Appointment of Dame Gill Morgan to Gloucestershire ICS Independent Chair role

Health and care partners in the county are delighted to confirm that Dame Gill Morgan has been appointed as Independent Chair of the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) and will take up her role in January 2020.

Gill has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the NHS and third sector at national and local level and will be a major asset to the county.

She has extensive leadership experience having held a number of senior roles including Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and Chief Executive of North and East Devon Health Authority. She has also been a Permanent Secretary in the Welsh Government.

More recently Gill has been Chair of NHS Providers since 2014, Vice Chair of the Lloyds’ Bank Foundation for England and Wales (a grant giver for small charities), Commissioner (Vice Chair) for the review of physical and sexual abuse in women suffering multiple disadvantage and is Patron of the Infection Prevention Society.

Gill who was educated at University College London Medical School holds a number of honours and professional qualifications and has received training in public health, general practice and hospital medicine.

In her long career, Gill has shown great passion for high quality care, championing the rights and needs of vulnerable individuals and innovation in services and support.

Gill Morgan said:

“It is great to see the ambition being shown in Gloucestershire to forge strong partnerships, be creative and innovative in supporting people and communities to stay healthy and provide the best possible care when and where it is needed.
To build on this, we need to maximise the resources available to us, the expertise of talented health and care professionals and harness the considerable strengths and knowhow in our communities.

I am excited about getting started and helping to deliver One Gloucestershire’s long term priorities in partnership with the public, patients, carers and staff.”

Chair of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Ingrid Barker, who helped to oversee the recruitment process said:

“Gill is an exceptional individual and collectively we are thrilled that Gloucestershire will benefit from her extensive knowledge and expertise.

We very much look forward to working alongside her, health and care professionals and our valued community partners to build on the significant progress already made by our One Gloucestershire family.

We would also like to pay tribute to Nick Relph who has fulfilled the role of interim chair so well. Working with the ICS leadership and our great staff, Nick’s foresight, wisdom and challenge has helped to put the county in such a strong position.”

ICS lead and Accountable Officer at NHS Gloucestershire CCG, Mary Hutton said:

“Working as One Gloucestershire we are making great strides in breaking down the artificial barriers that have existed in the past, joining up care and support across our communities and working to deliver outstanding hospital care when it is needed.

This appointment is really good news for Gloucestershire. Gill brings substantial and rich experience from across the NHS, local government and third sector and her ability to galvanise people and develop strong and abiding partnerships will serve the county well.”