• Five senior leaders who will head up London’s integrated care systems announced by NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Penny Dash, who works for McKinsey and was previously head of strategy at the DH, among those appointed

The five chairs who will lead London’s integrated care systems have been revealed by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Sir David Sloman, director of the regulators’ London region, announced non-executive chairs for all the capital’s sustainability and transformation partnerships and its one ICS, in south east London, on Thursday.

The appointments are:

  • North Central London: Mike Cooke, who retired as Camden Council chief executive last year.
  • North East London: Marie Gabriel, chair of East London and Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trusts, and a long-term leader in education, health and voluntary sectors, and champion of race equality.
  • North West London: Penny Dash, head of healthcare for Europe at management consultancy firm McKinsey and Co, and formerly a head of strategy at the Department of Health.
  • South East London: Richard Douglas, former director general for finance at the Department of Health, and a non-executive director of NHS Improvement nationally.
  • South West London: Millie Bannerjee, a long-time leader in the public sector in London, and currently chair of NHS Blood and Transplant.

The appointments include two people — Ms Gabriel and Ms Bannerjee — with a black and minority ethnic background. This increases the previously paltry level of BME representation in STP/ICS senior leadership; which as of last summer included only one system chair or executive lead out of 76 in place.

Sir David said in a statement: “These five outstanding leaders will help improve care for all Londoners by organising health and social care services that work best for patients, regardless of organisational boundaries.”

Ray Puddifoot, London Councils’ executive member for health and care, said: “This is an important step towards ensuring all Londoners have access to more seamless local services [which are] improving their health, care and wellbeing.”

The statement said: ”The formation of Integrated Care Systems was a key commitment from the NHS Long Term Plan. By April 2021 ICSs will cover the whole country.”