» UKAS appoints healthcare expert as new NED

18 December, 2009

Sir Duncan Nichol CBE has recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. A former Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir Duncan takes over his new UKAS position from Professor Colin Dennis, who stepped down in October 2009.

Sir Duncan’s career began in the health service, where he rose to become Chief Executive of the NHS Management Executive, a post he held between 1989 and 1994. He later became a Professional Fellow at the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management at the University of Manchester and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Salford University.

Keen to maintain his connections with the UK’s healthcare system, Sir Duncan served as a Non-Executive Director of BUPA between 1994 and 2002. Before taking up his new position at UKAS, Sir Duncan was Chairman of the Clinical Pathology Accreditation for nine years. He is also currently a Non-Executive Director of the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Paul Stennett, UKAS Chief Executive said: “UKAS is delighted to welcome on board Sir Duncan Nichol, who brings with him many years of expertise in both healthcare and management. As UKAS moves forward establishing accreditation in the healthcare arena, his experience and knowledge will be invaluable.”

Sir Duncan Nichol said “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to further help the UK healthcare system deliver world-class care. UKAS is at the forefront of delivering quality assurance in healthcare, as it has in many other areas, and I am looking forward to being a part of this vital work.”