Who’s who – the NHS England board

Non-executive directors

malcom-grant-2Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE – Chair

Sir Malcolm is a barrister and academic lawyer. From 2003-2013 he was the President and Provost of University College London. He has served as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England, of the Agriculture and Environmental Biotechnology Commission and the Russell Group. He is currently a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong; and he serves as a UK Business Ambassador. As chair, he provides strategic leadership and ensures proper governance for the board.

ed-smith-2Ed Smith, CBE – Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Audit Committee

Ed Smith is NHS England’s Deputy Chairman and is Chair of our Audit Committee. Ed is the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Birmingham. He is the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before retiring he had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding many leading board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner. He now holds board roles in education, sport, thought leadership and sustainable development, as well as a number of commercial interests.

He is Chairman of WWF-UK and a member of its International Board, Chairman of British Universities and Colleges Sport and a Member of Council and Treasurer of Chatham House. Ed is also a board member at the Department for Transport and is a member of the Competition and Markets Authority.

ciaran-devaneCiarán Devane – Non-Executive Director

Ciarán Devane was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first class honours in biochemical engineering. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Policy from George Washington University, Washington DC.  He worked for ICI for 8 years before joining Gemini Consulting.

Ciarán joined Macmillan Cancer Support as Chief Executive in May 2007. Ciarán co-chairs the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and the Makaton Charity. Ciarán has been nominated to join the board of Social Finance but has not yet taken up the role.  He is also on the advisory council of the Cicely Saunders Institute. In January 2012, Ciarán Devane was appointed as a Non Executive Director of NHS England.

Follow Ciarán on Twitter @ciarandevane

margaret-casely-hayford-2Margaret Casely-Hayford – Non-Executive Director

Margaret Casely-Hayford is a solicitor and works as a director of legal services and Company Secretary at John Lewis Partnership plc.

She also sits on the Policy Committee of the British Retail Consortium: and was previously a Government appointed Trustee of the Geffrye Museum and Special Trustee of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Both of these appointments were held for periods of 8 years from 1999 – 2008.

moira-gibb-2Dame Moira Gibb – Non-Executive Director

Dame Moira Gibb is a Civil Service Commissioner and until December 2011 was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden. She is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, Chair of City Lit Adult Education College and a member of the Council of Reading University. Her career was in local government and social services and she  chaired the Government Taskforce on the Social Work Profession in 2009.She also  chairs a local authority improvement board and is a non-executive director of Achieving for Children .She was a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.

victor-adebowale-2Lord Victor Adebowale – Non-Executive Director

Lord Adebowale is currently Chief Executive and company secretary of Turning Point. He is a cross-bench peer and Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute, an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and of Cambridge University Judge Business School.

Victor is on the Board of English Touring Theatre, and is President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry.  His previous roles include being the Chief Executive at Centre Point, the youth homelessness charity.

Image of Sir John BurnProfessor Sir John Burn – Non-Executive Director

Professor Sir John Burn is a senior clinical geneticist and academic, based in Newcastle. He holds the NHS Endowed Chair in Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University, and conceived and helped to bring to fruition the Millennium Landmark Centre for Life in Newcastle. He is a distinguished academic, clinician, and clinical entrepreneur, as founder of two spin out companies in the field of genetic diagnostics.

Image of Noel GordonNoel Gordon – Non-Executive Director

Noel Gordon’s background is in consultancy, most recently with Accenture, where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry practice. He has extensive practical experience of driving fundamental innovations in transforming industries, and of big data, analytics and digital technologies.

Image of David RobertsDavid Roberts – Non-Executive Director

David Roberts is Chairman Elect of Nationwide Building Society. For the past four years he has been on the Board of Lloyds Banking Group, where he was Group Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Board Risk Committee. David has many years of experience at board and executive level in retail and commercial banking in the UK and internationally. He joined Barclays in 1983 and held various senior management positions culminating in Executive Director, member of the Group Executive Committee and Chief Executive, International Retail and Commercial Banking, a position he held until December 2006. He is a former non-executive Director of BAA plc and Absa Group SA, and was Chairman and Chief Executive of Bawag PSK AG, Austria’s second largest retail bank.

David has a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a degree in Mathematics from Birmingham University and an MBA from Henley Business School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services and a Member of the Strategy Board of Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

Executive directors

Image of Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS EnglandSimon Stevens – Chief Executive

Simon Stevens became CEO of NHS England on 1 April 2014.

He has previously spent fifteen years working in the NHS and UK public service, and eleven years internationally. He joins NHS England from UnitedHealth Group, where as president of its global health division he has led health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East. Previously he was the organisation’s Medicare CEO, commissioning publicly-funded health care for millions of older Americans.

From 1997 to 2004  Simon was the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the UK Department of Health.  Prior to that he held a number of senior NHS roles in the North East, London and the South Coast – leading acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning. Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988.

Simon was born in Birmingham and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; Strathclyde University, Glasgow; and Columbia University, New York where he was Harkness Fellow at the New York City Health Department. He is married with two school-age children.

Simon currently volunteers as a member of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Fund, an international health philanthropy. He has previously also served as a trustee of the Kings Fund and a director of the Nuffield Trust, as well as a local councillor for Brixton and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. His work on health care quality, new models of technology-enabled prevention, and international health reform is regularly published in leading international medical journals.

Image of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for NHS EnglandProfessor Sir Bruce Keogh – National Medical Director

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is NHS England’s Medical Director. During the transition to new NHS structures, he has continued in his role as Medical Director of the National Health Service in England, responsible for clinical quality, policy and strategy and postgraduate education of doctors, dentists, pharmacists and clinical scientists.

Formerly, Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He was President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland, Secretary-General of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, International Director of the US Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and President of the Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and the Healthcare Commission. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2003.

Image of Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS EnglandJane Cummings – Chief Nursing Officer

Jane Cummings joins NHS England from NHS North of England where she was Chief Nurse and her key challenges included the development and maintenance of new systems of performance management and strategic leadership for nursing. She was also the lead director for the Quality Framework. While in the North West, Jane developed the Energise for Excellence nursing programme from which Compassion in Practice evolved. Jane has worked for the NHS for several years as a nurse, specialising in emergency care, before moving into general management. She has held a variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.

Previously, as the national lead for emergency care, Jane led improvements in the quality of care provided in emergency departments, improved waiting times and delivered the four-hour target in A&E. In January 2005, she was appointed as the National Implementation Director for ‘Choice’ and ‘Choose and Book’.

Follow Jane on Twitter @JaneMCummings

Image of Dame Barbara Hakin, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for NHS EnglandDame Barbara Hakin – National Director: Commissioning Operations

Dame Barbara Hakin is the National Director responsible for overseeing operational delivery in NHS England, responsible for oversight of the Regional and Area Teams in their responsibility to commission services directly and support and assure CCGs. Dame Barbara was formerly Chief Executive of East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, but was seconded to the Department of Health in 2010 to oversee the development of the commissioning architecture of the NHS, and specifically the establishment and authorisation of CCGs.  Prior to that, Dame Barbara was a PCT Chief Executive in Bradford. During this time she also held a broad range of national roles including Interim Director General of Commissioning in the Department of Health and Director of Primary Care in the Modernisation Agency.

Before moving into a full-time career in management in 2000, she was a GP in Bradford for over 20 years. Dame Barbara is well known for her role in the development of clinical commissioning, in particular the redesign of services to move care into the community and primary care setting. She has also championed services to reduce inequalities and has been instrumental in promoting the equality and diversity agenda.

Dame Barbara was awarded the OBE in 2000 and DBE in 2008.

Paul Baumann - approvedPaul Baumann – Chief Financial Officer

Paul Baumann is NHS England’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined NHS London, the Strategic Health Authority, in May 2007 after 22 years of experience of international financial management and strategic leadership at Unilever. He was NHS London’s first Director of Finance and Performance and more recently held the post of Director of Finance and Investment. In this role he oversaw a significant financial recovery programme for London’s PCTs and Trusts and focused on the development of strategies to deliver long-term viability and sustainability across the London health economy. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Tim Kelsey2 - approvedTim Kelsey – National Director for Patients and Information

Tim Kelsey joined NHS England from the Cabinet Office where he was the first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. Tim is a leading advocate of a popular knowledge revolution in our public services and, in 2000, co-founded Dr Foster, a company that pioneered the publication of patient outcomes in healthcare. He is an internationally regarded expert in thinking differently about how digital and social media can transform the customer – and patient – experience in public services. In 2007, he launched NHS Choices, the national online health information service (www.nhs.uk) which now reports around 20 million unique users a month.

Tim was named a Reformer of the Year by the think tank Reform in 2012. Before Dr Foster, Tim was a national newspaper journalist and a television reporter. He worked for the Independent and The Sunday Times, as well as Channel 4 and the BBC.

Follow Tim on Twitter @tkelsey1

Image of Karen Wheeler, National Director: Transformation and Corporate Operations at NHS EnglandKaren Wheeler – National Director: Transformation and Corporate Operations

Karen joins NHS England having been a Director General in the Department of Health (DH). She joined the DH in 2010 to establish and run the programme to implement the DH and NHS reforms, as Transition Director.  In 2012, she was promoted to Director General, Information and Group Operations, which is responsible for the DH’s corporate services, change and NHS wide information portfolio.

She became a civil servant in 2003, when she joined to run a major change programme to create HM Courts Service, now part of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).  Karen subsequently ran multiple change programmes in the MoJ, becoming Delivery Director for a major part of the department, including Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) and many other arm’s length bodies.

In 2009, she joined the Cabinet Office to drive greater progress on digital delivery across government, working closely with Martha Lane Fox, the Digital Champion.

Before becoming a civil servant, Karen spent 15 years as a management consultant, initially with Andersen Consulting, working on large scale change programmes in different private sector organisations, including British Steel, Guinness, Societe Generale and North West Water.

Image of Ian Dodge - National Director for Commissioning StrategyIan Dodge – National Director for Commissioning Strategy

Ian Dodge is the executive Director on the Board of NHS England with responsibility for commissioning strategy, policy, and analysis.  His portfolio includes work on stimulating the development of new models of care.  Previously Ian worked for 20 years in the Department of Health on NHS reform and performance, serving under 10 different Secretaries of State.  Most recently Ian was Director of the NHS Group and Head of Policy Profession for the Department.  In 2005/06 Ian was the Prime Minister’s senior adviser on the NHS.  Ian is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London.