Mark Barker has been appointed in the new role of Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for the five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across mid and south Essex following an extensive search and selection process.
The role is part of a streamlined Executive Team providing managerial leadership for the five organisations.
Mr Barker was previously CFO for South East Essex CCGs and will take up his new role in January 2021. His appointment is integral to the transition of the five CCGs towards becoming an Integrated Care System, as part of a wider NHS strategic plan. Mr Barker will work with other NHS finance directors to strengthen working across finance teams and to prepare a single financial strategy for Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.
Anthony McKeever, Executive Lead Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership and Joint Accountable Officer for its five CCGs said:
“I am delighted to appoint Mark to this new position with his wealth of experience. This important appointment will help us to manage NHS finances effectively as an Integrated Care System and enable us to invest in the best possible services to support the health and wellbeing of our 1.2 million local residents.”
Mark Barker said: “I’m looking forward to joining the Joint Executive Team for mid and south Essex CCGs and driving forward improvements in the way we manage NHS finances to deliver high quality services and outcomes for local people.”