WORKFORCE: The chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust has announced he will retire at the end of November.

John Pelly has led the highly regarded specialist trust for seven years.

Moorfields Eye Hospital

John Pelly has overseen the expansion of Moorfields’ satellite clinics hosted at other hospitals

Mr Pelly has overseen the expansion of the trust’s satellite clinics hosted at other hospitals, from 12 to 22.

There are now six London acute trusts without a permanent chief executive in post or with a chief executive who has recently announced their departure.

Moorfields could not confirm who would succeed Mr Pelly on an interim basis in time for publication.

Trust chair Rudy Markham said: “In addition to supporting the substantial growth of the organisation over the last seven years, John has overseen a sustained programme to develop better clinical outcomes, improved patient experience, and stronger and more consistent financial performance. 

“He has also brought a strong strategic focus to the development of Moorfields’ commercial interests, and has been assiduous in attracting potential interest and support for our fundraising activities.

“I have always found my working relationship with John a stimulating and productive one, and will miss him and his contribution to Moorfields. His achievements over the last seven years speak for themselves.”

Mr Pelly said: “It has been a privilege to lead this extraordinary and vibrant organisation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Moorfields, in particular the incredible opportunities it has offered which would not have been possible in many other NHS institutions.

“I am immensely proud of the team that I have built and of our achievements together and would like especially to thank the many excellent staff I have worked with over the years; they are, without a shadow of a doubt, what makes Moorfields the place it is, and I shall miss them.”