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Care Quality Commission appoints new board members

3 June 2013

Five new commissioners have been appointed to the board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). They are Louis Appleby, Camilla Cavendish, Paul Corrigan, Jennifer Dixon and Michael Mire.

These appointments reflect CQC’s commitment to strengthening its board, widening the skills and experience available to help govern and lead the organisation and to make it more independent.

Dr Jennifer Dixon is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust and has just completed a review into ratings for health and social care. She is a former member of the Healthcare Commission board, a former advisor to the NHS Chief Executive, and the former director of policy at the Kings Fund. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.  

Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning journalist, Associate Editor of the Sunday Times and is currently leading the Cavendish Review, an independent review into the training and support of healthcare assistants. She has been an analyst at McKinsey & Company, Chief Executive of the South Bank Employers' Group and assistant to the Chief Executive at Pearson Plc.

Professor Louis Appleby is currently the national clinical director for offender health, having been national director for mental health from 2000-2010. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He developed the national suicide prevention strategy for England.

Paul Corrigan is a former health policy advisor to Tony Blair and former special advisor to Alan Milburn and John Reid. He is adjunct professor at Imperial College Institute of Global Health.

Michael Mire is currently a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has over 30 years of experience. He has focused on retailing, financial services and transformation. He is retiring from McKinsey this year.

The board is chaired by David Prior, who said: "This is a critical time for the future direction of CQC as we implement new and better ways of working.

"I recognised when I joined CQC that a priority was to strengthen the board so that commissioners could provide effective support and challenge to the Chief Executive and his Executive team.

"The appointment of these five board members who have a huge range of experience between them will help us become a world class regulator of health and social care. I am delighted they are joining us".


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Notes to editors

Non-executive directors are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and are accountable to the Chair of the CQC.

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