Chris Ham CBE, PhD, MPhil, BA, took up his post as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in April 2010.
He was professor of health policy and management at the University of Birmingham between 1992 and 2014 and director of the Health Services Management Centre at the university between 1993 and 2000.
From 2000 to 2004 he was seconded to the Department of Health, where he was Director of the Strategy Unit.
He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management. He is a founder fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
He is currently emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham and an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands in 2013.