Sir Neil McKay

Sir Neil McKay is a former Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Health, Chair of the NHS Operational Board, Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Chief Executive of the East of England Strategic Health Authority. Neil is currently an Associate Partner of GE Healthcare Finnamore. Having started his career in the NHS in 1970 as a trainee administrator, Neil carried out a number of roles within the Northern Region, including hospital administrator for Dryburn Hospital, Durham.

In 1976 he moved to the St George's Hospital Group in London where he undertook a variety of jobs including the commissioning of the first phase of the new St George's Hospital. He also worked for the Wandsworth Health Authority for some years where amongst other things he was responsible for the management of mental health services and services for people with learning difficulties in the Boroughs of Wandsworth and Merton. In 1985 he became the first general manager at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and in 1988 he became the general manager of the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

In 1990 Neil led the hospital to become one of the first wave Trust hospitals in England. He was the Chief Executive for the Northern General Hospital NHS Trust until 1996, when he became the Regional Director for the Trent Region. In January 2000 Neil was appointed Deputy Chief Executive for the NHS Executive. Following Nigel Crisp's appointment as Chief Executive / Permanent Secretary in November 2000, Neil became Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Health and Chaired the NHS Operational Board. He became Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2002.

Neil was appointed as Chief Executive of the East of England Strategic Health Authority in November 2006.

In 2000, Neil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Sheffield. He was made a C.B. for services in the NHS in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2001. He was knighted in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.

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