Prof Ian Cumming

CEO, Health Education England

Biography

Professor Ian R Cumming OBE is the Chief Executive of Health Education England, a £5bn organisation that is responsible for the education, training and development of the health and healthcare workforce for England.

Ian started his career in the NHS as a Healthcare Scientist specialising in the diagnosis and monitoring of coagulation disorders. Ian moved into his first general management role in 1990.

Ian held a series of NHS Senior Management roles including Assistant Chief Executive at the North West Regional Health Authority before being appointed to his first Chief Executive job of an NHS Hospitals Trust in 1995 when, at the age of 30, he became the youngest ever Chief Executive in the NHS.

Since 1995 Ian has also been the Chief Executive of a University Teaching Hospitals Trust and a NHS Commissioning organisation before being appointed as the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority in 2009. On taking up this role, Ian also became a member of the national Management Board for the NHS in England.

In 2012 Ian was appointed as Health Education England’s first Chief Executive.

Ian was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the NHS in 2003. Ian also holds an honorary chair in Leadership and Management at Lancaster University and honorary degrees from the Lancaster, Wolverhampton, Birmingham City and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. Ian is also an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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