The King's Fund welcomes Dr Sam Everington as a new trustee

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Dr Sam Everington OBE, London GP and chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, has joined the board of trustees at The King's Fund.

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 and is chair of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG and a board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, an innovative community organisation with more than 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. Sam is also a qualified barrister, a member of the BMA Council and a director of Community Health Partnerships (NHS Lift).

In 1999 Sam received an OBE for services to inner city primary care and in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care.

Commenting on the appointment, Sir Christopher Kelly, Chairman of The King's Fund, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Dr Sam Everington as the newest addition to our board of trustees. The Fund has a deep interest in innovation in the commissioning and delivery of care. With his substantial experience of delivering health care to local communities, and insight gained through many years working at a national level, I know Sam will make a valuable contribution to our work.

Dr Sam Everington added: 'I look forward to joining the board of an organisation that is at the forefront of improving health and health care in this country and inspiring those who work in this field.'

Trustees are appointed for a three-year renewable term, and meet seven times a year. Their role is to agree the Fund's overall strategic direction, in line with its charitable objectives, and to scrutinise management functions delegated to the senior management team.

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