5 September 2022
Leeds Academic Health Partnership has appointed Kate Lodge as its new Partnership Director to lead and deliver the strategic direction set by the Board.
Concluding a competitive recruitment process, Kate now moves into the role with immediate effect. This follows her tenure as the Partnership’s interim Managing Director since the end of last year, having been on secondment from the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN).
Moving from her previous role as Head of Strategic Partnerships, Kate brings with her a wealth of partnership and innovation experience in health and care systems. Kate has spent the last three years at YHAHSN scouting for and running innovation programmes across Yorkshire and Humber.
Before this, Kate held senior positions at healthcare consulting firm Finnamore and latterly GE Healthcare Partners, typically helping to set up and develop successful partnerships across systems.
Kate said: “I’m absolutely delighted to take on this role permanently. Having laid strong foundations in its early years, we’ve been working hard to re-evaluate and reprioritise how we can best help partners to meet the extraordinary challenges we all face today.
“We are now poised to turn those priorities into actions and tangible outcomes for the people of Leeds. There is a lot of hard work ahead but I’m looking forward to this hugely important challenge and it’s a real privilege to be part of Team Leeds.”
Kate will work with the board to shape and implement the Partnership’s new strategic direction. This will focus on bringing partners together to
- use research and innovation to solve some of the city’s most pressing health and care challenges
- help reduce inequalities
- drive economic growth and
- raise the profile of the city’s strengths in health and care research, innovation and workforce training and development.
Prof Simone Buitendijk
Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds and Chair of Leeds Academic Health Partnership’s board, said:
“Congratulations to Kate. Her partnership experience across this sector will be invaluable as we move forward.
“There is so much that we, as huge organisations, can do better when we work together. I am confident that Kate’s skills and experience will help us find the most effective, collaborative opportunities to accelerate our impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”
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