Former newspaper exec announced as new chair of NMC

Former newspaper Chief Executive, Philip Graf, has been announced as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Philip Graf, the former Chief Executive of the newspaper giant Trinity Mirror has been appointed as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). From May 2018, the chair the NMC council will be paid a daily rate of £500 or £78,000 a year.

The NMC Council is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the NMC, for ensuring it is focussed on protecting patients and the public, and for overseeing its work. It is made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Presently, Mr Graf is chair of the Education Development Trust and the former chair of the Gambling Commission and former deputy chair of communications regulator Ofcom.

Graf spent a total of 20 years in the media industry which culminated in his role at Trinity Mirror.

In a statement announcing his appointment, the NMC said; "Philip brings a wealth of experience and expertise, together with a passionate commitment to public protection".

Image: Philip Graf

Philip will lead the NMC’s governing Council, setting strategy, overseeing governance and, in partnership with the Chief Executive, engaging with Governments and stakeholders across the UK.

Philip Graf, the new chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Health care and delivering public good are both close to my heart and this is the perfect opportunity to bring both together.

“This is an exciting time to join the NMC, as it looks to set the standards that will shape the nurses and midwives of the future and take on regulation of a brand new profession - nursing associates. I look forward to engaging with all our many stakeholders in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland about how the way we regulate can continue to improve protection for patients and the public."

Jackie Smith, The Nursing and Midwifery Council's Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Philip Graf as our new chair.

“I know that Philip’s extensive experience of regulation, strategic insight and ambassadorial skills will ensure the NMC continues to be a forward looking, dynamic regulator, and make him a worthy successor to Dame Janet Finch".

“We are indebted to Dame Janet who has led the NMC through a period of considerable progress, overseeing significant achievements, such as the introduction of revalidation, over the past three years"

Graf will take up the role from the 1st May 2018 when Dame Janet Finch’s term in office comes to an end.

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