Harley takes over as Benenden Hospital director

Benenden Hospital has appointed Claire Harley as hospital director.

Harley has been the director of patient services at the Kent-based hospital since May 2010. Prior to this, she was clinical team manager of therapy services at NHS Greenwich, where she was also chair of the professional executive committee.

She succeeds Jane Abbott, who led Benenden Hospital for 15 years and retired this April. 

I’m delighted and proud to be appointed to this position and taking over from Jane, who has done such an amazing job for the hospital over the last 15 years. I will continue to focus on our growth as an organisation, the health and wellbeing of staff, and the quality of care we provide to our patients,’ said Harley.

‘Our 2028 Vision is to be the South East’s leading private hospital, renowned for delivering a first-class experience, and I am privileged to be working with such a talented and dedicated team in the delivery of that vision.’

Reporting to Benenden Health CEO Bob Andrews, Harley will oversee the delivery of the day-to-day operational activity and implement the hospital’s strategy, as well as being a member of Benenden Health’s Executive, focusing on delivering its business plan and corporate strategy, including HR strategy, corporate services, regulatory liaison, commissioning and funding.

Andrews said Harley’s expertise, dedication and strong commitment to ensuring high quality, safe care, and excellent patient experience has contributed to the hospital’s success since she joined Benenden.

‘I look forward to her joining our senior executive and working together as we deliver our collective objectives for both Benenden Hospital and Benenden Health’s continued growth and successes,’ he added. ‘I also want to thank Jane Abbott for everything she has done within her significant career, both within and without Benenden Hospital. All who work with her know that she is an inspirational leader and a caring colleague. I wish Jane well in whatever she chooses to do next.’