Adam Doyle joins NHS Confederation board

The NHS Confederation is pleased to announce the appointment of NHS Sussex chief executive Adam Doyle to its board.

28 July 2022

The NHS Confederation is pleased to announce the appointment of NHS Sussex chief executive Adam Doyle to its board.

The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As a member-led organisation, the board of trustees plays a pivotal role in setting the Confederation’s strategic direction, monitoring the delivery of the organisation’s objectives and upholding its values and governance.

Adam Doyle takes up his position as a representative of the NHS Confederation’s ICS Network. Adam is chief executive for the Sussex Integrated Care Board, having been chief executive for the three Sussex CCGs and leader of the ICS. He started his NHS career as a physiotherapist.

NHS Confederation chair Lord Victor Adebowale said: “Adam is an exemplary leader, committed and with strong background in commissioning. He will be a real asset to our board, adding great value to our mission to speak with and represent members and work with them on the improvement of our NHS and care systems for all.”

The organisation’s 28 July board meeting was also the last for three of its board members: Sir Andrew Cash, Ruth Poole and Professor Vivienne Harpwood.

Sir Andrew Cash stands down as vice chair of the NHS Confederation after nine years on the board, including a spell as interim chair. He is a previous chair of the NHS Employers policy board and an experienced trust and ICS leader. Dame Jackie Daniel, chief executive of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed to the board in March 2022 and its new vice chair.

Ruth Poole, chief executive of Preventx, has chaired the NHS Confederation’s Subsidiary Board for five years, while Professor Vivienne Harpwood, chair of the Powys Teaching Health Board, has served on the board as a representative of the Welsh NHS Confederation since 2019.

Lord Adebowale said: “I would also like to thank Sir Andrew, Prof Vivienne and Ruth for their years of dedicated service. In particular, I would like to thank Sir Andrew for his service as vice chair, and for leading the organisation prior to my appointment. All of us at the NHS Confederation look forward to working closely when them in the future."

Background on Adam Doyle

Adam Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer for the Sussex Integrated Care Board (NHS Sussex), having worked within the Sussex system for the last six years. Adam was previously Chief Executive Officer for the three Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS East Sussex CCG and NHS West Sussex CCG - and was also the leader of the Integrated Care System until the legislative changes to how systems work came into effect on 1 July 2022. Adam has been credited with the significant turnaround of the CCGs in Sussex, having taken the previous seven CCGs in Sussex from an inadequate to good position, and has led the reshaping of the Sussex ICS to be one of the most improved systems in the country. Over this time, Adam has also led the local NHS response to COVID-19.

Adam started his NHS career as a physiotherapist and has been Chief Executive Officer of NHS Merton CCG and Director of Community Services and Private Care at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Adam is a member of Sciana: The Health Leaders Network, and is also a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.