O’Higgins to lead NHS Confed

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 The NHS Confederation has appointed Michael O’Higgins as its new chair.

Mr O’Higgins replaces Sir Keith Pearson who departed in June 2012 to take up a similar position with Health Education England.

The new chair said he has “long admired the work of the NHS Confederation” and is “excited about making the most of this position to speak on behalf of the NHS.”

He joins the Confederation with immediate effect after leaving as chair of The Pensions Regulatory. Mr O’Higgins has previously held similar high-profile roles at the Audit Commission and the Treasury Group Audit Committee.

Mike Farrar, NHS Confed Chief Executive, said the new recruit is a highly respected figure following his work within the NHS and local government. “His extensive knowledge of the health and social care sector means that he will be invaluable in developing our relationships right across the wider care sector.”