NHS Property Services Ltd has welcomed the appointment of four accomplished independent Non-Executive Directors to the Board of the new company, which goes live on 1 April 2013.
NHS Property Services was set up by the Department of Health to develop and manage around 4,000 NHS assets covering estates, property and facilities, which will transfer along with more than 3,000 staff following the abolition of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts on 31 March 2013.
The new company will play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the NHS by improving patient care through the effective management of the NHS estate.
The four new Non Executive Directors bring significant expertise from the world of property, commerce and industry.
They join the other non-executives, Charles Howeson, Chair, and Peter Coates, CBE, who is the shareholder representative, on the Board.
Commenting on the appointment of the new Non Executive Directors, Charles Howeson said: “We are delighted to welcome these new Non Executive members to our Board. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience which will be invaluable to NHS Property Services Ltd as we work to enhance the experience of NHS patients by providing safe, efficient and well maintained estate, buildings and facilities.”
Simon Holden, Chief Executive of NHS Property Services, added: “Our aim is to enable better clinical services and to enhance the experience of the thousands of patients who receive NHS care in our facilities daily, ranging from GP practices to community hospitals".
“The new Non Executive Directors have extensive skills and experience which will help guide and advise us, adding commercial disciplines to our existing public sector values.”
The four newly appointed Non Executive Directors are:
Douglas Blausten has wide ranging corporate and property experience and is the Senior Partner of Cyril Leonard, a firm of Chartered Surveyors, where he is responsible for Corporate Real Estate Strategic Consultancy Services, as well as for their office in Munich and affiliate office in Paris. He has built a focused client base in the Transport, Pharmaceuticals and Power/Energy, and Environmental Services sectors in particular. He has acted and continues to act for corporations such as ALSTOM., AEA Technology plc, The New York Times, MTR Corporation of Hong Kong and Abbott Laboratories, providing corporate real estate services and strategic property planning. He has also headed real estate consultancy projects for the MOD (DARA), the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Institution (current).Douglas has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships in public companies and continues to hold the same in private companies whose activities range from real estate to financial services/wealth management. He has worked in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Russia.He is a Chairman and Trustee of a number of Charitable Trusts and Funds including the Mental Health Foundation (trustee) and was until February this year a Trustee of School Home Support. He is a member of Advisory Board of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research where he chairs the Retrofit Committee and the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board where he chairs the Development Committee.Douglas is a Past President of the Cambridge University Land Society, is Chairman of its Global Economy and European Forums and a member of the Presidents’ Council. Until the office of Commissioner was abolished by the Ministry of Justice, he was a General Commissioner of Income Taxes for over 12 years until April 2009.Douglas is married and has three children. He holds an MA from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London.Douglas will serve as Deputy to the Chair, Charles Howeson.
Chris Kane joined the BBC in January 2004 as Head of Corporate Real Estate. In 2012 he transferred to lead (part-time) BBC Commercial Projects.Under his leadership the BBC has delivered a £2bn property transformation to support the move to digital production, modernising 40% of the entire estate and delivering two million square feet of highly flexible new office and production space. A key element being the BBC’s new home in Media City UK.In 2012 he masterminded the £200m sale of the BBC’s 1m sq ft Television Centre.His long-term commitment to and enthusiasm for place making and encouraging new ways of working have been key in ensuring that all the BBC’s new workplaces will provide effective support for an increasingly agile workforce.Prior to joining the BBC, he was Vice-President of International Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company Before moving to Disney, Chris Kane was a Partner in Corporate Real Estate Services at Jones Lang Wootton.Chris Kane graduated from Trinity College Dublin, has an MBA from the Henley Management College, holds a masters in Corporate Real Estate and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Rachel Kentleton has been Director of Strategy at easyJet plc since the beginning of 2011. She is accountable for corporate strategy, investor relations and regulatory affairs. Rachel joined easyJet in 2007 as Head of Investor Relations in 2007. Prior to easyJet, Rachel worked in a number of Finance and Investor Relations roles at Unilever, Diageo and SABMiller. Rachel is a qualified accountant.
Martin West is an independent consultant in strategy, finance and governance. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Management Accountant.In addition to several years of international consulting engineering experience in Europe, the Arabian Gulf States and South East Asia, Martin was a Partner at Drivers Jonas LLP the chartered surveyors for five years and most recently, a Director in the Corporate Finance function at Deloitte LLP.He has held a number of non-executive positions in the healthcare, affordable housing and IT sectors. He is an experienced Chair of Audit (at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and has been an adviser to, or member of, the audit committee at Ashley House plc, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Network Housing Group. Martin has been a member of the Department of Health’s Foundation Trust Financing Facility Credit Committee and a Director of the trading subsidiary at a London Foundation Trust.
Charles stepped down as Chair of the South West Strategic Health Authority to take up the new role with NHS Property Services Ltd. He brings extensive commercial and public sector experience, having also chaired First Great Western Trains Advisory Board, the UK Seafish Industry Authority, and the Consumer Council for Water in the western region. He chairs the board of the Rowe Group and is the regional chairman of Coutts and Co bankers. He also chairs the Plymouth Area Business Council. In 2009 he was appointed as chairman of the South West Strategic Health Authority, overseeing a £10.6 billion NHS budget for the region.
Charles was educated at Uppingham and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He served in the navy from 1968 to 1990, and now holds the rank of Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Peter Coates is currently Senior Responsible Officer, PCT Estate Programme at the Department of Health.
Peter joined the Department of Health in 1997 and became Commercial Director in 2008.
He joined from the Treasury as head of its private finance team, with responsibility for oversight of the procurement of the £11billion PFI programme. He also led the introduction of LIFT into the NHS in 2001. LIFT is a programme using joint venture structures to modernise the primary care infrastructure on a geographical basis. Since its introduction, over £2 billion has so far been invested in over 200 primary care buildings in more than 40 communities across England.
He also led the Department’s creation of NHS Shared Business Services Ltd, the public/private 50/50 joint venture with Steria to provide financial and other support services to the NHS which now has a turnover of £85m. He acquired responsibility for procurement policy and responsibility for the NHS Supply Chain contract over 2 years ago.
He is lead on the sale of PRUK Ltd, a Department of Health owned company that collects blood plasma in the USA and fractionates it at a factory in the UK. Around 50% of the £150m turnover is sold on world markets.
NHS Property Services Ltd is a private limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health. It will own the legal title to assets worth £5 billion and will employ more than 3,000 staff across England.
It was set up to manage the estate that was previously managed by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). PCTs are to be abolished from 31 March 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
The company will run and manage the estate on behalf of the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups. This covers some 4,000 properties, mainly small health centres and administration buildings, but where no clear majority owner of community and other larger facilities cannot be established, NHS Property Services Ltd will act as landlord.
The new company will play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the NHS.
Core functions will include strategic estates management, property management, operational estates management, facilities management and dedicated back office support.
As experts in healthcare infrastructure, NHS Property Services Ltd will support quality improvement, innovation and efficiency, working closely with the National Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups, the NHS Trust Development Authority and other partners.
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