Dr Peter Reading – Chief Executive
Peter joined us in August 2017, after the Trust was put in Double Special Measures. He has 36 years’ experience as a manager and management consultant in UK healthcare, including over 21 years as chief executive of six NHS Trusts.
As CEO of UCL Hospitals in the 1990s, he was responsible for the design and PFI deal for the new University College Hospital. At Leicester, he merged three rival teaching trusts into what was then the second largest trust in England, and took it from the lowest performance rating (zero stars) to the highest (three stars) in just one year, sustaining the three star rating for the next five years. At Lewisham & Guy’s Mental Health, he was a pioneer of service user empowerment and community services, opened (with the local Black mental health group) the first Black mental health centre in London, led successful re-provision programmes from Bexley, Cane Hill and Hither Green hospitals, and opened new in-patient mental health wings at Guy’s and Lewisham hospitals. Prior to joining NLaG, Peter was an associate director with PwC’s healthcare practice for three years. He has also had long stints as Interim CEO at Doncaster & Bassetlaw and at Peterborough & Stamford.
Peter joined the NHS on the National Management Training Scheme in 1984 at Guy’s Hospital, and in 1991 became the youngest Board member of Guy’s & Lewisham NHS Trust, the ‘flagship’ of the 1991 NHS reforms. He has a degree in Economics and History from Cambridge, was a postgraduate research scholar at Moscow State University during the height of the Cold War, and has a PhD in Russian Economic History from the University of Birmingham. He is also a graduate of the London School of Economics Public Sector Management Programme.
In 2021 Peter was elected Co-Chair of the Disabled NHS Directors Network. Peter is unable to walk without crutches and a calliper as a result of polio as a baby and latterly, post-polio syndrome.
Peter and his wife, a clinical psychologist, have five children and keep pet pigs, horses and dogs on their smallholding near Loughborough.