Simon Stevens became CEO of NHS England on 1 April 2014. He has previously spent fifteen years working in the NHS and UK public service, and eleven years internationally. He joins NHS England from UnitedHealth Group, where as president of its global health division he has led health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East. Previously he was the organisation’s Medicare CEO, commissioning publicly-funded health care for millions of older Americans.
From 1997 to 2004 Simon was the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the UK Department of Health. Prior to that he held a number of senior NHS roles in the North East, London and the South Coast – leading acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning. Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988.
Simon currently volunteers as a member of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Fund, an international health philanthropy. He has previously also served as a trustee of the Kings Fund and a director of the Nuffield Trust, as well as a local councillor for Brixton and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.