• Jonathan Montgomery will take on role when Dame Fiona Caldicott’s term of office expires at the end of next March
  • Has previously served on local NHS Boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  • Was a member of panel of advisers to the 2015 Morecambe Bay investigation

A major teaching trust has appointed a new chair to take over when its current chair, the National Data Guardian, steps down next year

Jonathan Montgomery will become Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust’s new chair when Dame Fiona Caldicott’s term of office expires at the end of March next year.

Professor Montgomery is currently the chair of the Health Research Authority, which protects the interest of patients and public in health research, as well as professor of healthcare law at University College London.

When he takes up the chairmanship of OUHT he will step down from his post at the HRA to avoid any conflict of interest. He will remain at UCL.

Professor Montgomery said: “The NHS in Oxfordshire faces significant challenges but there are great opportunities and I am looking forward to working alongside patients, staff, and our key partners and stakeholders in the local health and care system so that together we can shape a bright future to benefit the people we serve”.

Professor Montgomery has previously served on local NHS Boards in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for two decades as well as holding the post of chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Human Genetics Commission.

He was also a member of the panel of advisers to the 2015 Morecambe Bay investigation.

This article was updated at 4.45pm on 14 December 2018 to state that Professor Montgomery will resign from his role at HRA ahead of taking on the chairmanship of OUHT.