The King’s Fund appoints Lord Kakkar as its new Chair

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Lord Ajay Kakkar, a leading clinical academic and crossbench member of the House of Lords, has been appointed as the new Chair of The King’s Fund. He will succeed the independent charity’s current Chair, Sir Christopher Kelly, on 1 January 2020.

Lord Kakkar has over thirty years’ experience as a clinician and an academic and is currently Chairman of UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership. Since entering parliament as a crossbench peer in 2010, he has served on the House of Lords Select Committee on the long-term sustainability of health and social care and is a current member of the Science and Technology Committee. In 2018, he completed a five-year term as Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. He holds a wide range of other positions, including Professor of Surgery at UCL, Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute and Chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission.

Commenting on the appointment, Sir Christopher Kelly, who will complete a nine-year term of office as Chair at the end of the year, said: ‘I am delighted that Ajay has agreed to become the next chair of The King’s Fund. As an experienced clinician and a crossbench peer, he will bring a wealth of experience to the Fund as it embarks on delivering a new five-year strategy. It has been a great pleasure to chair the Fund over the past nine years and I am really pleased to leave it in such good hands.’

Lord Kakkar said: ‘It is a great pleasure and privilege to have been appointed to succeed Sir Christopher whose impressive stewardship of The King’s Fund is broadly appreciated. I hope to ensure the Fund’s future development and its continued contribution to the debate on the future of health and social care in our country.’



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