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Former newspaper boss to be new chair of nursing regulator


Former newspaper chief executive Philip Graf has been appointed as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Mr Graf will take up the role on 1 May 2018 when current incumbent Dame Janet Finch’s term of office comes to an end.

“Healthcare and delivering public good are both close to my heart”

Philip Graf

At present, he is also chair of the Education Development Trust as well as being a former chair of the Gambling Commission and former deputy chair of communications regulator Ofcom.

Prior to that he spent 20 years in the media industry, culminating in the role of chief executive at Trinity Mirror, currently the UK’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publisher.

He brings a “wealth of experience and expertise, together with a passionate commitment to public protection”, said the NMC in a statement announcing his appointment.

It noted that Mr Graf would lead the NMC’s governing council, setting strategy, overseeing governance and, along with its chief executive, engaging with governments and stakeholders.

NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “I am very pleased to welcome Philip Graf as our new chair.

“I know that Philip’s extensive experience of regulation, strategic insight and ambassadorial skills will ensure the NMC continues to be a forward looking, dynamic regulator, and make him a worthy successor to Dame Janet Finch,” she said.

“We are indebted to Dame Janet who has led the NMC through a period of considerable progress, overseeing significant achievements, such as the introduction of revalidation, over the past three years,” she said. “We wish Janet all the best for the future.”

Mr Graf is currently chair of the Education Development Trust which works to give young people a future by improving education around the world and an Independent Director of the Copyright Licensing Agency.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

NMC chair

Philip Graf

He was chair of the Gambling Commission until 2016 and previously a former deputy chair of Ofcom and former vice-chair of homeless charity Crisis.

He began a 20-year media career when he joined the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo in 1983, which became Trinity International Holdings in 1985. He subsequently became chief executive in 1993.

He then became chief executive of Trinity Mirror Group when the company merged with the Mirror Group in 1999, a position he held until September 2002.

It publishes titles including the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and People, and the Scottish Sunday Mail and Daily Record.

Commenting on his appointment as NMC chair, Mr Graf said: “I am delighted to have been appointed chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

“Healthcare and delivering public good are both close to my heart and this is the perfect opportunity to bring both together,” said Mr Graf.

“This is an exciting time to join the NMC, as it looks to set the standards that will shape the nurses and midwives of the future and take on regulation of a brand new profession – nursing associates,” he said.

“I look forward to engaging with all our many stakeholders in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland about how the way we regulate can continue to improve protection for patients and the public,” he added.


Readers' comments (6)

  • And what will his salary be?

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  • The NHS is one big gamble at the moment so he seems well suited !!

    Not sure his other credentials will be much use in the role.

    No doubt he will be handsomely paid.

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  • Why not a person with a nursing background?

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  • Excuse me, people who pay fees to the NMC should have had a choice on the matter, ie ballot on a choice of candidates. From my point of view I would have liked someone with a nursing background. How can this fella understand the complexities of nursing practice coming from a media background? Different world with different issues.

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  • During his tenure as chair of the Gambling Commission until 2016, my son's gambling addiction devastated our family. Mum and Dad are both nurses and do not support this appointment. We are taking a gamble of appointing Mr Graf as our new chair, in my humble opinion.

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  • Jobs for the boys.

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