Tim Kelsey is to become the NHS Commissioning Board’s director of patient and public engagement, insight and informatics, HSJ understands.

Senior sources close to the process said Mr Kelsey, who helped transform the use of information in health as a creator of informatics firm Dr Foster, was to be given the post. Interviews were held last week.

He will be the last of the commissioning board’s national directors to be appointed.

Mr Kelsey was made an adviser on transparency in the Cabinet Office last year, and in January was confirmed as government executive director of transparency and open data. He also previously led the design and launch of NHS Choices.

He will be the only one of the board’s executive directors who does not have a background working for the NHS, and the appointment may be controversial.

The NHSCB said no appointment had been confirmed.

UPDATE 24 May: The NHSCB has confirmed Mr Kelsey as its national director for patients and information.

Its chief executive Sir David Nicholson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tim as the final member of our national director team. Tim comes to the board authority with a vast range of experience and expertise, which I know will ensure that the patient voice is at the very heart of everything that we do.”

Mr Kelsey said: “I am thrilled to be joining the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. As a new organisation, we have a huge opportunity to be truly patient-focused and clinically-led and work in new and innovative ways to deliver real improvements in patient outcomes and experience.”