Ms Diane Wake

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Chief Executive at Black Country Integrated Care Board and Deputy Network Chair


A nurse by background, Diane has worked in the NHS for 38 years. She joined The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust as chief executive in April 2017.

Diane trained as a nurse between 1984-1987 and has an extensive background in nursing occupying senior leadership positions in surgical specialities of urology, colorectal, vascular and breast.

Diane has a wealth of experience in both clinical practice and leadership roles. She was previously chief executive at Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2013 to 2017 and interim chief executive at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she also worked as deputy chief executive,  chief operating officer and executive nurse from 2007.

Diane’s experience made her an ideal candidate to become a reviewer as part of the Keogh Trusts in 2013 and then part of the CQC inspection process chairing CQC inspections in East Kent, University Hospitals North Midlands, BARTS and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Diane has a passion for patient safety and high-quality care and has knowledge and expertise in implementing robust governance processes.

She is committed to system working both within place and at ICS level. She is the SRO for the ICS leading on cancer, elective and diagnostics. Diane is also the SRO for Acute Provider collaboration across the Black Country System and provider lead on the Integrated Care Board (ICB).

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