• Prerana Issar studied in India and spent more than 14 years in senior HR roles at Unilever
  • She has worked at the United Nations World Food Programme since 2013, based in Rome

NHS Improvement has appointed a director at the United Nations World Food Programme as its new chief people officer, it has been revealed.

Prerana Issar is currently director of public-private partnerships at the United Nations World Food Programme. She previously worked as the humanitarian organisation’s chief HR officer for four years.

She will start her NHS role at the beginning of April and will initially be commuting from Rome. 

Before joining the United Nations, Ms Issar worked for Unilever in its London office for seven years in various senior roles, including heading up HR for its food division and as leadership and talent director for global functions and food solutions.

She also spent seven years at Unilever India in HR managerial roles and studied at Delhi University. 

NHS Improvement announced its intention to create the chief people officer role last year and called on trusts to improve their workforce planning for the year ahead.