Nuffield Health announces the appointment of Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald as new chairman

Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, has today announced Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald as its new Chairman of the Board. Dr Macdonald succeeds Russell Hardy, who is stepping down after eight years as Chairman and a decade on the Nuffield Health Board.

Dr Macdonald joined the Board in January 2017 and is currently the CEO of Sunrise Senior Living UK. Macdonald has over 30 years of experience healthcare in a variety of roles.  Prior to joining Sunrise Senior Living UK, she was CEO of Acorn Care and Education, an educational and care services company for special needs children.  Before then she served 17 years with Bupa where her most recent role was Managing Director of Bupa’s UK insurance and wellbeing division. Natalie-Jane is a graduate of Glasgow University and spent eight years as a NHS hospital physician.  She has also served as a Non-Executive Director of the Private Healthcare & Information Network (PHIN).

Our CEO, Steve Gray, said: “I’m delighted with the appointment of Natalie-Jane as our new Chairman. Natalie-Jane’s expertise and experience has been evident in her role on the Board for the last three years and I have no doubt she will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Charity”.

Dr Macdonald said: “Over the past three months during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nuffield Health has demonstrated what an important role it has to play in supporting the health of the nation. I’m proud to be stepping into Russell’s shoes and excited for the opportunity to be a part of helping the Charity to deliver on its purpose, to build a healthier nation”.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been supporting the NHS by making all 31 of our hospitals available to NHS trusts across the UK. This has included making our 14 nurseries available to provide free childcare to NHS and other key workers. The agreement with the NHS has seen us reimbursed at cost meaning no profit will be made and this will be audited by external auditors.  We are also helping to keep our members and the wider public healthy, active and emotionally resilient throughout the pandemic with free online content, classes and advice as well as supporting parents with a practical guide ‘Keeping Children Happy and Positive at Home’, filled with emotional wellbeing information, advice and activities.

Last updated Wednesday 27 May 2020

First published on Wednesday 27 May 2020