Who’s who – the NHS England board

Non-executive directors

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE – Chair

Malcolm Grant, Chair

Sir Malcolm is Chancellor of the University of York, and immediate past President and Provost of UCL (University College London) from 2003-2013. He is a barrister and a Bencher of Middle Temple.

As an academic lawyer he specialised in planning, property and environmental law, and was Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy (1991-2003) and pro-vice chancellor (2002-03) of Cambridge University, and professorial fellow of Clare College.

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 trustee of Somerset House, a director of Genomics England Ltd and a UK Business Ambassador.

Dame Moira Gibb – Non-executive Director and Chair of the Investment Committee


Dame Moira Gibb is Chair of Skills for Care and Chair of City Lit Adult Education College. She is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority and a member of the Council of Reading University. Her career was in social services and local government, latterly as Chief Executive of Camden Council. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.

Lord 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.  He is a director of Leadership in Mind and THP Innovate and Chair of youth charity Urban Development.

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 and membership of the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Professor Sir John Burn – Non-Executive Director

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. He is Chairman of QuantuMDx ltd, a medical device company developing point of care DNA testing for the developing world.

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Noel Gordon – Non Executive Director and Chair of Specialised Services Commissioning Committee

Noel Gordon, Non-Executive Director

Noel Gordon was appointed to the Board in July 2014 and appointed Chair of the Specialised Services Commissioning Committee.  Formerly an economist, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2012 including, for the last 16 years, 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, mobile and digital technologies.

He is Chair designate of NHS Digital, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Dept of Health’s Accelerated Access Review, a non executive director of the Payments Systems Regulator, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of Warwick , a member of the Development Board of Age UK, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UserVoice.org.

David Roberts – Non-Executive Director


David took over as Chairman of Nationwide Building Society in July 2015.  From 2010 to 2014 he was 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 degree in Mathematics from Birmingham University and holds an MBA and Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration 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.

Michelle Mitchell OBE – Non-Executive Director

michelle-mitchellMichelle Mitchell is CEO of the MS Society UK. She is currently a trustee of the MS International Federation, the King’s Fund and the Power to Change Trust. Michelle is a Managing Member of the Progressive MS Alliance.

Michelle has extensive voluntary sector experience at a leadership level. Before joining the MS Society, Michelle Mitchell was Director General for Age UK. Prior to that, Michelle was Chair of the Fawcett Society.

Michelle has a BA in Economics, an MA in Politics and Administration and an International Executive Diploma from INSEAD. Michelle is an alumna of the Innovations in Government Programme at Harvard University JFK School.

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Wendy Becker – Non-Executive Director

wendy-beckerWendy was appointed to the Board in March 2016.

In her executive career, Wendy had many years of experience leading consumer-related organisations, creating strategies and driving change. Wendy spent 15 year at McKinsey and Company in both San Francisco and London with nine years as a partner.  She has held a number of senior roles in industry including as CEO of Jack Wills and as Global Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Vodafone, plc

Wendy is a Non-Executive Director for Whitbread, plc, the Deputy Chairman of Cancer Research UK, and a Trustee of the Prince’s Trust.

She holds an BA in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Executive directors

Image of Simon StevensSimon Stevens – Chief Executive

Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, which leads the NHS’s work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. He is accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding.

Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.

Alongside his 16 years work for the NHS and UK public service, Simon spent a decade working internationally at UnitedHealth Group, including as its Medicare CEO and as president of its global health division, leading health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

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, and volunteers as a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, visiting professor at the London School of Economics, and an elected local councillor for Brixton in South London.

Simon took up post as NHS England CEO on 1 April 2014, following an open worldwide competitive appointment process led by the independent board of NHS England.

Image of Sir Bruce KeoghProfessor Sir Bruce Keogh – National Medical Director

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors. He is responsible for promoting clinical leadership, quality and innovation.

Formerly, Sir Bruce had a distinguished career in surgery. He was Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL. He has been 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.

Follow Bruce on Twitter @drbrucekeogh

Image of Jane CummingsProfessor Jane Cummings – Chief Nursing Officer

Professor 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

Richard Barker – Interim National Director: Commissioning Operations

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Image of Paul BaumannPaul 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.

Image of Karen WheelerKaren 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 DodgeIan 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.