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Judith Paget

Judith Paget appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Wales

Judith Paget yn cael ei phenodi'n Brif Weithredwr GIG Cymru

The Welsh Government’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Andrew Goodall, has today announced that Judith Paget has been appointed on a permanent basis to the role of Director General of Health and Social Services and Chief Executive of NHS Wales.

Judith has been in the post on an interim basis since November 2021, and has been appointed permanently following a rigorous international recruitment exercise chaired by the First Civil Service Commissioner.

Commenting on being appointed to the role, Judith said:

“I am honoured to be appointed to this important role and look forward to continuing to work with Ministers and NHS Wales organisations to deliver excellence in our health and care services.”

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, said:

“Judith has shown great leadership and oversight of the NHS in Wales through some of its most difficult times. I congratulate her on her appointment and look forward to continuing our work to deliver an NHS Wales to be proud of.”


Notes to editors

Judith was appointed to the role of Interim Director General of Health and Social Services/Chief Executive NHS Wales in November 2021.

Judith’s previous post was as Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Judith joined the Health Board as Director of Planning & Operations in 2009 and subsequently became Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO before her appointment as Chief Executive in 2014.

Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980 and has undertaken a variety of operational, planning and commissioning roles in a number of NHS organisations. Judith was appointed to her first CEO role in April 2003. Judith has a keen interest in partnership working across public services; primary care and community development; value based healthcare and staff development and engagement.

In June 2019 Judith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to delivery and management in NHS Wales

Judith will start her permanent role on with immediate effect.