Amanda Croft confirmed as CEO of NHS Grampian

Former nursing director has been acting chief executive since last summer

Friday 12th April 2019

Professor Amanda Croft has been appointed Chief Executive of NHS Grampian, following the departure of Malcolm Wright to NHS Tayside a year ago. He has since moved to St Andrew’s House to take over the role of Chief Executive of NHSScotland.

Professor Croft, who was interim chief executive of the board, brings over 25 years’ experience in clinical and leadership roles since qualifying as a nurse in 1992, culminating in her appointment as Grampian's Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. 

Expressing her pleasure in being appointed following a competitive selection process, Professor Croft said she was excited and proud to continue her work at the helm in Grampian:

“We are fortunate in the north east to enjoy excellent relationships across health and social care and with the wider public sector and the third sector. The people of Grampian – patients, staff and the public - are at the heart of everything we do and I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead such an innovative and vibrant organisation”

The Chair of NHS Grampian Dr Lynda Lynch says, having been interim Chief Executive, Professor Croft has “set a clear path for improvement of the services we deliver for our patients.

“We are seeing greater engagement with the public, sustained efforts to reduce waiting times, investment in Mental Health services and a commitment to ensure a sustainable, high quality service in our community and facilities across Grampian. I know that Amanda will provide NHS Grampian with the stable, high quality leadership the organisation requires to continue to thrive”

Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, says the appointment will bring stability:

“Professor Croft has built important relationships during her time as interim leader in this post and I look forward to continuing to work with her as she leads the Board to deliver the quality, person centred and safe health care that I and the people of Grampian expect.”

Amanda Croft qualified as a Registered Nurse at Sheffield and North Trent School of Nursing. She moved to Scotland and NHS Grampian in 2000. She is a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University.