Richard Murray announced as new Chief Executive of The King’s Fund

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Richard Murray, currently Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, has been appointed as its new Chief Executive. He will succeed Professor Sir Chris Ham, the current Chief Executive, who steps down at the end of 2018.
Commenting on the appointment, Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund’s Board of Trustees, said:
'I am delighted that Richard will be the Fund's new Chief Executive. He has made a significant contribution to the Fund's work as Director of Policy and his knowledge and understanding of the health and care system is second to none. I am confident that he will build on the Fund’s achievements in recent years and that the organisation will go from strength to strength under his leadership.'
Richard Murray said:
'After five very enjoyable years at the Fund, I am thrilled to be taking over as Chief Executive. With the health and care system facing significant challenges, our role in providing high-quality, independent policy analysis and supporting leaders has never been more vital. It will be a privilege to continue working with such a talented group of people and to lead such a great organisation.'

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Andrew McCracken, Head of Press and Public Affairs at The King’s Fund, on 020 7307 2594 or 07774 907 960.

Richard is due to take up the post of Chief Executive of The King’s Fund on 2 January 2019.

Richard Murray’s biography

Richard currently leads the policy team at The King’s Fund and his responsibilities include overseeing the policy work programme and contributing to the wider work of the Fund, particularly to understand the key challenges and opportunities facing health and care.

Before joining The King’s Fund in January 2014, Richard was chief analyst at NHS England and had held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including senior economic adviser, director of strategy, director of financial planning and chief analyst, and director of finance, quality, strategy and analysis.

Richard initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co.

The King’s Fund 

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and 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 health and care is available to all.