The NHS Confederation has appointed a former chair of the National Association of Primary Care and a former NHS Direct chief executive to senior executive positions, it announced today.

The Confed said in a statement that Johnny Marshall, a GP, would take up the new role after Easter. It has also appointed Matt Tee, formerly permanent secretary for government communication, as its new operations director. He will join the Confed’s executive team at the same time as Dr Marshall.

The statement said that Dr Marshall, a Buckinghamshire GP and current member of the NAPC executive, had taken a “lead role” on behalf of the NAPC and the NHS Alliance in “establishing NHS Clinical Commissioners with the NHS Confederation as a national membership organisation for [clinical commissioning groups]”.

Mr Tee, currently managing director of communication consultancy Reputate, has previously worked as chief executive of NHS Direct, a director general at the Department of Health, and a board director at the Commission for Health Improvement. In his work as permanent secretary for government communication he directed the Central Office of Information and oversaw communications for the UK government.

In his new role he will lead the Confed’s work on member engagement, business development and communications.

NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar said: “We chose Johnny and Matt from an exceptional field of candidates and I am delighted that we have two appointees who are so well-known and respected throughout the worlds of healthcare and Whitehall.”