Simon Pleydell has been Chief Executive of South Tees Hospital Trust since 1 October 2003.
Having been educated at Christ’s Hospital Horsham and Exeter College, Oxford. Simon has worked since 1980 in management and leadership posts within the NHS. After 10 years of operational jobs in London Hospitals he moved to Middlesbrough to become Director of Planning at South Tees Hospitals Trust from 1991. His key achievements in this role being the development of Cardiothoracic Services and as Project Director for the Single Site PFI Development in the Trust.
Simon’s Chief Executive career began at East Yorkshire Hospitals in 1997 and he moved to York Health Services Trust in January 2000 and was Chief Executive of this three star Trust until August 2003. Since October 2003, Simon has lead the financial turnaround of the Trust from £56 Million debt in 2005/2006 to planned balance in 2008/2009. This includes delivering in year balance from 2005/2006 onwards and resolving the historic debt of £21 Million. During this period the Trust has continued to receive recognition for the quality and efficiency of its services, culminating in being named by the Dr Foster Good Hospital as the Top performing Trust in the country for 2007.
His major interests are around the development of leadership and good employment practice in the NHS. He is currently a member of the Employers organisation Policy Board and chairs its national Medical Workforce Forum. He is also a member of the Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) programme board part of the National Institute for Health Research.
Simon is married with a son Alex and daughter, Kate. He lives in Middleton St George, County Durham. Simon has been a member of Council since 2008.