UK-Med announces new Chair

We are delighted to announce that Sir John Oldham has been appointed as the new Chair of UK-Med from 3 January 2023. Sir John will take over from founder Professor Tony Redmond in the role.

John is a GP by background who qualified at Manchester Medical School in 1978 and worked across various teaching hospitals culminating as a GP trainee in inner city Manchester.

John has taken several strategic and advisory roles as National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Department of Health; member of the National Quality Board responsible for setting the strategic direction for quality and safety in the NHS; Chair of Primary Care at the Global Health Forum and Chair of Independent Commission on Whole Person Care.

He is a published author and has written numerous articles on quality improvement and large system change. He is also an adjunct professor of Global health Innovation at Imperial College London, and most recently senior independent Director on the Board of the Care Quality Commission England. In 2000, he received an OBE for services to patients and in 2003 was awarded a knighthood for services to the NHS.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sir John as Chair of the Board at an important time for UK-Med. It is fantastic that we can attract prominent figures such as John. We look forward to working with him in the next phase of our work. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Professor Tony Redmond for his tireless work and who will be taking on the new role of Ambassador. David Wightwick, CEO.

Speaking following his appointment, Sir John says of his predecessor “The idea that Tony had in the 80s was before its time and a piece of brilliance. To grow from there into the organisation it is today is a wonderful achievement”. He continues “Both UK-Med and the country owe him a debt of gratitude, and I’m really pleased he will be maintaining an ambassadorial role”.  Of his approach for his tenure, he says “In my very different clinical roles I’ve always sort to enact the same values of UK-Med: excellence, determination, collaboration, compassion and learning. My one constant is that a service organisation is the people who work for it. The staff’s fulfilment and contentment determine the efficiency and efficacy of any organisation, so that will be my key focus during my tenure.”


  • Sunitha Puthucode-Easwaran

    Reply 30th January 2023 10:35 pm

    Sir Tony can hopefully relax and take great pride in the wonderful legacy he has created to help so many people. Congratulations and relax if possible!
    Sunitha Puthucode-Easwaran, UK-MED member

  • Sunitha Puthucode-Easwaran

    Reply 30th January 2023 10:36 pm

    Welcome Sir John and hope to see u sometime soon.
    Sunitha Puthucode-Easwaran

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