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Former JP boss to take charge of local hospital

The former chief executive of regional publisher Johnston Press has taken on a new role as chairman of his local hospital.

John Fry stepped down as head of JP after three years in 2012, having previously also served as chief executive of Archant from 2002-9.

He has now been charged with delivering improvements at Norfolk’s main hospital after becoming chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

John, 56, succeeds former Tory MP David Prior, who has moved to the role of chairman of the Care Quality Commission, the health care regulator for England.

Said John: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and I am looking forward immensely to getting to know the staff and meeting patients at this outstanding hospital trust which contributes so much to the quality of our lives in Norfolk and Suffolk”.

John moved to Norwich when he took up the chief executive’s post with Norfolk-based Archant in 2002 and has continued to live in the county ever since.

While with Archant, he chaired an advisory body called Shaping Norfolk’s Future from 2007 to 2009.

His other roles since leaving JP have included non-executive directorships with environmental consultancy amee, Startrite shoes and Transforming Education in Norfolk.


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  • May 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    May the Lord help them.
    Operations outsourced to India, 20% reductions in staffing, morale through the floor? Just the man for the Tories’ vision of health care.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    How about patient contributed healthcare? Who needs surgeons when patients could come in and perform the operation themselves.

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