Chris HopsonChief Strategy Officer, NHS England
Chris took up the post of Chief Strategy Officer on 13 June 2022.
Previously, for ten years, he was Chief Executive at NHS Providers, following a career spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Between 2005 and 2012, Chris worked at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), initially as board level communications and marketing director, where he led the communications function during the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise, and then strategy and capability director. In his last role, as HMRC’s customer contact director, he led 12,500 staff across 300 locations, in one of the UK’s largest customer service businesses.
Before joining HMRC, Chris was board level corporate affairs director at Granada Media where he was one of the senior team that took Granada from being the fifth largest ITV franchise, through four mergers and acquisitions, to a separately quoted, newly floated, FTSE 100 international media company: ITV plc. Chris has been a Ministerial Special Adviser, and a communications consultant.
Chris is a graduate of the cross-Whitehall, civil service, High Potential Development Scheme, designed to identify and develop the next generation of top civil service leaders, and he holds an MBA from Cranfield Business School. He has held a range of non-executive roles including, currently, membership of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Standards Policy and Strategy Committee which oversees BSI’s role as the UK’s national standards body.
Between 2005 and 2011, Chris was chair of the Foyer Federation, a UK national youth charity supporting homeless 16 to 25 year olds.