Chris Ham took up his post as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in April 2010.
He has been professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham, England, since 1992. From 2000 to 2004 he was seconded to the Department of Health where he was director of the strategy unit, working with Ministers on NHS reform.
Chris is the author of 20 books and numerous articles about health policy and management. His work focuses on the use of research evidence to inform policy and management decisions in areas such as health care reform, chronic care, primary care, integrated care, performance improvement and leadership.
Chris has advised the WHO and the World Bank and has served as a consultant to governments in a number of countries. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Royal College of General Practitioners, an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey.
In 2004 he was awarded a CBE for his services to the National Health Service.
Chris co-authored the Nuffield report: Commissioning integrated care in a liberated NHS (Sep 2011), the second in a series that Nuffield Trust is publishing as part of its research project: The quest for efficiency in the English NHS. He also presented at the Nuffield Trust's Annual Health Strategy Summit 2009.