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Department of Health (National): Department of Health statement: Appointment of a new Chair for Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts

Press Release   •   Feb 18, 2011 09:58 GMT

Dr David Bennett has been appointed the new Chair of Monitor, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

"I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dr David Bennett to be the new Chair of Monitor.

"Our plans to modernise the NHS will give Monitor a new, expanded role as economic regulator to promote competition and ensure it works in the interest of patients and taxpayers.

“The new economic regulator will have a significantly different set of responsibilities from Monitor in its current form and, with his wealth of experience, I am confident that David will successfully lead the organisation through the changes ahead.”

Dr David Bennett said:

“After nearly 12 months as Interim Chief Executive at Monitor I am delighted that the Secretary of State has asked me to take on the role of Chair.

“The successful implementation of this next phase of reform for health and adult social care, if agreed by Parliament, will be critical to ensuring that the sector can continue to provide affordable, high quality care, and Monitor will play a central role in making sure this is so.

“I have been greatly impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the many colleagues I have worked with over this last year, both inside Monitor and beyond, and I look forward to continuing our partnership as we embark on this exciting and undoubtedly challenging next phase.”

Dr Bennett was recruited under an open recruitment process in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. The Appointments Commission undertook an independent recruitment exercise on behalf of the Department of Health. The remuneration for the post will be up to £57k for 2 days a week.

Dr Bennett replaces Steve Bundred, who has held the position of Chair since May 2010.

Notes to Editors:

1. Monitor is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body set up by an Act of Parliament in 2003. It is formally known as the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts and is currently responsible for authorising, monitoring and regulating NHS Foundation Trusts. It is proposed that Monitor will be developed into an economic regulator for all providers of health and adult social care services by 2013. This is subject to the passage of the forthcoming Health and Social Care Bill. Monitor will carry out regulatory functions in three areas:

  • regulating prices where necessary for NHS services;
  • promoting competition where appropriate; and
  • supporting commissioners in ensuring the continuity of essential services.

2. Biographical Information:

Dr David Bennett currently holds the position of the Interim Chief Executive of Monitor. Prior to that he held the position of Chairman of The 10 Partnership, a company that provides strategic and operational support to the public sector, particularly in health. In addition, he has advised boards on critical strategic and organisational matters, including working with the Monitor Board. Previously, David was the non-political Chief Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Head of the Policy Directorate and the Strategy Unit in 10 Downing Street. Before this role, David was a Director at McKinsey & Co. In his 18 years with McKinsey he served a wide range of companies in most industry sectors, but with a particular focus on regulated, technology-intensive industries.

3. In accordance with the OCPA Code all appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations there is a requirement for appointees political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Dr Bennett has not declared any political activity and holds no other Ministerial public appointments.

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