Extension of chairman's term of appointment

NHS Improvement has confirmed that Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust chairman, Sir Richard Sykes, whose term was due to end early next year, will now carry on in his role until the end of 2018. Sir Richard has held the post since 2012.

Sir Richard said: “I’m very pleased to continue in my role for another year. Through great clinical care, research and education, Imperial College Healthcare achieves a huge amount for patients in north west London and beyond. Like the rest of the NHS, we are facing some big challenges and I am committed to doing all that I can to ensure we improve further and achieve even more in the future.

“Our interim chief executive Professor Julian Redhead and the wider executive team have responded impressively to the recent change in leadership arrangements following the departure of our previous chief executive Ian Dalton to lead NHS Improvement. With the extension to my term, I will be able to offer my continuing support and lead the process to appoint a permanent chief executive in the new year.”

Sir Richard Sykes has over 30 years of experience within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He joined Glaxo Research in 1972 as head of its antibiotic research unit and in the 1994 New Year's Honours list, received a knighthood for services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Sir Richard holds a BSc in microbiology from Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, a PhD in microbial biochemistry from Bristol University, and a DSc from the University of London.

Sir Richard was senior independent director, non-executive deputy chairman and chairman of the remuneration committee of ENRC from 2007 - June 2011; chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010; Rector of Imperial College London from 2000 – 2008; and a senior independent director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2008.

Sir Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London and Imperial College School of Medicine, King's College London and Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Cardiff and the University of Central Lancashire.