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Audit Commission Chairman and NHS Trust Chair to join private sector ‘advisory board’

2nd February 2010

Chairman of the Audit Commission, Michael O’Higgins, and Chair of the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Alan Edwards are to join an advisory board for health management consultancy Finnamore.

The two top-ranking public sector executives will join business tycoon Rosaleen Blair to advise the company’s directors on predicting the health sector’s forthcoming priorities and requirements, and advise on a growth strategy for the rapidly expanding company. 

Finnamore, which recently merged three consultancies together creating the largest specialist healthcare management consultancy in the UK, will now draw on the expertise of the advisory board members to bring a more client-focussed approach to its services.

In addition to advising on the NHS’ forthcoming requirements, the advisory board will also offer guidance on private sector business methods and practices, restructuring, and will provide neutral viewpoints on key business decisions.

Advisory Board member Michael O Higgins has been Chairman of the Audit commission for three years, is a non-executive director of HM Treasury, Trustee of the National Centre for Social Research, and a member of the Cabinet Secretary’s Capability Review Moderation Panel. 'Michael was also previously a Managing Partner and Board member at PA Consulting, where he led their Government and IT Consulting Groups.

He will work alongside Alan Edwards, who previously worked as a management consultant and Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, before becoming Chair of the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Also joining them on the board will be Rosaleen Blair, an entrepreneur and business magnate.  Blair was credited with building recruitment consultancy Alexander Mann Solutions into an international business with a turnover of over £350m per year.  She was named Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year 2007, and Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 by Ernst & Young. 

Alan Edwards said of the Advisory Board: Alan Edwards said of the Advisory Board: “Balancing quality of care, with demand and cost is going to be a huge focus for the NHS over the next decade. To deliver that balance we need to work in partnership with specialists that understand the NHS culture and know how to implement new solutions that are in tune with our way of working.

“There is a real opportunity for innovation and new ideas to help us deliver real and sustainable beneficial change.”
During June 2009 Finnamore Management Consultants and The Health Works merged, then acquired commercial change management consultancy, The Change Works.

Managing director, John Deverill, explained: “With the merger we brought one small and two medium-sized consultancies together to make the largest specialist health management consultancy in the UK.

“As a board, we now have a massive increase in staff and a vast range of different areas of expertise available.  As a result, we are able to branch out with the services we can offer our NHS clients and are subsequently keen to establish ourselves as a key player in the healthcare market as quickly as possible.

“We have managed to attract three of the most highly respected, qualified and well-connected public sector executives and businesspeople in the country for the Advisory Board.  Their involvement in the company will give us valuable advice and direction as to where the NHS is going and how we can adapt to meet its needs.”

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