Ken Jarrold

Ken Jarrold

Ken Jarrold CBE is a writer and speaker with an interest in ethics, leadership and management, the NHS, health, social care, the third sector, politics, current affairs and history.

Ken did consultancy with the NHS, mainly coaching, from 2006 to 2022, first with Dearden and then as Director of Other People’s Shoes Ltd.

Ken was Chair of the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne, and Wear NHS Foundation Trust from 2018 to 2023, Patron of the NHS Retirement Fellowship from 2007 to 2022, and a Patron of the Cavell Nurses Trust from 2008 to 2022. Ken was Chair of the Government’s Pharmacy Rebalancing Programme Board from 2013 to 2020, Chair of Brighter Futures of Stoke on Trent from June 2016 to May 2018, Chair of the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust from December 2011 to March 2016 and Chair of the County Durham Economic Partnership from 2006 to 2012. Ken was Chair of the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group [PRLOG] from 2007 to 2009. PRLOG’s job was to oversee the establishment of the first General Pharmaceutical Council. Ken was a Non-Executive Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency from 2005 to 2009 and a member of the Board of the Child Exploitation online Protection Centre [CEOP] and Chair of the CEOP Relationship Management Committee from 2009 to 2012. Ken was an NHS Manager for 36 years.

Ken joined the NHS in 1969 as a National Administrative Trainee having been awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree in History at Cambridge University and having been President of the Cambridge Union Society. During his time as an NHS manager Ken was Director of Human Resources and Deputy to the Chief Executive of the NHS in England for three years and a Chief Executive of District, Regional and Strategic Health Authorities for 20 years. Ken held many national roles including President of the Institute of Healthcare Management, Chairman of the Working Group that produced the Code of Conduct for NHS Managers, of the Group that produced the learning materials for Managing Health and Social Services and of the National Reference Group on Health Inequalities. Ken has been an Honorary Professor of Durham, York and Salford Universities. Ken is an Honorary Doctor of the Open University.

Ken’s first book “Other People’s Shoes: 40 questions for leaders and managers” was published in 2018 and is available on Amazon. Ken’s other publications include, “Servants and Leaders” Fourth York Symposium on Health University of York 1998, “Challenges for Health Services in the 1990s” University of Southampton 1990, “Minding Our Own Business: healing division in the health service” NAHAT 1995, a chapter in Health Care Systems in Canada and the UK: can they deliver edited by Kenneth Lee 1994 and many articles in the Health Service Journal and the Hospital and Health Services Review.

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