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Former NHS manager jailed for lying about his qualifications


A senior NHS boss who lied about his qualifications in order to gain jobs in the health sector has been given a two-year prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court today (6 March).

Jon Andrewes, 63, of Totnes in Devon, earned more than £1 million in salary over a decade working in various senior health roles across the Southwest.

Among the roles obtained by Andrewes was the position of chief executive at St Margaret's Hospice in Taunton, temporary chair of Torbay NHS Trust and chair of Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

The court heard how Andrewes fabricated parts of his working history and falsely claimed on his CV to have obtained a variety of qualifications, including:

  • A diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts
  • A PhD in ethics management from Plymouth University
  • A PhD in business administration from Heriot-Watt University
  • A masters from the University of Edinburgh
  • A degree from the University of Bristol

Andrewes admitted three charges at an earlier hearing.

Alex Johnson, from the CPS, said: "Jon Andrewes repeatedly lied on his CV in order to better his chances of securing lucrative senior roles across the health service.

"The investigation team built a case which clearly outlined the scale of the deceptsentencing of Jon ion and faced with the evidence against him, Andrewes pleaded guilty."

The prosecution followed an investigation by anti-fraud officials at the Department of Health.


Notes to Editors

  1. Jon Andrewes pleaded guilty two counts of fraud and one count of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception
  2. Alex Johnson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the CPS Specialist Fraud Division
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