Sir Keith Pearson

Chairman, Health Education England

Biography

Keith was appointed as Chair of Health Education England in June 2012. He was previously Chair of the NHS Confederation and was responsible for co-chairing the Commission on improving dignity in care for older people.

Keith has held Chair appointments in the NHS dating back to 1998 when he was appointed Chair of South Somerset Primary Care Group. He later became Chair of South Somerset PCT and was Chair of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA prior to the merger in 2006. From 2006-2010, Keith was Chair of NHS East of England.
Outside Keith’s work in the NHS he is Chair of the GMC UK Revalidation Programme Board and a Trustee of the East Anglia Air Ambulance Charity. Keith has been a Magistrate since 1999 and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cambridgeshire in 2011. He is a trustee of Vivacity, Peterborough Culture and Leisure.

He is highly regarded for his healthcare expertise and knowledge gained through more than 30 years of working in the healthcare sector. Prior to coming to the NHS Keith worked with BUPA for seventeen years, five of which were based in Hong Kong as their Chief Executive. He moved on from BUPA to become Chief Executive of AON’s operations in Thailand and then in Singapore.

Keith was influential in developing the NHS Constitution. He received a Knighthood in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2010 for services to healthcare.

In 2011 Keith published his first novel, Children In Her Shadow.

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