Senior Commissioner appointed as new LOCSU Chief Operating Officer

4 November 2016

Former Clinical Commissioning Group Director, Richard Whittington has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer of LOCSU, the organisation has announced.New LOCSU Chief Operating Officer Richard Whittington

Mr Whittington, who joined LOCSU in the summer as Assistant Director, Commissioning, will take up the new post with immediate effect.

The new Chief Operating Officer role was created following the recent news that current Managing Director, Katrina Venerus, will at the same time move into a new part-time role as Clinical Director to allow her to fulfil her long-held ambition to complete an MSc in Healthcare Leadership as part of her professional development.

Announcing the appointment, LOCSU Chairman, Alan Tinger, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Richard as the first Chief Operating Officer of LOCSU.

“With his specialist knowledge of commissioning and service redesign, having worked at a senior level in NHS commissioning, Richard possesses the specific skills and practical experience that will help us make progress on our strategic aim to increase the pace and scale of eye health services and take out some of the strain on hospital capacity.

“In the short time he has been with LOCSU he has shown that he is the ideal candidate to take LOCSU forward and help us deliver the Breakthrough Strategy.

“This really is great news for the sector and for patients who will see the benefits of more optical practices becoming the first port of call for all eye health matters.

“Richard will benefit from the support of Katrina Venerus who has led LOCSU magnificently in the past four years as MD. Her new role as Clinical Director means that LOCSU has continuity and a formidable top team to drive progress and deliver success.”

 

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Chris McGachy, LOCSU Communications Manager, email cmcgachy@locsu.co.uk, or telephone 020 7549 2053. Images available on request.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Biography

Richard Whittington joined LOCSU as Assistant Director, Commissioning, in June 2016 from the NHS. Richard is an experienced CCG Director and Acute Trust Director with extensive commissioning and service redesign experience. He led the initial commissioning of primary care ophthalmic service across a range of South East London PCTs and CCGs. Richard has worked in and across all healthcare and care sectors and has a particular expertise in service change, organisational change and commissioning service delivery. Throughout his career Richard has delivered real service change with measurable patient benefits and as such he has a proven record of delivery across QIPP programmes.

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