We are pleased to announce David Walker is set to become the next chair of Oxford Health NHS FT, when the current chair Martin Howell, who has served since 2010, completes his final term of office at the end of March 2019. David will start attending our Board meetings in January 2019, to ensure a smooth transition before taking up his appointment as chair on 1 April 2019.

Currently, David is deputy chair of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a member of the Centre for Mental Health’s Commission for Equality in Mental Health. His professional career spans journalism, research, marketing and public affairs.

Benefiting the people we serve

In response to the appointment by our Council of Governors, David said: “The NHS faces some great challenges and opportunities, not least here in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and BANES. I’m really looking forward to taking up my new role next year and know that Oxford Health will continue to contribute strongly to the health and care system across our region, and always to the benefit of the people we serve.”

A warm welcome

Chair of Oxford Health Martin Howell said: “Knowing that I am completing my third and final term as chair, in line with our constitution, I am pleased to be able to welcome a successor who brings considerable Board level experience to Oxford Health. I am confident that David has the leadership and skills to guide our organisation and I wish him every success in his future role.”