Press release

John Burdett confirmed as Audit Committee Chair of Health Education England

John Burdett has today been confirmed as Non Executive Director of Health Education England with responsibility for Chairing the Audit Committee.

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Mr Burdett, an experienced Audit Chair and Non-Executive Director, will join Health Education England, the new organisation that will provide national leadership to the new system of education and training in healthcare, when it is established on 28 June 2012. This new system will give employers greater responsibility and accountability for planning and developing the workforce, within a national framework that is professionally informed and underpinned by strong academic links.

Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of Health Education England said:

“I am delighted to announce John Burdett’s appointment as Audit Committee Chair of Health Education England.  He is committed to NHS Values and has a breadth of experience as an executive and national non-executive, including Audit Chair roles. This will equip him for this challenging role, in establishing an effective audit committee to ensure appropriate financial governance and control of education and training resources.”

John Burdett said:

“I am very much looking forward to working as part of the new HEE team to help improve the quality and value for money of health education and training.  It is an exciting opportunity for me to make use of my private and public sector experience in the development of the new education and training system.”


Notes to editors

For media enquiries please ring Sean Kenny at the Department of Health press office on 0207 210 4939.

This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Mr Burdett has declared no political activity. For further information on the process for managing public appointments visit the Public Appointments Commissioner  website.

Mr Burdett holds no other public appointments.

In due course, the Government plan to consolidate HEE by establishing it in primary legislation as a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB).  The Government intends to publish draft clauses for pre-legislative scrutiny in the second Parliamentary session.
Mr Burdetts’ appointment will be for four years and he will receive £13,137 per annum for a time commitment of 2 to 3 days a month.
For further information on i) Health Education England visit their website and ii) Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce - From Design to Delivery visit the DH website.

Published 29 June 2012