NHS Dumfries & Galloway Chief Executive To Retire Next Year

NHS Dumfries and Galloway chief executive Jeff Ace has notified the Board and the Scottish Government of his intention to retire on 31st March 2024.

Mr Ace started as a finance trainee in South Wales in 1986 and worked in Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol before joining NHS Dumfries and Galloway in 1999. Within NHS Dumfries and Galloway, he has held the posts of Acute Trust Finance Director, Director of Performance, Chief Operating Officer and, since February 2012, Chief Executive.

In a statement to staff, Mr Ace said: “Being Chief Executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway has been an enormous privilege and thanks to everyone who’s given support and guidance during my time in post.

“We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years – including new hospital builds and a global pandemic – and I hope you all enjoy some calmer working times after I step down in the spring.”

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chairman Nick Morris said: “I’d like to thank Jeff for his many years of work with the Board and wish him all the best in his retirement. We will now begin a process of recruitment to this important leadership role.”

Mr Ace will not retire until March 31 2024, with conversations now starting to take place with the Scottish Government around the timelines and processes for appointing a new Chief Executive.