Welsh Government appoints interim health chief

Judith Paget hired for 18-month stint as chief executive of NHS Wales and director general
Judith Paget. Photo: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

By Jim Dunton

11 Oct 2021

The Welsh Government has appointed an interim chief executive for NHS Wales who will also serve as the government’s director general for health and social services.

Judith Paget will take on the role from the beginning of next month, following the selection of current NHS Wales and health and social services DG Andrew Goodall as the Welsh Government’s next permanent secretary.

Paget will hold the role for 18 months while a“substantive appointment process” takes place, the Welsh Government said.

Minister for health and social Services Eluned Morgan said Paget has a wealth of experience to bring to her new roles at a “crucial time” for health and social services in Wales.

“Judith will provide certainty and leadership as we continue to meet the challenges of the .pandemic,” she said.

“She is an experienced NHS and public service leader with many years of experience working across Wales and I warmly welcome her appointment to this role.”

Paget is currently chief executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, a role that Goodall held until 2014. Paget joined the board in 2009 as director of planning and operations. Her 2020-21 salary band was £205,000-£210,000 according to the board’s most recent accounts.

Goodall will take over from Shan Morgan as Welsh Government perm sec next month.

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