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26.03.20

Health Education England announce new Chief Executive

Health Education England (HEE) have announced it will appoint Dr Navina Evans as the organisation’s new Chief Executive following a rigorous interview process.

Beginning a period of phased introduction to HEE from April 1, 2020, Dr Evans will take up the post full time from October 2020, replacing the outgoing Professor Ian Cumming, who had been with HEE for the past eight years leading the NHS’ education and training body.

Dr Evans, who currently works for East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), began her career as a psychiatrist, progressing to consultant psychiatrist before taking on management responsibilities. She has worked for ELFT for the past 25 years, working her way up to Clinical Director and held responsibilities around medical education and training.

She took up an unusual path for a clinician more recently in her role at ELFT, taking up the role of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, before becoming the ELFT’s Chief Executive in August 2016.

Speaking about Dr Evans’ appointment, Sir David Behan, Chair of Health Education England, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Navina Evans as the next Chief Executive of HEE.

“In a rigorous and competitive selection process Navina showed she has the track record, experience, skills and values to take HEE forward and ensure that, alongside our partners, we educate and train the healthcare workforce for the future.

Sir Behan also took the time to thank Professor Cumming for his work over the past eight years, wishing him well in his future endeavours.

Dr Evans said about her newly-announced appointment: “I am proud to be joining my new colleagues in HEE at a time when caring for and developing our health and care staff is of the greatest importance.

“I look forward to working with them to develop the skilled, responsive and compassionate workforce of the future.

“Whilst I am sad to be leaving my fantastic friends in East London Foundation Trust, I will continue to follow them with joy as they always strive to improve the quality of life for all they serve.”

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