• GOSH appoints medical director to top job
  • Matthew Shaw will take up post on 15 December
  • Dr Shaw is a spinal surgeon who previously worked for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust and BUPA

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Matthew Shaw will take up the top job at the internationally famous specialist hospital after being medical director for seven months.

Dr Shaw, a spinal surgeon, has worked as medical director for BUPA, and as deputy chief executive and medical director at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. 

He replaces Peter Steer who is returning to his native Australia to take up another role.

Chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sir Mike Rake, said: “Matthew is an experienced clinical leader who has worked in both public and private healthcare sectors. Since arriving at Great Ormond Street Hospital he has worked with passion and energy to make the most of opportunities and tackle some of the complex challenges the organisation faces.

“I look forward to working with him in his new role to help the hospital become outstanding in everything it does.

“As we announce this appointment, on behalf of the board I would also like to thank Peter Steer for his tremendous contribution over the last four years at GOSH. He has brought great stability and direction to the organisation.”

Dr Shaw said: “It is an honour to become the chief executive of such an amazing institution and be part of such a diverse and highly performing organisation that works so hard to help children and young people fulfil their potential.

“I am looking forward to working with partners to continue to deliver the highest standards of care and carry out ground breaking research. I am also keen that Great Ormond Street Hospital makes a national contribution and ensures that children and child health are high up on the national agenda.”

The trust is now looking for a medical director.

The trust has seen significant governance problems in recent years, with a report into the potential overtreatment of children still not released.