• David Highton to chair Kent and Medway STP
  • Andrew Lloyd to chair Frimley ICS

Two healthcare systems in the South East have appointed independent chairs.

David Highton will chair Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, while Andrew Lloyd will chair Frimley Integrated Care System. Both appointments follow an application and selection process.

Mr Highton, who is a former trust chief executive and will continue in his role as chair of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust, will chair the STP until 31 March 2020. By then, significant changes are expected to take place within the region’s health economy, including the potential creation of a pan-Kent and Medway clinical commissioning group and ICS.

Mr Highton said: “The NHS is entering a period of big changes, with health and care organisations working closer than ever before to make sure that our community has better and more joined up care.

“It is a genuine privilege to be able [to] take on the role of chair for the STP as it works to transform the lives of the people of Kent and Medway for the better. The improvements that we are delivering will ensure we continue to have an NHS that we can be proud of and supports us and our families throughout our lives.”

Meanwhile, the timing of Mr Lloyd’s move to the ICS has not been confirmed. He is currently chair of Surrey Heath CCG and worked for many years as the chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council.