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Department of Health: NHS Professionals LTD announces new Chairman

Press Release   •   Jan 18, 2010 11:40 GMT

Robin Williams ACA has been appointed Chair of the newly formed NHS Professionals (NHSP) Limited.

The role of Chair is essential to ensuring that NHS Professionals Ltd achieves the highest professional, business, clinical and quality standards.

Mr Williams brings long-term experience to the role having worked in corporate finance, outsourcing, support services, manufacturing, contracting and construction, IT systems and managed services. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate Engineer.

Department of Health, Commercial Director, Peter Coates said:

“I am delighted to welcome Robin Williams to his new role. The skills and expertise Robin brings to this post will ensure NHS Professionals Limited has every opportunity to further strengthen its position in the market.”

Robin Williams said:

“It is an exciting time to be joining the Board of NHS Professionals Limited as it changes its ownership status and continues to progress towards optimal performance and service to clients. I look forward to working with the Board to deliver NHS Professionals Ltd’s full potential.”

Following a public consultation, NHS Professionals’ current Special Health Authority status will be dissolved on 1 April 2010, when the organisation will begin to operate as a limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State.

Mr Williams took up his new role on 11 January 2010.

Notes to editors

  • A photograph of Robin Williams is available from the Department of Health press office on: 0207 210 5221.
  • Robin Williams is Chairman of Killby & Gayford Group Ltd and remains a non-executive director of Constantine Group Plc, London Linen Supply Ltd and Maxima Holdings Plc, where he chairs the audit committee and is a member of the remuneration and nomination committees.
  • In a previous role, he was CEO and co-founder of Britton Group plc, Robin Williams grew the business to £250m revenues within six years, before selling to a competitor. He was then an executive Director of Hepworth Plc, with a leading role in the rationalisation and subsequent sale of the group.
  • Robin Williams will be working with current Chair Richard Martin to ensure a smooth transition to the Ltd company, and will be completing an induction, working with current management to learn about business and leading recruitment of new non exec board.
  • NHS Professionals is the largest provider of managed flexible staff to the NHS with over 50,000 nurses, care workers and doctors signed to its banks, placing over 2 million shifts a year, recruiting over 400 fully-screened and qualified flexible workers a month, and serving over 120 acute, mental health, foundation and primary care trusts. With client satisfaction exceeding 90% and real savings of over £500m, NHS Professionals helps Trusts both improve clinical governance and reduce costs.
  • NHS Professionals works within each client Trust as part of the team, with local account management backed up by state-of-the-art electronic processes. Trust finance directors receive, as part of the service, comprehensive and detailed management information and access to budgetary control mechanisms within the technology platform.
  • Richard Martin remains Chair of NHS Professionals’ in its current Special Health Authority status until its dissolution on 1 April 2010, when the organisation will begin to operate as a limited company, wholly owned by the Secretary of State. Information about the public consultation, which sought views on NHSP’s status closed on 9 December 2009 and can be found at:
  • For further details please contact the Department of Health press office on: 0207 210 5221.
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