Imperial College Healthcare appoints Jazz Thind as chief financial officer

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Jazz Thind as its permanent chief financial officer following an 11-month period as interim. Jazz has been on secondment from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust where she has been director of finance since 2016.

Jazz is a qualified accountant and first joined the NHS in 1993 following a stint at HMRC. Since then, she has taken up a number of roles covering the breadth of the finance function and has been in leadership positions across both NHS provider and commissioning organisations.

Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare, said “We are delighted to appoint Jazz permanently as our chief financial officer role. She has already made a big impact on our organisation. As well as keeping our finances and procurement on track through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, she is helping to lead our strategic financial planning for the future, taking into account a major estates redevelopment and the move to more integrated care. As would be expected, she has a firm grip on our numbers, but she is just as focused on ensuring we live our organisational values and meet the needs of our patients, staff and local community.

“Given our commitment to achieving real progress on race equality in our trust and across the wider NHS, it’s especially pleasing that Jazz’s appointment is also a very positive development in the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff in Board and other leadership roles.”

Commenting on her role, Jazz said: “Having been at Imperial College Healthcare for nearly a year now, I can safely say I have only just scratched the surface of what we do! What is clear, though, is it’s a fantastic organisation delivering amazing clinical care and education and research that has an impact globally and locally. Our 14,000 people not only have big aspirations for what they want to achieve with patients and partners, they are also committed to meet challenges head on, not least in terms of dealing with growing and changing needs within tightening finances. I am really excited to have the opportunity to play my part in achieving the organisation’s vision of ‘better health, for life’, and can see lots to draw on from my previous experience at a community and mental health trust with a long legacy of user focus and joining up care. I’m really looking forward to meeting more colleagues.”

Jazz took over from Richard Alexander who stepped down in January 2020 after nearly five years in the role.