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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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HEFCE Board Member
Biography and registered interests

Hugh Ross has extensive experience as a manager in the NHS. His 34-year career included three NHS Trust Chief Executive Appointments and two major strategic planning roles. He was the Chief Executive of the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust from 1995 to 2002, steering the Trust successfully through very difficult circumstances. He subsequently led the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, one of the biggest in the UK, from 2004 through to its abolition in 2009 as part of the reorganisation of NHS Wales.

In addition to these senior roles, Hugh has contributed to healthcare on a national basis over many years. His membership at different times of the Clinical Outcomes Group, the NHS Modernisation Board and the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence all reflect his career-long interest in clinical quality and outcomes, improved service design and the appropriate regulation of healthcare professionals.

Date appointed to the Board: 1 October 2011

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Page last updated 2 January 2018