Published on:

30th June 2022

The University Hospital Association elects new Chair

The University Hospital Association (UHA) has elected Andy Hardy, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), as its new Chair.

With extensive leadership experience at UHCW, one of the largest tertiary acute Trusts in the country, Andy is well equipped to advocate on behalf of university hospitals. Prior to starting his role as Chief Executive twelve years ago, he was Chief Finance Officer of UHCW, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2008 – 2010.

Alongside his position as Chief Executive of UHCW, Andy sits on a number of boards including the following: West Midlands Academic Health Service Network, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Warwick Business School Faculty Advisory Board and NHS Elect and Beamtree Global Impact Committee.

Andy has also been appointed Professor of Industry at the University of Warwick and awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration at Coventry University in recognition of his leadership and significant contribution to healthcare.

Of his new role, Professor Andy Hardy said:

“It’s remarkable how university hospitals rose to the challenge of Covid-19 and it’s essential we remember the perseverance and resilience of the entire workforce throughout that period of time. As we emerge from this pandemic, it’s important to think about collaboration to ensure a secure future for the NHS, grasp technological developments and drive change.

Collective cooperation will impact everything from clinical research to healthcare training to patient care and, therefore, as we tackle some of the issues the NHS faces, sharing best practice and learning from all in the healthcare system will be vital.”

Andy was recently interviewed by the HSJ on eliminating patient waiting times at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Notes to editors:
1. The University Hospital Association is the key leadership body across the UK in promoting UK university hospital trusts in their tripartite mission of service, teaching and research. For further information about the work of UHA, see
2. For more information on this press release, contact Flora Meadmore, Projects and Communications Officer, at or on 020 7419 5427.