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Chris Ham: King of the think tank

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2046 (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2046
Duncan Smith

Biography

Chris Ham, 67, has been chief executive of the King’s Fund since 2010, and his deft chairmanship of many a meeting has managed to distil a useful message from even the least promising materials. He was professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham from 1992 and director of strategy at the Department of Health from 2000 to 2004. Any twist or turn in health policy over the past quarter century that he cannot elucidate probably never happened. He has said that he will stand down from the King’s Fund at the end of this year, but he plans to go on writing, speaking, and advising.

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