Former strategy advisor to the Prime Minister to join our Executive Group

30 November 2017        

Category: About BHF

Former strategy advisor to the Prime Minister, Jacob West, is to join our Executive Group in February to lead a new Healthcare Innovation directorate.

Jacob will replace Catherine Kelly who is retiring as Director of Prevention, Survival and Support in February, following more than seven years at the charity.

Jacob is currently a national lead for NHS England’s New Care Models programme, supporting vanguard sites across England to implement new models of healthcare delivery.

Prior to this, he was Director of Strategy at King’s College Hospital, Programme Director of the Mayor of London’s Health Commission, and Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Jacob also brings international experience to this role and was the 2014/15 Harkness Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

‘Strategic vision, solid track record’ 

Our Chief Executive Simon Gillespie said: “Jacob not only has an excellent CV, but impressed us with his strategic vision, solid track record and determination to succeed.  He will be an excellent replacement for Catherine who has been with the BHF since 2010, and in her current role since 2014.  In that time, she has led her teams to deliver standout programmes of work which have made real impact.”

Jacob West said: “I am delighted to be joining the British Heart Foundation to help beat heart and circulatory disease. Whilst great progress has been made in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, it remains one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Building on BHF’s terrific research, I see huge opportunities to prevent more heart disease and provide better care. I greatly look forward to working with the whole BHF team, its volunteers, supporters and external partners.”

Implementing research into practice

Jacob will lead our new Healthcare Innovation directorate, bringing together a number of teams including policy and public affairs, innovation and wellbeing, and patient and community services. Its aim will be to maximise the impact of the BHF on prevention, care and support for heart patients nationwide. 

Under his leadership, the new directorate will support the implementation of our research findings, drive forward our campaign to create a Nation of Lifesavers trained in CPR, and ensure the charity continues to offer outstanding support and information to the public on the prevention and management of heart and circulatory disease. 

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