New appointments to our board

We have appointed six non-executive board members, which include the reappointments of current members, Lord Patrick Carter and Lord Ara Darzi, and the appointments of four new members.

We are pleased to announce the following new members to join our board:

Sir Andrew Morris — Lead for the Frimley Health & Care Integrated Care System and former chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust — where he served in this role for 27 years. Sir Andrew will be stepping down from his role at Frimley Health & Care Integrated Care System as part of a managed handover.

Wol Kolade — chairman of the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity and managing partner of the private equity firm, Livingbridge. Mr Kolade is also an Emeritus Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science and former chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. 

Laura Wade-Gery — member of the Government Digital Service Advisory board, as well as non-executive director of the John Lewis Partnership, non-executive director of property development and investment company British Land, and non-executive director of biotechnology company Immunocore. Ms Wade-Gery is also the former chief executive of Tesco.com, and an executive director of Marks and Spencer — responsible for stores and online.

Tim Ferris MD — chief executive of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organisation and was formerly the senior vice president of Population Health Management at Partners Healthcare in Boston, USA. Dr Ferris studied medicine at Harvard Medical School, received clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has a MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Lord Carter started his new tenure on 1 July 2018. The terms of the other five appointees will commence from 1 August 2018. All six board members will serve for three years.

‘I am delighted to welcome such a diverse and talented group of people to join the NHS Improvement’s board and that Lord Carter and Lord Darzi will continue to serve.

‘I am confident each appointee will bring their unique expertise to enhance our oversight of NHS Improvement — while complementing the contributions of our existing members.

‘As NHS Improvement continues to work at pace with NHS England to develop coherent system leadership across the NHS, alongside the development of the Ten-Year Plan for the NHS, their input will be invaluable.  

‘On behalf of the rest of the board, I would like to offer our new appointees a warm welcome to the organisation. I would also like to thank Sigurd Reinton and Sarah Harkness for their tremendous contributions as they will be stepping down from our board having served two terms.’

Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement

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