Sir David Behan – the current chair of Health Education England – has been appointed as chairman of Britain’s largest care home provider, HC-One.

The former Care Quality Commission chief executive, who joined the care home company as a non-executive director in November 2018, will continue in his role as HEE chair

Sir David, who left the CQC in July 2018, is also an associate non-executive director of NHS Improvement.

He will take up the HC-One role on 31 October.

He said: “Throughout my time on HC-One’s board I have been repeatedly impressed by the commitment of HC-One colleagues to making sure residents are safe, happy and well cared for. The organisation is focussed on becoming the first choice care provider for residents and colleagues.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed chairman and look forward to continuing to work with the board and senior management team so that HC-One continues to deliver its ambition of becoming the best care company based on the value of kindness. My personal passion for safe, effective and high-quality care will remain a top priority.”

Prior to joining the CQC, Sir David was a director general for social care at the Department of Health, and a director of social services for the London Borough of Greenwich.