The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that Jon Billings will be its new director of strategy.
Mr Billings will join the NMC from fellow regulator the General Medical Council, where he led work in a number of high profile areas such as developing and launching medical revalidation and introducing English language checks for European doctors.
He started his career in the NHS as a radiographer before going on to manage both medical and surgical services. He has also held senior posts at the Audit Commission, Healthcare Commission.
In his role at the NMC, he will lead ongoing development of the NMC’s strategy, planning, corporate governance and communication.
He joins the nursing regulator at a time when it is facing the challenge of developing and introducing a system of revalidation for nurses, as well as its continuing efforts to improve its own performance and financial stability.
Mr Billings said: “I’m delighted to be joining the NMC as it continues its programme of reform and modernisation.
“It goes without saying that nurses and nursing are pivotal in patients’ experience of healthcare, and effective regulation of the profession can play a vital role in protecting patients and promoting good practice.
He added: “I look forward to working with the profession and the public among others to ensure the NMC is successful in doing this.”
Mr Billings is not the only senior member of the NMC’s current leadership team to have been recruited from the medical regulator.
NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith worked for the GMC for over 10 years as an assistant director and headed up its investigation unit for six years.