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A Wealth of Experience

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Jin Sahota, CEO of NHS Supply Chain, welcomes the wide range of experience available to the organisation’s board following key non-executive appointments in 2018.

The year ahead

After the successful launch of the new operating model, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for NHS Supply Chain. Our priorities for the year ahead include ramping up the savings delivered, growing market share to over 50%, and working to clinically assure new and re-procured frameworks. In parallel, the business is embarking on an ambitious technology transformation programme.

To help us to deliver on these priorities I’m very pleased that we have been joined on our journey by some highly experienced board members.

Non-executive directors require a number of key characteristics. As well as a breadth and depth of executive experience, they must have an ability to remain independent and ask challenging and often difficult questions.

I’m confident that our non-executive board members display these important characteristics and will also bring a wealth of clinical, financial and commercial expertise. We are also in the process of recruiting a further non-executive with IT expertise to support our technology transformation plans.

Our new non-executive chair role

James (Jim) Spittle was appointed as our first independent non-executive Chair back in September. Jim's role as Chair will be vital in ensuring robust challenge is provided, the interests of those who benefit from the operating model are represented and providing subject matter expertise to drive the success of the new NHS Supply Chain.

Jim has enjoyed a highly successful career as a retailer for over 20 years working in retail operations, procurement and supply chains. He has worked for leading brands, spending many years with Tesco plc, before moving to Kingfisher where he spent eight years as Group Supply Chain Director.

Since 2001, he has held several executive roles and non-executive director roles, including at Cranfield University Advisory Board, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and as Chair of GS1UK.

Jim’s work with GS1 UK is a great example of the high level of experience he brings to his role with NHS Supply Chain. A global alliance that is recognised in 112 countries, GS1 UK has 28,000 member companies representing virtually every sector of the UK economy ranging from multinationals and the NHS to SMEs.

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