Sir Hugh Taylor has been appointed as the new chair of the Health Foundation.
Sir Hugh, former Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health and current chair of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, joins the Health Foundation to lead the charity’s board and support its vision to bring about better health and health care for people in the UK.
He brings many years of experience and insight leading health and social care policy, including senior roles across government.
The appointment coincides with the announcement of two new board members to the charity: Eric Gregory, a highly experienced non-executive director and formerly a senior director at the John Lewis Partnership; and Loraine Hawkins, former chief analyst for NHS England and currently an expert health systems advisor to the World Health Organisation.
Sir Hugh will replace Sir Alan Langlands FRSE, who has been chair of the Health Foundation since 2009.
Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Sir Hugh, Eric and Loraine join us. They have hugely impressive skills that complement our strong board. At the Foundation we have an ambitious strategy and Sir Hugh’s deep experience and knowledge will help us keep up the pace of progress and scope of our work.”
Sir Hugh Taylor said: “It is a great honour to join the Health Foundation. It is a charity that I am deeply passionate about and one that has a clear mission to improve the health of the UK population. It has an exemplary reputation across the health sector, which made the decision to join as chair a simple one. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue the excellent progress that the charity has already made across the health community.”