Kate Priestley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of NHS Estates. She succeeds John Locke who left the Agency at the end of August 1997 to become Chief Executive at Property Advisers to the Civil Estate, an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office.The prime function of NHS Estates is to provide advice and professional services on management of the substantial NHS estate with building, decommissioning and estates management strategies. The Agency operates within a budget of some Â£10 million annually and is required to cover these costs through its business activities. The Agency’s principal clients are the NHS Executive, Health Authorities and NHS Trusts.
Kate Priestley began her professional career in the North West of England as a Psychiatric Social Walker. Her management experience extends across health, social services and the voluntary sector. She was appointed Executive Director of Business Strategy at the Northern Regional Health Authority in 1992. In 1994 she was appointed Regional Director of Purchase Performance Management at Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office of the NHS Executive.