Executive team

Read the biographies of the Healthcare Commission's Executive team and our National Clinical Advisors.

Executive team at the Healthcare Commission

Anna Walker, Chief Executive

Photograph of Anna WalkerAnna is Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission. Previous posts include Director General, Land Use and Rural Affairs at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Director General, for Energy at the Department for Trade and Industry (1998-2001); and Deputy Director General at the Office of Telecommunications (1994-1998). Anna became a member of the new National Consumer Council on 1 October 2008.

Ian Biggs

Photograph of Ian BiggsIan is acting Head of Operations of the Healthcare Commission. He started his career as an NHS graduate trainee and developed an interest in risk management becoming the manager of the NHS Welsh Risk Pool, implementing risk management standards for the NHS in Wales and establishing an inspection regime for the first time. In 2001, he joined the Commission for Health Improvement, which began to establish regulation and assessment in the NHS in England.

Lorraine Foley, Head of Informatics

Photograph of Lorraine FoleyPrior to joining the Commission, Lorraine spent 10 years as Director of Electronic Banking and Cash Management at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Lorraine has also worked for the TSB Trust Company.


Marcia Fry, Head of Operational Development

Photograph of Marcia FryMarcia has held a variety of senior positions at the Department of Health. These include Head of Nutrition and Public Health (1992-1996), Head of Sexual Health and Genetics (1996-2001) and Head of Clinical Quality, Ethics and Genetics (2001-2003).


Steve Heminsley, Head of Corporate Services

Photograph of Steve HeminsleySteve is on secondment from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. He has extensive experience of strategic and operational delivery in a variety of corporate services posts, which have included responsibility for finance, strategy, planning and organisational design and development.


Miranda Kavanagh, Head of Communications

Photograph of Miranda KavanaghMiranda joined the HC from the London Business School, where she was Executive Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. Prior to that Miranda held senior communications posts with a number of blue chip companies, and has also worked in consultancy, across a 20-year period. Miranda is a barrister by training and has also worked in investment banking.


Gary Needle, Head of Assessment and Methods

Photograph of Gary NeedleGary joined the Healthcare Commission in late 2005, to lead the delivery of the annual health check, and was appointed to the post of Head of Assessment and Methods in December 2007. Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Management and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


Jamie Rentoul, Head of Strategy

Photograph of Jamie RentoulBefore joining the Healthcare Commission, Jamie was Executive Director of the Prime Minister's Unit. Prior to this he was the Head of the NHS Waiting Lists Policy Team in the Department of Health and also headed the tobacco policy unit in the department.


National Clinical Advisors

Professor Ann Close

Photograph of Professor Ann CloseAnn is responsible for providing the Commission with senior strategic advice on nursing and patient care issues. Professor Close is Nursing Director and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust in the West Midlands. She has published extensively and in 2007 was awarded a visiting professorship from Birmingham City University for her services to nursing.


Professor David Haslam, CBE

Photograph of David Haslam, CBEDavid has been a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire since 1976 and is President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Vice Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is also co-chair of the MMC Programme Board, a member of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board, a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was awarded the CBE in 2004 for services to Medicine and Health Care.


Daniel Keenan BSc (Hons), MB, BCh, FRCS, FEACTS

Photograph of Mr Daniel KeenanDanny is a Fellow of the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is also a NICE specialist advisor and an R&D technology assessment reviewer for the NHS. He was a CHD reviewer for the Commission for Health Improvement and has been appointed as an independent assessor for complaints referred to the Healthcare Commission. He was appointed to the Healthcare Commission in 2005.


Declaration of interests

A list of the declared interests of the senior management of the Healthcare Commission is available: Senior management declarations of interests: May 2008