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02.03.18

King’s Fund chief executive to step down

The chief executive of the King’s Fund, Professor Chris Ham, has revealed his intention to step down.

Ham is expected to leave the position by the end of this year after holding the role since 2010, when he replaced NHS Confederation boss Niall Dickson.

He has been professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham since 1992 and has also worked in an advisory role with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank.

Between 2000 and 2004 he was seconded to the Department of Health as director of the strategy unit where he worked on NHS reform, a subject he has been heavily involved with.

In response to the announcement, Sir Christopher Kelly, chair of The King’s Fund’s Board of Trustees, said: “Chris will leave behind a very considerable legacy. Under his leadership, the Fund has grown in influence and become a stronger organisation.

“He will leave it in very good health and will be greatly missed by his colleagues. The Board of Trustees has begun the process of finding a successor with the aim of having someone in place by the time he leaves at the end of the year.”

In May of last year, the outgoing CEO spent some time talking to NHE about the future of NHS services and integration, which he has been a long-term supporter of.

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