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Kerslake wins top NHS job

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The Department for Communities & Local Government’s permanent secretary Sir Bob Kerslake has been appointed chair of a leading hospital foundation trust in London.

Sir Bob, who will stand down as the DCLG’s permanent secretary in February, will succeed Sir George Alberti as chair of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust in June 2015.

A King’s College spokesman told LGC that Sir Bob had committed to work two to three days a week and added he would receive a remuneration package worth between £55,000 and £65,000.

In a statement, the hospital’s chief executive Tim Smart said he was “delighted” with Sir Bob’s appointment.

“His expertise and extensive experience of the public and voluntary sectors, and of national and local government at the highest levels, will be of great value to King’s and for the NHS as a whole in the challenging times ahead,” he said.

Sir Bob said: “King’s is a fantastic hospital and I am hugely enthusiastic about taking on this important role and working with Tim. I look forward to getting involved in the life of the hospital and meeting the staff who work there.”

In July Sir Bob announced he would “step down” from his former role as head of the civil service in the autumn before retiring from the civil service in 2015. He is a former chief executive of Hounslow LBC, Sheffield City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency.



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