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Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation appoints Laurie Lee as permanent CEO

7 March 2024

Laurie brings a wealth of experience in senior leadership roles, including Chief Executive of CARE International UK and Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Laurie Lee

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We’re pleased to announce Laurie Lee has been appointed permanent Chief Executive Officer.

As Chief Executive Officer, Laurie will provide strategic leadership across the Foundation’s five routes to impact, including Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, Evelina London Children’s Charity, Guy’s Cancer Charity and Impact on Urban Health. He has been our interim CEO since April 2023.

Laurie will lead on upholding the organisation’s values and vision to create the foundations of a healthier society. His permanent appointment comes as the Foundation continues to evolve after a period of rapid expansion and growth.

Laurie brings with him a wealth of experience in the charitable sector. In his previous role as Chief Executive Officer at CARE International UK, he helped to lead a coalition of organisations to achieve the 2019 global law against sexual violence and harassment at work, which protects over 500 million women in 50 countries with no domestic legal protection. He has previously held senior leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as a senior government advisor. He holds board positions with several other charities.

Laurie says:

“I am excited to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation. The vital work the Foundation does to improve health outcomes has never been more relevant. At a time when our nation’s health faces such significant and complex challenges, our mission to build the foundations of a healthier society is more urgent than ever. At the Foundation I know we have smart people, committed people, and the diverse team we need to make our ambition a reality. I am determined and confident that, together and with our people and partners, we can create the positive impact we know is needed. We will do this through our three NHS charities, Impact on Urban Health, and as an investor, to help everyone to stay healthier, for longer.”

Susanne Given, Chair of the Guy’s & St Thomas’s Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted that Laurie will be leading the organisation and the incredibly important work that we’re doing to improve health equity. He brings extensive experience to the role from across several senior third sector and government roles. Throughout the process Laurie embodied a deep commitment to the building the foundations of a healthier society. Supported by the Board, the wider executive team and our colleagues, we have every confidence that Laurie at the helm will drive forward our mission in the coming years.”

For more information please contact Louis Vine, Corporate Communications Manager

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