New chief executive of King’s Fund named

The King’s Fund has announced that Richard Murray will take over as chief executive after Chris Ham steps down at the end of this year.

Murray is currently director of policy at the think tank. Before joining the organisation in 2014, he was chief analyst at NHS England. He also held positions at the Department of Health, including senior economic adviser and director of strategy.

Commenting on the new appointment, Christopher Kelly, the chair of The King’s Fund board of trustees, said: ‘[Murray] has made a significant contribution to the Fund’s work as director of policy and his knowledge and understanding of the health and care system is second to none. I am confident that he will build on the Fund’s achievements in recent years.’

Murray, who takes up his role in January, added: ‘With the health and care system facing significant challenges, our role in providing high-quality, independent policy analysis and supporting leaders has never been more vital.’

Ham, who was chief executive for eight years, announced in March that he was stepping down.