Commission appoints interim Chief Executive

Helen Hughes appointed as interim Chief Executive

01 September 2010

Today we announce the appointment of Helen Hughes as interim Chief Executive.

Ms. Hughes, who currently serves as Group Director of Corporate Management at the Commission, will take up the post on October 1st following the departure of the Commission's current Acting Director General Neil Kinghan. She has been appointed as interim Chief Executive, and a Commissioner, for a six-month period.

Ms. Hughes joined the Commission in April 2009 following a distinguished career in public service, particularly in the health sector. In addition to working with the World Health Organization, the UK National Patient Safety Agency and London health care bodies, she has previously been Executive Director of Resources and Equality for the London Development Agency.  At the LDA she had the lead responsibility for all equality and diversity issues in an organisation that itself represented RDAs at a national level in Government. 

Ms Hughes brings both an excellent understanding of the issues facing the Commission and valuable experience in change management in the organisations she's worked for before. She lives in South East London with her two sons and is on the Board of several national and local charities.

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Notes to Editors

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