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Nicola Ayton

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Nicola Ayton

Nicola joined Cambridge University Hospitals in 2018 and was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive in 2024. Prior to that Nicola was our Chief Operating Officer for four years having previously been the Executive Director of Strategy and Major Projects.

Nicola has held senior national roles at NHS England including leading on strategy and delivery for New Care Models and the development of Integrated Care Systems. She has also worked in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit at No 10 Downing Street where she acted as an expert adviser on integrated health and care.

Prior to that Nicola worked as a Senior Policy Adviser in central Government at HM Treasury and the Department of Education. She started her career at Deloitte after graduating from the University of Oxford.