Professor Chris Ham
Chris Ham took up his post as Chief Executive of The King's Fund in April 2010.
He was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham between 1992 and 2014 and Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the university between 1993 and 2000.
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 has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank and has served as a consultant on health care reform 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, and a companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management. He is a founder fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
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, and as a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Chris is the author of 20 books and numerous articles in academic and professional journals about health policy and management.
He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham and an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands in 2013.
Chris recently led a workforce engagement review for the Department of Health that concluded that more NHS organisations should be encouraged to become staff-led mutuals. In response, the Department of Health and Cabinet Office launched a Pathfinder Programme to support a small number of pioneering trusts, either individually or in partnership.