Leeds Cares CEO taking up new opportunity

Current CEO David Welch will be leaving at the end of July after announcing his decision to take up a new opportunity elsewhere.

Sharing the news last week, David said “I am very sorry to be leaving and am incredibly privileged to have led this dynamic and progressive organisation,  supporting Leeds Teaching Hospitals to deliver exceptional healthcare and the best possible health and wellbeing for our communities. 

“I have very much enjoyed my time at Leeds Cares and, of course, working collaboratively with the great team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. It’s been fantastic to lead the development and strengthening of the charity to enable us to have an even greater impact. I believe we are now in a strong position to build on this strength for even greater success in the years to come.”

David will be taking up a new role in the South East of England as Chief Executive with Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  A comprehensive transition plan has been developed and is being implemented and overseen by the Leeds Cares’ Board. Over the next two months David Welch will continue to lead the charity and on an on-going basis help to ensure a smooth transition to a new CEO.

Over the last two years Leeds Cares has facilitated an additional £70 million of funding to Leeds Teaching Hospitals. This has been directed towards a wide range of projects, from state of the art equipment to ground breaking research and education, along with environment enhancements, specialist staff and development of new services. The charity is in such a strong position due to a significant period of development, with a newly launched strategy, budget, structure and implementation plan in place, coupled with a renewed strategic partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals as its official charity partner.

When announcing his departure, David said “I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all our generous supporters and to everyone at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and of course to the Chairman, Board, staff and volunteers at Leeds Cares for their unwavering support and commitment. I am proud to have been part of Leeds Cares and I wish all involved my best wishes for continued success.”