Steve Gray to take over from David Mobbs as chief executive of Nuffield Health

Gray is currently international healthcare director at AS Watson, parent company of Superdrug, and will start in his new post on 1 January

Steve Gray
Steve Gray

Nuffield Health, the charitable hospital and fitness centre provider, has named Steve Gray as its new chief executive after the departure of David Mobbs.

Gray, who is currently international healthcare director at the retailer Superdrug’s parent company AS Watson, is expected to take the leadership of Nuffield Health from 1 January.

Mobbs is believed to be the highest-paid chief executive working in the charity sector, earning between £780,000 and £789,000 a year in the financial year to December 2014. Nuffield Health declined to say how much Gray would be paid.

Gray said in a statement: "Nuffield Health is a world-class health and wellbeing provider and I'm excited to be given the chance to lead it at a time when both those things will feature ever higher in our national way of life.

"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on David Mobbs' legacy at Nuffield Health as it is an organisation I have long respected and admired."

Gray was previously healthcare director for Superdrug and, before joining AS Watson, in 2012 was the chief operating officer at Lloyds Pharmacy’s parent business Celesio.

Russell Hardy, chair of Nuffield Health, said in a statement. "Steve was the outstanding candidate. His strategic insights into the UK healthcare market combined with his vision for Nuffield Health over the next stage of its development were compelling."

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