Richard Barker


  Richard  Barker

Richard Barker

Regional Director, NHS England & NHS Improvement

Richard is the Regional Director, North East and Yorkshire, for NHS England and NHS Improvement. Prior to this, he was Regional Director for the North region of NHS England.

As part of his role Richard delivers strategic leadership and oversight of the region, working with partners to ensure strong and innovative systems that improve outcomes for patients.

Prior to his appointment to NHS England he was Chief Operating Officer for NHS North of England where he was responsible for the management of operational planning and performance, commissioning development and emergency planning and resilience.

His previous roles include:-

  • Executive Director of Operations and Performance for North East Strategic Health Authority leading the performance, commissioning and service development functions.
  • Chief Operating Officer for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, a commissioning organisation which served 700,000 population
  • Executive Director within Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals FT leading on a range of strategic and operational priorities

He commenced his NHS management career in 1984 and his early roles included senior positions at the Regional Health Authority, District Health Authorities and Hospital Management.

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