New health leaders appointed for Lancashire and South Cumbria


Four new executive leaders have been appointed to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) as the organisation set to develop health and care services across the region from later this year continues to strengthen its leadership team.

These appointments are made subject to the passage of the Health and Care Bill through parliament, which aims to establish the ICB as a statutory body from 1 July 2022. The appointments come soon after Kevin Lavery, an experienced CEO with public and private sector experience in the UK and overseas, recently began his role as chief executive.

Dr David Levy, the current North West regional medical director for NHS England, has been appointed as chief medical officer; James Fleet joins from the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust as chief people officer; chief nursing officer will be Sarah O’Brien, who will join from the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership where she is currently executive director of strategy and system development; and Sam Proffitt, the current director of provider sustainability for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, will become chief finance officer.

David Flory CBE, the ICB chair designate for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “I am extremely proud to announce the designate appointment to four leadership roles for the NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The calibre of leadership, experience and expertise of David, Sarah, James and Sam sets a high standard and demonstrates our ambition in Lancashire and South Cumbria to improve health and care and develop strong partnerships which help to reduce health inequalities. I look forward to them joining over the coming weeks.

“The announcement of these new appointments coincides with Kevin Lavery, our new chief executive designate, starting in post and I am sure under his leadership and with the knowledge, experience and skill of our new executive team, we will soon begin to see improvements in the way we deliver health and care services for people in our area.”

The NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB is set to be established in July 2022.

The purpose of this new organisation will be to:

  • Improve outcomes (population health and care)
  • Tackle inequalities in outcomes and access
  • Enhance productivity and value for money
  • Support broader social economic development

More information is available about each of our new executive team at:

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