Simon Stevens is CEO of the National Health Service (NHS) England. As the NHS’s Accounting Officer, he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion in annual health service funding.
Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager, he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the north east of England, London and the south coast.
Stevens has also served for seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as a policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health. Simon also spent a decade working internationally at UnitedHealth Group, including as its Medicare CEO and as president of its global health division, leading health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East.
His impressive and expansive experience makes him one of the few healthcare professionals to have a truly global understanding. He aims to “tear up the design flaw” in the 1948 NHS model by unifying the GP surgeries and hospitals, ensuring more efficient healthcare to service users.
As of 2015, Stevens was paid a salary of around £190,000 by NHS England, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time, though each year he has opted for a voluntary £20,000 pay cut.