New Chairman for The King's Fund

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Sir Cyril Chantler is to be the new Chairman of the independent health charity The King's Fund, effective from 2 July 2004. He will take over from Sir Graham Hart who has been Chairman since 1998.

Sir Cyril, whose background is in paediatric medicine, is currently Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. He has also been a Senior Associate of The King's Fund for the past four years.

Sir Cyril was Dean of the Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals' Medical and Dental School, where he was also the Children Nationwide Medical Research Fund Professor of Paediatric Nephrology until his retirement in 2000. Previous appointments include General Manager of Guy's Hospital and non-executive Director of the Guy's/Lewisham Trust and of the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust.

In addition, Sir Cyril served as a member of the then NHS Policy Board, as Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of London, and as a member of the General Medical Council, where he was Chairman of the Standards Committee.

Sir Cyril said:

'During my long career in health I have greatly appreciated The King's Fund's independent and creative work on health policy and its commitment to developing and supporting the health and social care community. More recently, I have enjoyed contributing, as a Senior Associate, to some of its work on health policy, including future thinking on the NHS, and on wider health issues such as the development of integrated health care. I am very much looking forward to building on Sir Graham's legacy of insightful scrutiny and dedicated support, and to working with the new Chief Executive Niall Dickson and his staff.'

Sir Graham said:

'It has been a huge privilege to be Chairman of The King's Fund for the past five years. We have been through some difficult times financially but have always continued to make a real impact on improving health and reducing health inequalities. I am delighted to be handing on the chairmanship to Sir Cyril and am sure he will work with Niall Dickson to lead The King's Fund from strength to strength.'

Sir Cyril's appointment was recommended by a sub-group of trustees of The King's Fund, chaired by Vice Chairman Professor Adrian Eddleston, and approved by the President of The King's Fund, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Notes to editors

1. 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 grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; a specialist bookshop; and conference and meeting facilities.

2. For more information or photographs, please contact Michael Moruzzi in The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, or Daniel Reynolds on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927.