NHS Improvement Chairman Joins our Board

Ed Smith

by Jeremy Peters

Ed Smith has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at NHS Property Services.

The Chairman of NHS Improvement – the new organisation set up in April 2016 that brings together Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority – is also former deputy chairman of NHS England.

Ed has held a number of high-profile senior leadership roles in international business. He had a successful 30-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), holding many leading Board and top client roles in the UK and globally: Senior Partner, Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman.

Ed is currently the lead Non-Executive Director for the Department for Transport, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Birmingham, a member of the Competition and Markets Authority panel and Treasurer of Chatham House.

Ian Ellis, Chairman of NHS Property Services, said: “It is exciting to have someone with Ed’s experience join NHS PS at such an important stage in the company’s transformation. We are part way through an ambitious journey of change, and Ed’s professional knowledge of the NHS and wider business will be invaluable.

“I know he is really looking forward to joining the company. He can see that we are focused on adding and realising value to the NHS, which is facing huge pressures on cost and resources. We are providing the facilities that the NHS needs to deliver new models of care at the same time as raising capital for investment and driving real efficiencies.”

Ed said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board to support the important work NHS Property Services continues to do to create value from the NHS estate and to work with colleagues from across the health and care system to provide the right environment for patients and the public.”


Notes to editors
  • NHS Property Services is a limited company, wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health.
  • NHS Property Services is responsible for managing 4,000 NHS buildings, worth an estimated £3 billion. This represents 10 per cent of the overall NHS estate and is one of the largest property portfolios in Europe.
  • The company aims to drive efficiency in order to offer occupiers, tenants and customers reduced costs in running properties and related services. Every pound saved by the company is returned to the NHS.
  • NHS Property Services has already achieved substantial savings for the NHS through the application of professional expertise to its estate. Since launch in April 2013 the company has driven down running costs for tenants from £846 million to £735 million, a saving of £111 million over three years. In the same period it disposed of 223 surplus sites deemed surplus by the NHS, releasing £152 million back to the NHS front line. Rationalisation of facilities management contracts from 2,300 to just 20 saves £15 million annually.
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