David Mobbs, one of the UK’s highest-paid charity chief executives, is to leave his role as group chief executive of the hospital and fitness centre provider Nuffield Health.
Mobbs, who was the highest earner among UK charity chief executives last year, not including severance payments, according to research carried out by Third Sector in February, will step down as chief executive at the end of 2015 after 13 years in the role, Nuffield announced today. As of February, he was paid between £640,000 and £650,000 a year.
Mobbs, who was appointed group chief executive in 2003, said in a statement that he would be seeking "new opportunities to make an impact".
He said that a new chief executive would be announced by Russell Hardy, the charity’s chairman, by the end of this week, and he had been working with Hardy over the past 12 months to ensure a smooth transition period.
"After 13 extraordinary years as group chief executive of Nuffield Health, I have decided that the time is right for me to step aside and move on to explore new opportunities," he said. "I am pleased to be handing over a business that is in great shape – we are performing well, we are soundly financed and we have strong leadership at all levels.
"Our plans in Manchester, our desire to drive new digital innovations and the successes we have had in creating joined-up-health will open up myriad new opportunities that will require new thinking and a long-term commitment from a new chief executive. "
Hardy said Mobbs had been a visionary in healthcare provision through the charity’s acquisition of the Cannons Health & Fitness business in 2007 and its consequent drive to provide integrated services through its hospitals and wellbeing centres.