As their new chair, John will provide independent leadership across the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly system as it also moves towards status as an Integrated Care System (ICS). In an integrated care system, NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve.
His appointment follows an open selection process involving a wide range of local and regional stakeholders, including NHS England and NHS Improvement.
John Govett said: “I am very much looking forward to working together with colleagues from across the NHS, local authority, primary care, voluntary organisations and communities to put in place those joined up health and care services that we know people want.
“I have dedicated the latter part of my career to both; helping people transform their lives and helping leadership teams to do extraordinary things.”
“As independent chair, focus will be on promoting system-working and ensuring that we develop and deliver our key objectives with the money we have to spend; through collaborative working, agreeing system priorities and providing strategic clarity while enabling innovation and change locally.”
John’s family roots are in the south west. He brings a broad range of experience to the role; as chairman, group CEO, and in several non-executive board capacities. He has worked in the NHS, local government, at the heart of central government as well as significant Board level experience in the private, voluntary and charity sectors.
Jackie Pendleton, chief officer, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am delighted to welcome John Govett to our system. This is the next step in the journey for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Integrated Care system.
“It’s great to have a genuinely independent chair on board to challenge us to deliver what we promise and John’s experience and insights will help us to meet our ambitions and deliver integrated services focused on the local people we serve.”
His appointment as chair coincides with his family’s decision to relocate earlier this year back to the west country.
Elizabeth O’Mahony, NHS England and NHS Improvement South West regional director, oversaw the appointment process. She said: “I am pleased with John’s appointment to chair the local system and would like to congratulate him. He will be responsible for holding the system to account while making sure Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly achieve the ambitions they have set. John will also help to build and enhance working relationships with a wide range of local, regional and national stakeholders.”