David Fillingham CBE

Visiting Fellow

During his fellowship with The King's Fund, David's work will focus on issues around quality and service redesign.

David was appointed as Chief Executive of AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) in April 2010.  AQuA is a membership organisation that works with its members to support improvements in health, quality of care, value for money, and the motivation and morale of staff.

David joined the NHS in 1989 from a career in manufacturing and industry. He went on to take a number of posts, including Chief Executive at Wirral FHSA, St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority, and North Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

From 2001 to 2004 David was Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency, developing new ways of working and promoting leadership development across the NHS as a whole. He was awarded the CBE for his work.

David then spent six years putting national experience back into practice on the frontline as Chief Executive at the Royal Bolton Hospital. He introduced 'lean' principles to empower staff and involve patients to improve quality of care by reducing waste, errors and duplication.

Selected work

Lessons and learning from AQuA's Integrated Care Discovery Communities
14 Oct 2014 | Publication