• Richard Murray will succeed Chris Ham in January 2019
  • He has spent five years as policy director for the think tank

Richard Murray has been appointed chief executive of The King’s Fund.

Mr Murray will succeed current chief executive Professor Chris Ham, who will leave the think tank at the end of 2018.

After five years as director of policy, Mr Murray said he was “thrilled” to be taking the role in January.

He said: “It will be a privilege to continue working with such a talented group of people and to lead such a great organisation.

“With the health and care system facing significant challenges, our role in providing high quality, independent policy analysis and supporting leaders has never been more vital.”

Christopher Kelly, chairman of The King’s Fund’s board of trustees, said he is confident Mr Murray will build on the think tank’s achievements in recent years and that the organisation will go “from strength to strength”.

“He has made a significant contribution to the fund’s work as director of policy and his knowledge and understanding of the health and care system is second to none,” Sir Christopher said.

Before joining The King’s Fund in 2014, Mr Murray was chief analyst at NHS England and held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including senior economic adviser and director of strategy.