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Man who rebuilt Mildmay HIV hospital at Shoreditch steps down after 9 years

PUBLISHED: 13:32 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 08 January 2018

Dr Ross White says goodbye as chief of Mildmay Hospital in Shoreditch. Picture: Kois Miah

Dr Ross White says goodbye as chief of Mildmay Hospital in Shoreditch. Picture: Kois Miah

Kois Miah

The man who took on the Mildmay HIV charity hospital’s biggest redevelopment in its 150-year history in Shoreditch is leaving as chief executive after nine years.

Prince Harry meeting Dr White when he fomally opens the new Mildmay hospital complex in December 2015. Picture: Kois MiahPrince Harry meeting Dr White when he fomally opens the new Mildmay hospital complex in December 2015. Picture: Kois Miah

Dr Ross White has overseen the opening of the new hospital behind Shoreditch Church which was officially opened by Prince Harry in 2015.

This was followed by the hospital getting an ‘outstanding’ rating from a Care Quality Commission inspection last year.

“I feel an enormous personal attachment to Mildmay, so it’s a hard decision to make,” Dr White said. “The board of trustees, our staff, volunteers and supporters have enabled Mildmay to achieve so much.”

He also marked the organisations 150th anniversary in 2016—sharing the same birthday month as the East London Advertiser.

Mildmay Hospital blessing by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in November, 2014. Picture: Kois MiahMildmay Hospital blessing by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in November, 2014. Picture: Kois Miah

Dr White, who becomes chief executive at a charity in Surrey, took over at Mildmay the year following controversial plans for a skyscraper development being dropped which critics said would have overshadowed the historic pre-Georgian Shoreditch Church.

Instead, he was to mastermind a more modest three-storey development in Austin Street which was formally blessed by Archbishop Justin Welby before Prince Harry opened it.

The prince was following in the footsteps of his mother Princess Dianna who famously shared a drink of water with a patient when she visited the Mildmay in the 1980s and ended the stigma surrounding Aids.

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