New appointment for KSS AHSN's Chair

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David Clayton-Smith, chair of KSS AHSN, has been appointed as Independent Chair of the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS). 

Commenting on his appointment to BOB ICS, David said: 

"I have an enduring passion for integrated care, and am really excited about the prospect of being able to develop the way health and care is provided. 

"The Academic Health Science Network is an important component in the delivery of integrated care systems across England, and I look forward to working with Oxford AHSN, which operates within the BOB ICS area, and sharing key learnings with KSS AHSN and the wider AHSN Network."

David, who is also the Independent Chair of the Epsom and St Helier Improving Healthcare Together 2020-30 Board, has extensive experience in Board level roles within the NHS.

He was formerly Chair of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (2016 and 2019), Chair of NHS Surrey for three years from 2010 and Chair of NHS Sussex between 2012 and 2013.

David was also a board member and Treasurer of Fairtrade International, and is director and co-founder of Andrum Consulting which specialises in supporting entrepreneurial businesses. 

Throughout his career, David has held board-level positions in major blue-chip businesses, latterly as Commercial Director of Halfords and Marketing Director for Boots the Chemist. 

The appointment to the role of Independent Chair follows an extensive recruitment process to find someone with the necessary leadership skills and experience to be a key ambassador for the ICS. 

As Independent Chair, David will work with Fiona Wise, ICS Executive Lead and Chief Executives from across the BOB ICS patch to support and promote partnership working, while making sure there is the appropriate level of independent oversight and assurance of ICS decisions and delivery of strategic priorities.