Who’s who – the NHS England board

Non-executive directors

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBE – Chair

Malcolm Grant, Chair

Sir Malcolm is a barrister and a member of the Bench of Middle Temple. As an academic lawyer he specialised in planning, property and environmental law, and was Professor of Land Economy at Cambridge from 1991-2003. From 2003-2013 he was the President and Provost of UCL (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 trustee of Somerset House, a director of Genomics England Ltd; a board member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong; and a UK Business Ambassador. He is Chancellor-Elect of the University of York.

Ciarán Devane – Non-Executive Director

Ciaran 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 the George Washington University, Washington DC.  He worked for ICI for eight years as a management consultant.

Ciarán was Chief Executive on Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. In January 2015 he joined the British Council as Chief Executive.

Ciarán is a trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation. Ciarán has been nominated to join the board of Social Finance but has not yet taken up the role. In January 2012, Ciarán was appointed as a Non Executive Director of NHS England.

Follow Ciarán on Twitter @ciarandevane

Margaret Casely-Hayford – Non-Executive Director


Margaret Casely-Hayford was appointed Chair of the charity Action Aid UK in 2014 prior to which she was for nine years, Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary for the John Lewis Partnership, following a twenty year career with City solicitors Dentons where she had been a partner.  She read law at Oxford University.

She is also on the Metropolitan Police Panel that is overseeing the police investigation into police corruption.

Whilst at John Lewis, she was for a number of years their representative on the Board of the British Retail Consortium; and during her time at Dentons, she was a government appointed special trustee of Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital Charity from 2000 to 2008 and  over the same period was also a government appointed trustee of the Geffrye Museum.

Dame Moira Gibb – Non-Executive Director


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.

She is a civil Service Commissioner, chairs a local authority improvement board and is a non-executive director of Achieving for Children. Her career was in local government and social services and she was 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.

Follow Victor on Twitter @voa1234

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.

Follow John on Twitter @capp3

Noel Gordon – Non-Executive Director

Noel Gordon, Non-Executive Director

Noel was appointed to the Board of NHS England in July 2014 and he is also Chair of the Specialised Commissioning Committee. Formerly an economist, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2014 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 and digital technologies. Noel holds a first degree in Economics and International Finance from the University of Warwick and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. He is 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.

Executive directors

Simon Stevens – Chief Executive

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive

Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS Accounting Officer he is also 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 sixteen 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 1st April 2014, following an open worldwide competitive appointment process led by the independent board of NHS England.

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 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

Jane Cummings – Chief Nursing Officer

Jane 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

Dame Barbara Hakin – National Director: Commissioning Operations

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 – Chief Financial Officer

Paul 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 Kelsey – National Director for Patients and Information

Tim 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 which now attracts around 20 million unique users per 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

Karen Wheeler – National Director: Transformation and Corporate Operations

Karen 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.

Ian Dodge – National Director for Commissioning Strategy

Ian 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.