Sir James Mackey receives knighthood at Buckingham Palace
Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has today received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.
Sir James was named in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his services to healthcare. In a career spanning almost 30 years, he has led Northumbria Healthcare to become recognised as one of the best NHS organisations in England for its high quality patient care.
Sir James said: “I am extremely proud to receive my award at Buckingham Palace and share this special occasion with my family.
“I continue to be delighted and humbled by my knighthood and, almost six months on, am still getting used to it.
“This is a collective honour and I receive this award on behalf of the thousands of dedicated staff who provide excellent care to our patients in hospitals and the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.
“I’m privileged to lead such a fantastic organisation as Northumbria Healthcare and I would like to thank the staff, and colleagues at NHS Improvement, for their unfaltering support.”
Joining the NHS in 1990, Sir James quickly rose through the ranks and, at one point, was one of the youngest chief executives of a hospital trust in England.
In 2015 he became 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. He returned to Northumbria Healthcare after a two-year secondment.
Born and bred in Hebburn, Sir James now lives in Northumberland with his wife Vikki and they have two grown-up children.
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