NHS Assembly Chairs

Clare GeradaProfessor Dame Clare Gerada MBE

Professor Dame Clare Gerada has more than 35 years experience practising medicine, and has been a driving force behind efforts to provide more wellbeing support for NHS staff. As well as being the first female Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 50 years, Clare has held leadership roles with the Department of Health and is on the Council of the British Medical Association.

In the Millennium Birthday Honours Professor Gerada received an MBE for services to medicine and substance misuse. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in July 2013. Clare was awarded a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020.

Chris HamProfessor Sir Chris Ham

Sir Chris Ham was chief executive of the Kings Fund think tank from 2010 to 2018 following 18 years as professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham, during which time he advised the World Health Organisation and World Bank among others. Between 2000 and 2004 he was director of the strategy unit in the Department of Health. Sir Chris has authored over 20 books and numerous articles on health policy and management. He received a knighthood for his services to health policy and management in 2018.

Chris is currently the independent Chair of the of the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership, non-executive director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and visiting senior fellow at The King’s Fund.

We maintain a register of the NHS Assembly co-chair’s interests, available on request from england.nhsassembly@nhs.net.