The South London Health Innovation and Education Cluster has appointed Paul Lincoln, the chief executive of the National Heart Forum, as its chairman.

Mr Lincoln has almost three decades’ experience in public health at local, national and international levels in the public and third sector.

As well as his responsibilities at the NHF, Mr Lincoln works as an adviser to the World Health Organisation and is a member of several public health advisory groups.

He was also awarded an OBE in the 2008 New Year Honours List for services to healthcare.

He said: “I look forward to working with members of the South London HIEC to help realise the benefits of collaborative working to improve healthcare.”

The HIEC, a £1 million a year government funded network of around 30 organisations, is focused on enhancing patient care in diabetes, infection prevention and control, mental health, stroke and by establishing excellent joint working across south London.

Its guiding principle is that by working closer together, organisations can share knowledge and best practice, and develop new initiatives that bring real benefits to healthcare provision in south London.