Sir Bob Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service and currently Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government has been confirmed as the new Chair for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.
Sir Bob will succeed Professor Sir George Alberti as Chair in June 2015.
Graduating with a first class degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, Sir Bob trained as an accountant and worked at the Greater London Council, the Inner London Educational Authority and the London Borough of Hounslow in finance roles before becoming Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hounslow in 1990. In 1997 he moved to take over as Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council – the fourth largest local authority in the UK.
From 2008 to 2010 Sir Bob was Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, and in September 2010 he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government. He was also Head of the Civil Service from January 2012 until September 2014. He stands down as Permanent Secretary in February of next year.
Tim Smart, Chief Executive of King’s College Hospital said: “I am delighted that King’s will be benefiting from someone of the standing of Sir Bob Kerslake. 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.”
Sir Bob Kerslake said of the appointment:
“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.”