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NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group appoints new Lay Vice Chair

Sir Tony Hawkhead CBE has been appointed as the Lay Vice Chair of the new NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), fromTony Hawkhead 01 April 2018.

He has held several high profile chief executive posts, including his current role with the national charity Action for Children, as well as non-executive roles with the UK National Advisory Board on Social Investment and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sir Tony, who lives in Solihull, said: “I am delighted to have accepted the position of Lay Vice Chair with NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, where I’ll be spending two days a week from next April. The CCG will be the largest in England, and I look forward to helping to make a real difference to the health of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.”

NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs received approval from NHS England in November to create a single CCG. The three organisations are currently working closely together before officially merging from April 2018.

Paul Jennings, Interim Chief Executive of the NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCGs, said: “This is a very exciting time for the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull and I am thrilled to welcome Sir Tony to our Governing Body. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable in helping us to deliver the best possible outcomes for local people; tackling health inequalities and meeting the health and wellbeing needs of a diverse population.”

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s newly appointed Chair Designate, Birmingham GP Dr Peter Ingham, added: “I am delighted to welcome Sir Tony to our newly-emerging board and look forward to working closely with him.”