The King's Fund strengthens senior team

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The King's Fund has made two new senior-level appointments, both of whom will take up their positions in January.

Paul Zollinger-Read will join the Fund in a newly created role as Medical Adviser and Clinical Lead on Primary Care. He will contribute particularly to the Fund's work on GP commissioning and provide clinical input across its programme of work.

Currently Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Primary Care Trust, and Director of Commissioning at East of England Strategic Health Authority, Paul is stepping down from these roles. He will work at the Fund in a part-time capacity, in addition to working for the Department of Health where he will focus on the developing commission consortia across the East of England and leading nationally on a number of aspects of GP commissioning, including patient engagement and leadership.

David Buck, currently Head of Health Inequalities at the Department of Health, will join the Fund as Senior Fellow for Public Health on 17 January 2011. He will be responsible for the Fund's research and analysis on public health and health inequalities, and will lead on its response to the government's recent public health White Paper.

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, said:

'I am delighted that Paul and David are joining us at such an important time in the development of health policy. They both bring considerable experience in their respective fields and will strengthen our team.'

Dr Zollinger-Read said:

'The King's Fund has an important role to play in supporting the development of GP-led commissioning and I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to its work in this area. As an experienced NHS manager and practicing GP, I also look forward to using my clinical expertise and understanding of patients’ needs to support its work.'

David Buck said:

'I am really pleased to be joining The King's Fund at a time of great change in public health policy. I look forward to developing a strong voice for the Fund on public health issues and helping it make a constructive contribution to the debate on the reforms proposed in the government's recent White Paper.'

Notes to editors

  1. Paul Zollinger-Read has been a practicing GP for 20 years. In 1995 he formed one of the first fundholding consortia, involving 28 GPs. Prior to his appointments as Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Primary Care Trust, he was Chief Executive of Chelmsford PCT and Braintree Care Trust. He was previously Director of Demand Management at the Modernisation Agency.
  2. David Buck joined the Department of Health as an economist in 2000. Before being appointed as Head of Inequalities in 2008, he worked on a wide range of issues including the National Service Framework for diabetes, long-term conditions policy and the childhood obesity strategy. He was previously a lecturer in health economics and an economic researcher.
  3. For further information, please contact The King’s Fund’s press and public affairs office on 020 7307 2585. Out of hours, please ring 07584 146 035.
  4. The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.