• Four new non-executive directors for NHS Improvement from retail, private equity and hospital leadership sectors
  • National role for Frimley Health boss Sir Andrew Morris
  • Lord Carter and Lord Darzi re-appointed to non-executive positions

A former hospital boss and US health chief are among four new non-executive directors appointed to the board of NHS Improvement this morning.

Sir Andrew Morris, the former chief executive of Frimley Health Foundation Trust, will join Lord Ara Darzi and Lord Patrick Carter who have been re-appointed to the board of the provider trust regulator.

Sir Andrew, who is due to step down from leading the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, is one of four new appointees as the terms of previous non-executive directors expired.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity and private equity boss Wol Kolade is another appointee, alongside former Tesco.com chief executive Laura Wade-Gery and Massachussetts General Physicians Organisation chief executive, Tim Ferris.

All six will serve three year terms as NHSI makes some moves towards integrating with NHS England, which commissions the services provided by the bodies NHSI regulates.

The terms of Sigurd Reinton and Sarah Harkness have now ended.

Mr Kolade is a former chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

Ms Wade-Gery is a non-exec director of the John Lewis Partnership, property developers British Land and a member of the Government Digital Services’ advisory board.

Dr Ferris was formely senior vice president of population health management at Partners Healthcare in Boston.

NHSI’s chair said in a statement she hoped the appointments would help create “coherent” system leadership.

Baroness Dido Harding said: “I am confident that each appointee will bring their unique expertise to enhance our oversight of NHS Improvement, while complementing the contributions of our existing members.

“As NHS Improvement continues to work at pace with NHS England to develop coherent system leadership across the NHS, alongside the development of the 10 year plan for the NHS, their input will be invaluable.”

NHSI’s board is due to meet next Thursday.