Philip Graf has been appointed as the new chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), taking over from Dame Janet Finch when she steps down on 1 May.
Mr Graf is currently chair of the Education Development Trust – an organisation that works with governments and schools to improve education worldwide – and an independent director of the Copyright Licensing Agency.
He has previously held posts at Ofcom, the Gambling Commission, homeless charity CRISIS and is a former CEO of Trinity Mirror, a media publisher that owns the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, among others.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Graf said: ‘This is an exciting time to join the NMC, as it looks to set the standards that will shape the nurses and midwives of the future and take on regulation of a brand new profession – nursing associates. I look forward to engaging with all our many stakeholders in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland about how the way we regulate can continue to improve protection for patients and the public.’
Chief executive of the NMC Jackie Smith described Mr Graf as a ‘worthy successor’ to Dame Janet, while also paying tribute to the outgoing chair.
She said: ‘We are indebted to Dame Janet who has led the NMC through a period of considerable progress, overseeing significant achievements, such as the introduction of revalidation, over the past three years. We wish Janet all the best for the future.’