Welsh NHS Confederation appoints new director

Darren Hughes

The Welsh NHS Confederation are pleased to announce that Darren Hughes has recently been appointed as Director.

Mr Hughes joins the Welsh NHS Confederation from the General Pharmaceutical Council where he has been Director for Wales since 2012.

The new Director comes with a wealth of experience having previously held a senior role at the General Medical Council in Wales. His career to date has meant he has worked extensively with the NHS, healthcare professionals, Government and the National Assembly.

He has also conducted research at Cardiff University looking at how organisations can work to campaign for legislative change.

Mr Hughes will take up his post on the 27th August 2019.

Speaking after his appointment Mr Hughes said: “I’m really looking forward to getting started in my new role at the Welsh NHS Confederation.

“It’s a particularly crucial time for the NHS in Wales. We’re a year into the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social care and to have the opportunity to play a role in its implementation is exciting.

“Working closely with members and colleagues at the Welsh NHS Confederation I hope that I can continue the good work already achieved and build on the progress we’ve made in taking the NHS in Wales from an acute service, to a wellness service.”

Professor Vivienne Harpwood, Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said: “Darren joins us at an important time and I’m looking forward to seeing how his experience can benefit the Welsh NHS Confederation and its members.

“With his knowldge in various aspects of the health sector, I am sure Darren will have a positive impact and help enhance the voice of the NHS leadership so that we can develop our service for the benefit of everyone in Wales.

“I know colleagues and members will join me in wishing him all the best in this role.”

The national membership body for NHS organisations in Wales has also promoted Nesta Lloyd-Jones to Assistant Director when Darren joins the organisation. Ms Lloyd-Jones has been acting as Interim Director since March and has worked for the Welsh NHS Confederation for over 5 years leading on policy and external affairs.

Nesta Lloyd-Jones said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role as Assistant Director. I look forward to working with Darren and continuing to work with our members and the team to put forward the views of NHS leaders with Welsh Government, Assembly Members and stakeholders across health and social care.”

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