“John Andrewes admitted fraud and gaining financial advantage when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Monday. He lied on his CV, claiming he had a PhD to become a chief of two NHS trusts.
Jon Andrewes, 63, admitted fraud and gaining a financial advantage when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court, where he is being sentenced today.
The Walter Mitty style health chief said he had a PhD which meant he could call himself a doctor.
He chaired the Torbay NHS Care Trust for nearly ten years, and was a former chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.
He also earned nearly £100,000 a year as chief executive of a Taunton hospice in Somerset.
On CVs Andrewes claimed to have a management PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, as well as a ‘first degree in PPE’ and an MBA ‘with a financial specialism’ from Bristol University. All these claims are untrue. He also claimed to have been a partner in a technology firm before retiring early.
Andrewes, from Totnes, Devon, had worked as a social worker, probation officer and builder before using his fake CV to start his healthcare career in 2004.
In January, a senior NHS source said: ‘It took investigators a couple of days to discover the truth about Andrewes. Once they started looking at his claims closely everything started to unravel.
During one court appearance, the prosecutor called him a Walter Mitty. That is exactly what he was. It is amazing he managed to reach such top jobs built on a CV made up of lies.
‘It beggars belief that no due diligence was carried out when he was appointed to these NHS trust roles.’
Andrewes pleaded guilty to dishonestly making a false representation over his qualifications to make a gain as chairman of Torbay NHS Care Trust in July 2007.
He admitted a second charge of false representation over his qualifications to make a gain as chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust in Truro, Cornwall, in April 2015.
He also admitted making a financial gain for his role as chief executive of St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton, Somerset, by deception in 2004.
He pleaded not guilty to a fourth charge of having a false degree certificate from the University of London which he is accused of using in connection with a fraud.
He will be sentenced today.”