The King’s Fund welcomes Ruth Carnall as a new trustee

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Leading health care adviser and former Chief Executive of NHS London, Dame Ruth Carnall, has joined the board of trustees at The King's Fund.

Ruth has more than 30 years’ experience in health care, including 20 years as a chief executive in acute hospitals, mental health, community services and health authorities. She spent seven years in charge of the NHS in London as Chief Executive of NHS London and now provides strategic advice to leaders in health care. In 2013, Ruth and Hannah Farrar established Carnall Farrar, a consultancy company specialising in strategic leadership in health care. Ruth was also appointed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to provide advice and expertise on major health issues affecting London.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Dame Ruth Carnall to our board of trustees. With her extensive experience of working in health care and advising policy-makers at the highest level, I know she will make a valuable contribution to the work the Fund does to shape health policy and to support those working in the NHS to meet the considerable challenges it is facing.'

Dame Ruth Carnall added: 'As a chief executive in the NHS, I greatly valued the work of the The King's Fund in policy and leadership development. I am delighted to be able to contribute to their work as a trustee.'

The board of trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of The King's Fund. We hope to be able to announce the appointment of additional new trustees in the near future.

Notes to editors: 

Trustees are appointed for a three-year renewable term, and meet seven times a year. Their role is to agree the organisation's overall strategic direction, in line with its charitable objectives, and to scrutinise management functions delegated to the Senior Management Team. 

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.

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