Two new appointments to the Board

Neil Sachdev

Neil Sachdev

by Jeremy Peters

The following two appointments to the company’s Board of Directors have been announced.

Neil Sachdev – Non-Executive Director

Bringing a wealth of experience in leading and delivering change in the property, retail and wider business sector, Neil replaces Rachel Kentleton, who served on the Board from 1 April 2013 to October 2014.

Neil (pictured, top) joined Tesco plc in 1978, rising to the position of Property Director, before joining J Sainsbury plc as Commercial Director in March 2007. He was subsequently appointed Property Director in June 2010, a position he held until leaving J Sainsbury plc in March 2014.

Commenting on his appointment, Neil said: “I am aware that, in its first 19 months, NHS Property Services has made huge progress in developing more modern facilities for the NHS, disposing of surplus properties, improving facilities management services, and delivering real cost savings and efficiencies. I am excited to be joining the company and I look forward to playing a role in its continued development as a business.”

Robin Williams, NHS Property Services Chairman, said: “I am pleased to welcome Neil to the company. His track record and business/property experience add significant strength to our Board, which will be helpful as we take on the challenges ahead.”

Neil holds a number of other senior appointments. He is Chairman of Market Tech Limited (Camden Market) and Martins Properties (Chelsea Limited), and is a Non-Executive Director of Intu Properties plc and Medico-Dental Holdings Limited. He was also Chairman of the Institute of Grocery Distribution until April 2014. Neil is a visiting professor at Salford University and sits on the Board of Grantham Institute at Imperial College, London.

Pat Mills – Shareholder Representative Director

Pat MillsPat Mills, Commercial Director at the Department of Health, has been appointed as NHS Property Services’ Shareholder Representative Director. (NHS Property Services is a limited company, with the Secretary of State for Health as its sole shareholder.)

Pat took up his appointment on 5 January 2015. A former partner at Accenture, the global consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, he brings wide-ranging commercial experience from working with many different industries and sectors.

Pat replaces Peter Coates, who retired in the autumn.