Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, has decided to retire from the post of CEO of Scotland’s largest health authority with effect from March 31st, 2009.
After more than 30 years public service within the NHS, Mr Divers said: “Leading NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is a role I view as the pinnacle of one of the most privileged careers which any NHS manager can have experienced.
“The time has now come when I should step aside into retirement from the NHS and leave it to a fresher, more energised successor to take forward the Board’s key objectives over the next five years”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board Chairman Andrew Robertson expressed his gratitude to Mr Divers for his “inspiring leadership during a period of unprecedented change”.
Mr Robertson added: “Tom’s role in driving health services forward in Greater Glasgow and latterly Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been huge.
“He has been both an inspirational leader internally with the 44,000 staff who work for the organisation and externally in partnership with local authorities, other key partners and the Scottish Government. He will be enormously missed.”
Notes to editors:
Tom Divers entered the NHS in Scotland as a graduate trainee in September, 1975. Thereafter, his early posts were as Administrator of Belvidere Hospital (from1977 to early 1979) and of Glasgow Royal Infirmary (from 1979 to mid 1983), before moving to Argyll and Clyde as General Administrator, Renfrew District (from mid 1983 to mid 1985). Mr Divers returned to Glasgow in the summer of 1985, where his major posts over the next eleven years were Unit General Manager-Western/Gartnavel Unit (from 1987 to September, 1991), and Director of Planning and Contracts - Greater Glasgow Health Board (from October, 1991 to October, 1996).He was General Manager of Lanarkshire Health Board from November,1996 to October, 2001, returning to Greater Glasgow as NHS Board Chief Executive on 1 November, 2001.