Health Education England (HEE) has appointed Sir David Behan as its new chair.
He will stay in the role for three years, starting on 1 December and succeeding Sir Keith Pearson, who has been HEE chair since the organisation was first established in 2013.
With 40 years of experience in health and social care, some of Sir David’s previous roles include chief executive at the Care Quality Commission and director general of social care, local government and care partnerships at the Department of Health.
HEE chief executive Professor Ian Cumming said: ‘I am delighted that Sir David will be joining us. I am personally looking forward to working with and learning from Sir David as he joins HEE as he brings his experience and leadership to bear on dealing with the workforce challenges and opportunities that will be outlined in the forthcoming long-term plan we are working with colleagues across the system to create.
‘I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sir Keith Pearson who has been our chair since HEE was established in 2013.
‘He has provided the guidance and leadership that has seen us grow as an organisation, putting us in such a strong position to face the future providing the workforce that the NHS and patients will need today and tomorrow.’