Sir Michael Rake appointed Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Sir Michael Rake, currently Chairman of the BT Group plc, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and will take up the position in November 2017.

Sir Michael brings to Great Ormond Street Hospital a wealth of successful leadership experience in business and service industries at KPMG, easyJet, BT and the CBI. He is a Senior Business Adviser at the Chamber of Commerce and Chatham House, and Vice President of the RNIB.

Sir Michael Rake said: “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to serve such a well-loved organisation which makes a dramatic difference to the lives of children with rare diseases in the UK and elsewhere.  

“It will be a great privilege to work with leading clinicians and researchers who deliver world-class care and pioneering research in collaboration with key partners.”  

Dr Peter Steer, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “We are delighted that Sir Michael will be joining us as Trust Chairman. He has an outstanding record as a business leader whose acumen and expertise will be invaluable to the Trust as we move forward with a refocused strategy for Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

“Sir Michael will provide vital guidance in a challenging NHS environment and support us to continue to provide the highest quality care and treatment to the most ill children and their families.”

Sir Michael was appointed as Chairman at a meeting of the Members’ Council in May 2017.

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About Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Sir Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael Rake, knighted in 2007 is chairman of BT Group plc (2007) and Worldpay Group plc (2015). He is also a director of S&P Global (2008), and chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC (2010).

Mike’s business advisory roles include chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, a Senior Adviser for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board. Mike is a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) Advisory Board, EPI's Advisory Group on Education and Employment and the Productivity Leadership Group. Mike is also Vice President of the RNIB.

Mike’s former principal roles include Chairman (both UK and International) of KPMG, Chairman of easyJet, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Deputy Chairman of Barclays and director of the Financial Reporting Council.