The Department Of Health Appoints Three New Director Generals

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 09:34 GMT Jump to Comments

The Department of Health today announced three appointments to its senior team.

Dr Felicity Harvey CBE, currently Director of the Implementation Unit in the Cabinet Office, will take up the post of Director General for Public Health. She will lead the Department’s public health teams and will work closely with Public Health England, the NHS Commissioning Board and local government.

Charlie Massey, currently Director for Ageing Society and State Pensions at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), will take up the post of Director General for External Relations. He will be responsible for the Department’s relations and communications with external stakeholders – from members of the public, to health unions, to Parliament.

Karen Wheeler CBE, currently Director for the Department of Health’s transition programme, will take up the post of Director General for Group Operations and Assurance. She will be responsible for delivering change within the Department itself, human resources, corporate services and managing the overall performance and capability of our Arm’s Length Bodies.

Permanent Secretary Una O’Brien said:

“I am delighted Felicity, Charlie and Karen are joining our senior team. They will bring a huge wealth of expertise, passion and strong leadership to the Department. This now completes appointments to the Department of Health new top team, and gives us a strong base from which to support Ministers and the Government on improving health and care.”

The three Director Generals were chosen following a national open competition. The appointments have been approved by the Prime Minister and by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley. It is expected that the appointees will take up their posts shortly.

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