CEO Appointment

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Stubbs as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Richard brings extensive national and regional experience as CEO having worked in a variety of NHS healthcare innovation roles over the last decade. Richard served as Interim Managing Director of the AHSN for the past 12 months, having originally joined in 2013 as the Commercial Director.

Richard Stubbs YHAHSN

RIchard Stubbs blog

Richard entered the NHS as a graduate management trainee in 2002. He has held a range of senior management positions, including as Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England. This national role focused on accelerating the adoption of innovation in the NHS through better partnerships between the NHS and related health industries, particularly medical technology, pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies.

Before joining NHS England Richard established and led NHS Global, a precursor to Healthcare UK, which supported the export of UK health care expertise to international markets, including North Africa, Middle East, China and India.

Richard also created the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes, a national prize scheme for NHS staff that rewards and recognises innovative practice. He has a passion for leadership and was a core member of the NHS National Leadership Council.

Richard Stubbs said: “I’m truly honoured to have been appointed to be CEO at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN. The NHS is facing immense challenges, and organisations such as the AHSN are here to support our frontline staff and leaders to get the best innovations into use as quickly as possible. We’re really committed to supporting our local NHS organisations to improve patient care, and playing our part in creating a sustainable and transformed NHS.”

Professor Will Pope, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Chair, said: “I’m delighted that Richard has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN on a permanent basis. Richard has done an outstanding job throughout the last 12 months as interim MD and, under his leadership, we have had a very successful year. Our highlights have included our Mental Health Physical Health and Active Healthy Ageing programmes, the latter of which has seen our electronic Frailty Index included on the new NHS GP Core contract for 2017.  On behalf of myself and the board I wish him every success in his new appointment.”