12th November 2004




The University of Lincoln has appointed Alan Burns, Chief Executive of the Trent Strategic Health Authority, as a Visiting Professor of Health Management and Leadership.


Professor Burns has worked closely with the university on a number of developments recently, including the establishment of a major Centre for Health Improvement and Leadership in Lincoln (CHILL).


A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Burns has a very high profile in the health field.


He has been Chief Executive of the Trent Strategic Health Authority since 2002, having previously been Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Health Authority and North West Anglia Health Authority.


He is Chairman of the Commissioning Board for Research and Development in Service Delivery and Organisation. He is also the lead Strategic Health Authority Chief Executive on the National Programme Board for Information Technology. He has recently accepted the role of National Director of Service Implementation within the National Programme for Information Technology on a part-time basis.


In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the NHS Confederation and a member of the Prime Minister’s Office for Public Sector Reform Advisory Group, the National Access Policy Board and the National Primary Care Policy Board.


“The University of Lincoln is extremely pleased to be working with Professor Burns and we look forward to building on our close links with the NHS through his new visiting role,” said Professor Mike Saks, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln.


Professor Burns’ appointment will be formally announced at the Lincoln Academy lecture to be given next week by Professor Chris Ham.


Professor Ham will speak at 6pm on Tuesday 16th November in the AR0107 lecture theatre in the university’s architecture building about breaking down the barriers between primary and secondary care in the NHS.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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