The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has appointed Gill Harris as its new Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery

Gill, who is currently the chief nurse at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will take up her new role in the late summer.

Her first senior post was at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, working as a sister helping to develop renal services. She also previously held the posts of chief nurse for NHS England North, and deputy CEO and director of nursing and performance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Gill is married and lives with three children, the eldest of whom was born at the Maelor, and her three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, travelling and reading.

Commenting on her new role, Gill said, ‘My objective is to raise the profile of nursing, to raise the heads of our nurses and to engage them on a professional level to ensure they deliver the best care for the people of North Wales. I know that’s why nurses and midwives go into the profession, and it’s an objective I share with them.

‘Our workforce is the key to improving all aspects of the care we provide, and they have to be involved in how services develop in the future.

‘The public and residents of North Wales deserve and expect excellent care, and I welcome the opportunity to take them on the journey from where they are now to where we need to be. As a nurse, I want to be part of that journey.’

Gary Doherty, Chief Executive of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said, ‘I am delighted to be able to inform you that Gill Harris has been appointed as the new executive director of nursing & midwifery for the Health Board.

‘Gill is committed to raising the profile of nursing in North Wales and wants to hear from our workforce about how we can continue to improve the care provided to patients across the region.’

Source: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board