Chair - NHS Improvement

Body: Department of Health
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Skills required: Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £63,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2-3 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Baroness Dido Harding has been appointed as Chair of NHS Improvement for 4 years from 30 October 2017.

The appointment will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per week. Remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £63,000 per annum.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this code is carried out by the commissioner for public appointments.

The appointment is made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Baroness Harding has taken the Conservative Whip in the House of Lords since taking her seat in 2014. She is also married to John Penrose, Conservative MP for Weston Super Mare.

Health Minister Philip Dunne said:

“I am delighted that we have appointed Baroness Harding as the Chair of NHS Improvement. She brings to this role significant experience from a number of businesses and voluntary sector organisations and I am confident her energy, enthusiasm and leadership skills will be of great benefit not just to NHS Improvement but the NHS as a whole.

“I would also like to thank Richard Douglas, for his wisdom, commitment and expertise as interim chair.”

Date: 20/10/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/04/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    20/10/2017 at 15:00

Recruitment paused during pre-election period. Pre-appointment hearing took place on 17 October 2017.


Assessment Panel

  • Chris Wormald Added 05/04/2017

    Panel Chair

    Permanent Secretary, Department of Health • Departmental Official

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  • John Manzoni Added 05/04/2017

    Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office • Other Panel Member

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  • Libby Watkins Added 05/04/2017

    Senior Independent Panel Member • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Ron Kerr Added 26/05/2017

    Vice Chair, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint a Chair to the board of NHS Improvement.

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. NHS Improvement offers the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, NHS Improvement helps the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), and patient safety and improvement functions from across the NHS framework, under one single leadership and operating model, and a single board. The chair of NHS Improvement will be formally appointed to both Monitor and the TDA.

Person Specification

Successful candidates will have experience in leading high-performing, large organisations, including through periods of significant change, along with the ability to operate in a highly complex, fast moving environment. Candidates will also have the ability to facilitate, support and develop executive performance and have a demonstrable commitment to the needs of patients and the public.

Additional Information

The Secretary of State for Health will make the appointment, which will be for up to a maximum of four years.

For further queries about the post, please contact Jason Yiannikkou, Deputy Director, Department of Health on 020 7210 4386.


How to Apply

For further details of how to apply, please refer to the attached information pack.

If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Holly Wainwright, Department of Health on 0113 254 6135 quoting the reference E17-35.

The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.


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