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A milestone for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group as it appoints new Accountable Officer and new Chief Finance Officer

06 November 2015


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has appointed a new Accountable Officer, Matthew Tait who will commence in post on 16 November 2015.

Matthew is a highly experienced and successful leader whose last role was Interim Chief Officer for the three East Berkshire CCGs. Prior to that he was an Area Director for NHS England Thames Valley, covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire which included oversight of 10 CCGs, four strategic clinical networks and direct commissioning for a population of over 2m people. He was previously the PCT Cluster Chief Executive, covering Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Matthew said: “I’m really excited and am looking forward to using my experiences to continue the development of Bedfordshire CCG and ensure we commission high-quality health and social care for the people of Bedfordshire.”

His appointment marks a milestone for BCCG’s financial recovery and improvement plan and is made all the more robust with the appointment of a new Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Ben Jay who starts in post at the end of November.

Ben Jay joins BCCG from Tameside Council in Greater Manchester where he is CFO, bringing experience of health and care integration from a local authority perspective to the CCG arena.

Ben said: “I’m very much looking forward to taking up my new role with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. I am very conscious of the good work already underway and can’t wait to be part of it in the future.”

Chair of BCCG, Steve Hone said: “We are very excited about these new leadership appointments and warmly welcome Matthew and Ben into commissioning high-quality health and social care for our local population.

Matthew has a superb track record in leading and delivering transformation and excellence in commissioning. Both Ben and Matthew have a wealth of experience in finance and accountancy in health and social care and will be invaluable to the CCG over the coming years.”

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