Baroness Dido Harding will leave her position as chair of NHS Improvement in October, HCL understands.
Having held the role since October 2017, Baroness Harding is also a Conservative peer and the wife of Conservative MP John Penrose.
During the Covid pandemic, she ran the Government’s Covid-19 test-and-trace programme, which the Government continued to defend despite receiving criticism. A House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report (March 2021) found ‘no clear evidence’ that the £22bn scheme had led to a reduction in coronavirus infections.
Baroness Harding’s resignation comes shortly after Amanda Pritchard was appointed as the new chief executive of NHS England: a role which Baroness Harding was reported to have applied for.
Before the NHS, Baroness Harding was chief executive of the TalkTalk Group.