Health Service Focus

05.08.19

New non-executive Board members at Health Education England

Health Education England has welcomed the Government announcement of new non-executive directors (NEDs) to its board to provide independent advice, support and scrutiny, and work with senior officials on key policy decisions.

The appointees are Professor Soraya Dhillon MBE, Dr Liz Mear, Professor Andrew George, Dr Andrew Foster and Professor John Latham, while HEE has also confirmed the appointment of Dr Harpreet Sood as Associate NED.

Sir David Behan, Chair, Health Education England said: “I am delighted to welcome these new NEDs to HEE. They bring a diverse range of backgrounds and experience which, individually and collectively, will add value to HEE.

“Science and technology is transforming health and care. HEE has an important role, working collaboratively with others, to ensure the workforce of tomorrow has the knowledge and skills required to provide people with safe, high quality care and the new Board will work to make this happen.”

Professor Dhillon is a former Clinical Academic with over 35 years experience in academia and clinical practice, and retired as Dean of School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire in November 2016.

Commenting on her appointment Professor Dhillon said: “I am delighted to join the HEE board, bringing academic and NHS experience, to tackle key workforce priorities which are critical for the transformation agenda and the delivery of the NHS long term plan”

Dr Mear is the Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast.

Dr Mear said: “I believe that one of the most important challenges facing the NHS is how to adapt to new ways of working and embracing technology, while valuing the people skills of our staff which are so important to our customers/patients' experiences of care.”

Professor George MBE is an immunologist who brings a wealth of health research experience to the role.

Professor George said: “The success of the NHS is vitally dependent on the quality of its workforce. I am delighted to have this opportunity to support HEE in making sure that these staff have the best possible education and training that will prepare them to care for our patients not only today, but in a changing future.”

Mr Foster was appointed as Chief Executive of the Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in January 2007 and will retire from this post on 31 October 2019.

Professor Latham is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Coventry where he leads delivery of the University’s strategic objectives.

Dr Sood is currently a practicing primary care doctor at an inner city practice in London and at University College Hospital, London.

 

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