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Chris Ham

Chris Ham

Born (1951-05-15) 15 May 1951 (ageĀ 68)
OtherĀ namesPolitical scientist (public health policy)
OccupationChief executive of the King's Fund

Professor Sir Chris Ham (born 15 May 1951),[1] CBE is a health policy academic who started life as a political scientist. He was chief executive of the King's Fund from 2010 to 2018. He was professor of health policy and management at University of Birmingham's health services management centre from 1992 to 2010. He was seconded to the Department of Health where he was Director of the Strategy Unit working with Alan Milburn and John Reid until 2004.[2]

He was said to be "unrivalled in his ability to distil and synthesise complex policy developments and present them in a clear and digestible manner for non-specialists" in 1999.[3] He is frequently called upon to chair large conferences on health policy in England.

He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 38th most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013.[4]

In the June 2018 Birthday Honours he was appointed a CBE for his services.

He was appointed as independent chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire sustainability and transformation partnership in January 2019.[5]


  • Transforming the Delivery of Health and Social Care: The Case for Fundamental Change with Anna Dixon and Beatrice Brooke, 2012
  • Commissioning integrated care in a liberated NHS, 2011
  • Health policy in Britain (6 Editions)
  • The Politics of NHS Reform, 1988-97: Metaphor or Reality?, 2000
  • Management and Competition in the NHS, 1997
  • The Policy Process in the Modern Capitalist State, with Michael Hill (Jan 1993)


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. Prof Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund, 62
  2. ^ "Chris Ham (1992-2010)". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Distilled, aged and distinctive". Health Service Journal. 11 November 1999. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  4. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  5. ^ "King's Fund chief to chair STP". Health Service Journal. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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