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Professional Standards Authority announces appointment of new Chair

George Jenkins OBE has been appointed by the Privy Council as Chair of the Professional Standards Authority from January 2016. He succeeds Baroness Pitkeathley who is standing down after seven years leading the Authority through significant change and development.

George Jenkins has been Chairman of Dover Harbour Board since 1 January 2013. He also serves as Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He recently stood down as the Deputy Chair and Chair of Governance and Audit of NHS Blood and Transplant.

Previously he was Chairman of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, Interim Chairman of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, and Chairman of East Kent Hospitals Trust. He was Chairman of the Medway Dock Labour Board, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of The Transit Group and has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the ports industry.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Jenkins said, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Authority’s Board at an exciting time, developing and evolving governance and regulation for the benefit of health and care provision. I look forward to working with a great team, with patients and the public at the heart of all we do’.

Harry Cayton, chief executive, welcomed Mr Jenkin’s appointment, ‘we all look forward to working with our new Chair to take the Authority forward. He brings a range of business, regulatory and healthcare experience which will be particularly valuable as the Authority becomes more independent’.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care 

Christine Braithwaite
020 7389 8039

Reception: 020 7389 8030

Notes to the Editor

1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.

2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.

3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.

4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.

5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.

7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at