Chris Ham

Chief Executive

Professor Chris Ham CBE, PhD, MPhil, FRCP (Hon)

Chris Ham took up his post as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in April 2010.

He has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham, England since 1992. From 2000 to 2004 he was seconded to the Department of Health, where he was Director of the Strategy Unit, working with ministers on NHS reform. Chris is the author of 20 books and numerous articles about health policy and management. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012.

Chris has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank and has served as a consultant to governments in a number of countries. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Royal College of General Practitioners, an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Chris was a governor and then a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust between 2007 and 2010. He has also served as a governor of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and the Health Foundation.

He is currently leading a workforce engagement review for the Department of Health. The review will consider options for supporting employee voices and their stake in organisations providing NHS services, and will assess a range of options, including models such as social enterprises and mutual organisations.

Selected work

Testing, evaluating and learning what works
27 Mar 2014 | Publication
20 Feb 2014 | Article
Making the case for family care networks
19 Feb 2014 | Publication
A case study in Canterbury, New Zealand
12 Sep 2013 | Publication
Lessons for England
16 Jul 2013 | Publication
Time for a radical response
26 Jun 2013 | Publication
Lessons from experience
21 Mar 2013 | Publication
11 Mar 2013 | Article
2 Jan 2013 | Article
A mid-term assessment
28 Nov 2012 | Publication
The case for fundamental change
6 Sep 2012 | Publication
The case for fundamental change
6 Sep 2012 | Publication
6 Sep 2012 | Article
24 May 2012 | Blog
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
A report to the Department of Health and the NHS Future Forum
5 Jan 2012 | Publication
21 Dec 2011 | Article
Who will take the lead?
13 Dec 2011 | Publication
12 Jul 2011 | Multimedia
15 Feb 2011 | Article
The route to improved outcomes
22 Nov 2010 | Publication
7 Oct 2010 | Multimedia
8 Sep 2010 | Multimedia
More with the same not more of the same
21 Jul 2010 | Publication
Priority Setting in the NHS
1 Sep 2000 | Publication