NHS Grampian chief executive Amanda Croft to retire

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Prof Amanda Croft was officially appointed last year

NHS Grampian's chief executive has announced she is to retire at the end of the year.

Prof Amanda Croft, a former nurse, was appointed in April last year, having previously held the role in an interim capacity after Malcolm Wright retired.

Prof Croft said: "I am incredibly proud of the way we have worked together recently to meet the challenges of this (coronavirus) pandemic."

She said the extended notice could help a smooth transition to her successor.

The recruitment process will start shortly.

She qualified as a nurse in 1992 at Sheffield and North Trent School of Nursing, moving to NHS Grampian in 2000.

On the timing of the announcement, she said: "Announcements like this would not normally be made this early, but the times we find ourselves in are far from normal."