The King's Fund appoints new Director of Leadership Development

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Karen Lynas, Director of Board Development at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, has been appointed Director of Leadership Development at The King's Fund.

Karen, who will take up her post on 1 December, takes over from the current director David Knowles who is retiring after nearly 14 years with the Fund. Karen has a long career in the NHS, initially in leadership roles and latterly in leadership development. She is currently responsible at national level for the leadership development of boards and senior staff in the NHS.

The King's Fund Chief Executive Niall Dickson said:

'We are delighted that Karen will be joining us later in the year. She has extensive experience of leadership development and is widely respected in the NHS. She brings a substantial record in delivering high-profile leadership and management development initiatives. The health service is changing and so too are the demands on those who provide leadership support - I am sure Karen will take us forward to meet that challenge.'

Commenting on her appointment Karen Lynas said:

'It is a crucial time for leaders in the NHS and they need all the support they can get. The King's Fund work in leadership development is very highly thought of and I am excited to be leading its work in this area. I know that I am joining a very committed and able team and I very much look forward to working with them all.'

Niall Dickson added:

'I also want to pay tribute to David Knowles who has so ably directed our leadership work since 1997 after an impressive career in NHS management. Hundreds of senior doctors, nurses and managers in the NHS can testify to that and many would say they owe him a personal debt of gratitude for his support and wisdom.'

Notes to editors

  1. For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
  2. The King's Fund has more than 30 years' experience of providing distinctive and challenging leadership, management and personal development programmes. Through our leadership programmes and our range of resources and services, we aim to build the understanding, capacity and skills of people working in health. We help people working at all levels of the health service – from clinicians and nurses, to NHS chairs and chief executives – develop their leadership skills. 
  3. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.