Chief Executive of the National Health Service

David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England

Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE is Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board. He leads the design and development of the new commissioning system.

The NHS Commissioning Board takes on its full statutory responsibilities on 1 April 2013. During the transitional phase (October 2011 to April 2013), Sir David will also continue in his role as NHS Chief Executive.

About Sir David Nicholson: Started in the NHS as a management trainee, having graduated from the University of the West of England. His career in the National Health Service spans over 31 years.

Has held leadership positions in acute and mental health services, and at four regional health authorities. Was Chief Executive of the NHS in London before becoming Chief Executive of the NHS in England.

Was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004. Awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.

Has been Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England since 2006.

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