New Chairman announced

by Jeremy Peters

Ian Ellis has been appointed as the new Chairman of NHS Property Services and joins the company on Monday 14 March.

Ian brings significant property expertise, having worked in the real estate industry for 42 years. His executive career included an equity partnership in Richard Ellis (now CBRE) where his final role was Head of the Investment Management division, leaving in 1998 to join the founding management team of Trillium, the first integrated real estate, construction and facilities management business in the UK.

Ian then became Chief Executive of Land Securities Trillium following the acquisition of Trillium by Land Securities and was also appointed a main board director of Land Securities plc. Following the sale of Trillium to Telereal in 2009 he took on the role of Executive Chair of Telereal Trillium, becoming a Non Executive Director on that board in 2014. He is also Chair of Arcus Solutions Ltd and an Independent Director of Portman Settled Estates. He sits on the real estate advisory boards of Kings College London and the Natural History Museum.

Ian said: “NHS Property Services can make a significant contribution to an improved and more accessible NHS. At the same time it can provide a more cost effective, sustainable estate in more patient friendly locations, whilst releasing surplus land and buildings to generate capital receipts and sites for housing and other economically beneficial purposes.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair such an exciting business and to utilise my many years of experience in the real estate, construction and FM services industries for the benefit of such an important organisation.”

Health Minister David Prior said: “The Government wants the NHS to become more efficient and use its resources as effectively as possible, including the use of its land and buildings which is the most significant asset that it owns. I’m confident that this strong appointment will further enhance NHS Property Services’ ability to deliver real benefits to the NHS and patients.”

Ian takes over the role from Robin Williams, who leaves at the end of March.

Robin said: ”We have achieved much in the past two years, with new executive and non-executive capability in place, the disposal programme of vacant properties‎ and cost savings continuing and the rationalisation of our FM supplier base largely done. We have a clear three year plan and Ian and the company have my best wishes and keen continuing interest in delivering it.”

Elaine Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I would like to thank Robin for his significant contribution to NHS Property Services and to welcome Ian on board.”