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Sir Alex Allan and Dean Fathers join the Board as non-executive directors

We are delighted to welcome Sir Alex Allan and Dean Fathers to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's Board as non-executive directors.

Alex has many years of experience gained throughout his long career at the highest levels of civil service, and Dean brings with him 20 years of experience operating at board level across the full spectrum of NHS services: primary, acute, mental health, community and authority-wide. Both new members will be invaluable to our organisation.

Alex is currently the Prime Minister's Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests, a member and chair of the Selection Panel for QC Appointments, a member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a trustee of the Treloar Trust – a charity providing education and support for young people with physical disabilities.

Former roles include Principal Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Prime Minister and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, High Commissioner to Australia, and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He has led various Government reviews, including two of record management.

Dean is currently the non-executive chair of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and recently gave up his role with the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to take on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman appointment. Since joining the NHS he has been involved in several substantial transformations to help lead significant numbers of staff through transformative change. Dean has also held senior appointments in the third, public and private sectors as well as in academia.