Press release For immediate release: Thursday 12th July 2018

Bob Nicholls has announced his retirement as Chair of the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC).

Bob was appointed as Chair of ICNARC in February 2016 and completes his first three-year term at the end of 2018.

In announcing his decision Bob said:

“While I feel very honoured and proud to have Chaired the Board of an organisation that has contributed so much to the improvement of critical care and continues to do so, the time is right for ICNARC to appoint someone to help lead the implementation of its new five-year strategy in 2019”.

“As the outgoing Chair, I believe the charity is in very good shape. With strong reserves, a highly knowledgeable and influential Board of Trustees and a strong Executive leadership team, the charity is well placed to realise its ambitions.”

ICNARC are now looking to recruit their next Chair of Trustees.

Kerrie Gemmill, Managing Director of ICNARC says:

“We are truly indebted to Bob for his leadership and guidance over the last three years. Under his tenure, he has developed a Board of Trustees and staff team who are passionate about achieving the charity’s vision. We will miss Bob and everything that he has brought to our charity.”

Kathy Rowan, Director of Scientific and Strategic Development of ICNARC says:

“Since ICNARC was founded in 1994, critical care has undergone many changes and continues to do so. Bob has been committed to supporting ICNARC in developing our ambitious strategic plans for the future, and we thank him wholeheartedly for his invaluable contribution. We are now seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead the Board in its role of governing the organisation’s work and setting ICNARC’s forward direction, to ensure it is best equipped to deliver and continues to evolve, change and adapt.”

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Notes to editors

About Bob Nicholls
Bob has a long career in Health Services Management at local, regional and national levels. He is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director in both public and private sector organisations and was an Appointments Commissioner for NHS Boards. He has played a leading role in health regulation as a lay member of the General Medical Council and recently as the founding Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council. He recently served as a member of a Research Ethics Committee in Oxford.

ICNARC has an outstanding national and international reputation for clinical audit and clinical and health services research. We work to ensure critically ill patients receive the best possible care and outcome. We do this by providing information about the quality of care to those who work in critical care, policy makers, commissioners, regulators, patients and carers, through our national clinical audits and our clinical trials and health services research.

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