New Leader for Health and Care Innovation in the Region

We are pleased to announce that Professor Jonathon Gray will join the SW AHSN as Chief Executive with effect from 2 October 2017. Jonathon is a passionate leader and brings significant experience as a clinician and an academic, an executive team member, and a director of local, national and international improvement and innovation.

Most recently, Jonathon established and led Ko Awatea (Maori for ‘First Light’), an institute for health system innovation and improvement in South Auckland, New Zealand. Jonathon trained as a clinical geneticist, as a public health practitioner with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard, and as an improvement leader, through a Health Foundation Quality Improvement fellowship based at Boston with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Jonathon grew up in North Yorkshire, among steel works and the chemical industry, and was a beneficiary of a compassionate welfare state. He remains passionate about equity and a vision of establishing ‘great care everywhere’, not just in pockets.

Jonathon is taking up the Chief Executive position at the SW AHSN at a crucial time, as the AHSNs have been recognised for their important role in the health and care system, and are being relicensed by NHS England. Jonathon will bring and maintain his local, national and international links, to share the outstanding work happening in the South West, and to continually learn from international, national and local colleagues.

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