Rima Makarem

Dr Rima Makarem

Chair, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICS

Rima took up her Chair Designate role in June 2020 and has built up a broad non-executive track record over recent years, including significant work locally, regionally, and nationally in the health and care sector. 

Rima is no stranger to NHS restructure, having been the audit chair at NHS London during the 2012 reforms, overseeing the closure of the SHA and the 32 London PCTs and the transfer of services to newly formed CCGs and NHS England. Rima initially trained as a scientist before going on to hold senior roles within management consultancy and the global pharmaceutical sector.

Other roles in her current portfolio include Chair of Sue Ryder; Lay Council member for the General Pharmaceutical Council; and Chair of Queen Square Enterprises Ltd. Rima is also the Audit Chair and an External Commissioner at the House of Commons Commission, working closely with the Speaker and the Leader of the House, and she was until recently the Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair of NICE.