EastEnders confirms new boss as Kate Oates takes over from John Yorke in top job EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City are all getting a new boss, with Kate Oates joining as senior executive producer for all three shows. The former Emmerdale and Coronation Street boss will be taking over the Walford soap from John Yorke – who stepped in to run EastEnders on a temporary basis last year. Speaking about her new appointment, Kate said: "Working across EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City is an amazing opportunity for me to have creative input into three of the UK's leading dramas. "I'm excited about meeting the teams and talent behind each show and can't wait to get stuck in and tell some unmissable stories." Kate will report in to BBC Studios' Head of Continuing Drama Series Oliver Kent, and begins her role in October. Mark Linsey, CCO of BBC Studios, said: "Kate is a dynamic, passionate and creative storyteller and I couldn't be more thrilled that she's joining BBC Studios to work with our fantastic teams at EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. "At EastEnders, she will be taking the baton from John Yorke, who stepped in to run the show on a temporary basis in June 2017. I'd like to personally thank him for the great job he's done during this interim period. "John will continue to work together with Kate to ensure a smooth handover until the end of the year, and we will be announcing his next role with us in the coming weeks."