Harrogate hospital executive retires after 30 years

Retiring chief executive Richard Ord. (S)
Retiring chief executive Richard Ord. (S)

A healthcare executive who has overseen significant developments at Harrogate District Hospital is retiring this week after 30 years in the NHS.

Richard Ord, chief executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, is standing down after more than 30 years working in the NHS in Harrogate, and five years in his current role.

Mr Ord began his career in capital planning before working his way up the NHS. Prior to being appointed as chief executive, Mr Ord was deputy for four years, with responsibility for performance and planning.

During his time in charge, Mr Ord has seen some significant developments, including the Trust taking on the running of community-based healthcare services across North Yorkshire, including Ripon Community Hospital, and the building of the new Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre for cancer patients at Harrogate District Hospital.

Only last year, the hospital received a glowing inspection report from the Care Quality Commission, which said that the organisation was well led.

Mr Ord said: “I have been proud to be Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust for the past five years. We are a highperforming organisation, which is down to the hard work, dedication and compassion of all of our staff.

“The priority must always be the delivery of high quality care for every patient, whilst learning lessons when we do not get things right. It has been a great honour to serve the people of our area.”

Ros Tolcher, chief executive at Solent NHS Trust in Hampshire, will take over in August.