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NHS chief executive honoured by the Queen

Friday, 28 December, 2018
NHS chief executive honoured by the Queen

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has been knighted in today’s (28 December) New Year’s Honours List, in recognition of his services to healthcare.

Born and bred in Hebburn, Jim joined the NHS in 1990, quickly rising through the ranks and, at one point, being one of the youngest chief executives of a hospital trust in England.  Now settled in Northumberland, Jim is married to Vicky and together they have two grown-up children.  


Northumbria Healthcare is seen as one of the best NHS organisations in England and, under Jim’s leadership, has been recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of services provided to patients alongside being one of the best places to work within the NHS.  


Jim recently returned to Northumbria Healthcare following a two-year secondment as the first chief executive of NHS Improvement which is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care.


Speaking on this honour, Sir James said: “I am delighted and humbled to have been awarded this knighthood.  This means a lot to my family and I and it is a privilege to have been named amongst such worthy recipients.


“However, this award represents the hard work and dedication of colleagues within the trust who, day-in day-out, deliver fantastic patient care in and around North Tyneside and Northumberland.  I would also take this opportunity to pay tribute to those staff I worked closely with in NHS Improvement and like to thank them, and all colleagues at Northumbria Healthcare, for their support and I accept this award in their collective honour.”


Alan Richardson, chair of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is with great pride that, on behalf of all staff and governors of the trust, I congratulate Jim on his knighthood.  This recognition is well-earned and deserved and testament to the successful leadership role Jim has had across the NHS over many years.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680