National Voices’ chief executive to step down

Fri, 14 September 2018

National Voices’ chief executive Jeremy Taylor has announced his intention to step down in early 2019. The former senior civil servant took on the role in 2009 shortly after the charity umbrella was formed, and he has grown its reputation as a strong and independent champion for patients, carers and the voluntary sector.

In a statement, Jeremy Taylor said:

“I am proud to have helped build National Voices as a respected and influential national charity coalition, speaking up for person-centred care, patient and public involvement and the role of the voluntary sector. While more needs to be done, these causes are now far more mainstream than when we started. After nine years, I feel that I have achieved what I set out to do, and I now want to move on and try new things. Organisations benefit from refreshed leadership and it feels right that others should now take National Voices forward.  

“I have been lucky to enjoy one of the best jobs in the charity sector. We have a strong team, a smart board, engaged members and an inspiring mission. I am confident that under my successor, we will continue to do great work for patients and carers."

Hilary Newiss, chair of National Voices’ board of trustees said:

“Jeremy has made a huge contribution to National Voices and he will be a hard act to follow. I am sorry he is leaving but grateful for all the work he has done to put us on the map and secure our reputation and influence.”

National Voices will be launching the recruitment of a successor shortly. Jeremy has agreed to stay on meantime to ensure that National Voices delivers on its current commitments, to help the trustees with a review of longer-term strategy, and ensure a smooth succession.

National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities in England, has worked with successive governments to ensure that the interests of patients, carers and the voluntary sector are better reflected throughout law, policy, regulation, research, service design and clinical practice.

The charity helped to influence the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, the 2014 Care Act and the NHS Five Year Forward View. National Voices’ definition of integrated care from the point of the patient was officially adopted by the NHS and wider health and care system in 2013. Jeremy has featured annually since 2011 in the Health Service Journal’s list of 100 most influential people in health.

The charity works closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, the NHS Leadership Academy and a large range of other organisations in health and care.