Richard Murray announced as new Director of Policy for The King's Fund

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Richard Murray, currently Chief Analyst at NHS England, will join The King's Fund as its Director of Policy early next year.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund said: 'We are delighted that Richard will be joining The King's Fund. He has a deep understanding of the health and care system, which, coupled with his skills in policy analysis and development, will be a great strength for the Fund.
'Richard joins a team already making a significant contribution to developing the evidence, ideas and tools that can help those in health and health care meet the very considerable challenges we face. In Richard we have appointed someone who I know will bring the energy and intellectual rigour needed to make a real impact and make the most of this role.'

Richard Murray said: 'I am thrilled to be joining The King's Fund. It's great to become part of a team with such a strong track record in shaping policy through research and analysis and using the evidence to foster understanding and debate. Now more than ever, the combination of this work with the Fund's strength in developing organisations and leaders provides a unique environment in which to contribute to improving health and care.'

Notes to editors

Richard Murray replaces Anna Dixon, who left in April to join the Department Health as their Director of Quality and Strategy and Chief Analyst.

Richard initially trained as an economist and  spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. He left the Department of Health and spent a period of four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co. He returned to the Department of Health where he undertook a number of roles including Senior Economic Adviser, Director of Strategy, Director of Financial Planning and Chief Analyst and finally Director of Finance, Quality, Strategy and Analysis. Since the start of 2013 he has been the Chief Analyst at NHS England.
The Director of Policy is responsible for the development and implementation of a programme of policy analysis and research delivered by a team of staff, associates and visiting fellows of The King’s Fund. This programme is driven by the Fund's strategic priorities.

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.
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