Natalie-Jane Macdonald is stepping down from her position as non-executive director on the PHIN Board as she takes up a new position as chair of Nuffield Health.

London, 1 June 2020: As the independent, government-mandated source of information on private healthcare in the UK, PHIN has a carefully balanced board to ensure that it can work effectively with the private healthcare industry whilst maintaining its independence. To minimise potential conflicts of interests, PHIN’s constitution precludes chairs and executive directors of private healthcare organisations from serving on the PHIN Board. 

As the incoming chair of Nuffield Health – one of the largest providers of private healthcare services in the UK, Natalie is stepping back from her PHIN commitments.

“Natalie was always well informed and ready with constructive challenge when necessary, but totally supportive of PHIN’s key objectives to promote transparency in the private hospital sector and to enable healthcare consumers to make informed choices using the information published by PHIN. On behalf of PHIN’s Board I congratulate her on her appointment as chair of Nuffield Health and thank her for her support and commitment over the years which was greatly appreciated. We will miss her wise counsel, but wish her well in this new and exciting role.”

Andrew Vallance-Owen, PHIN’s chairman

Natalie-Jane Macdonald was nominated to be a Director of PHIN in 2015 by the private medical insurers collectively, in accordance with the governance requirements set out in the Private Healthcare Market Investigation Order (2014). PHIN is now liaising with the Health Committee of the Association of British Insurers to invite nominations for a suitable replacement Director for PHIN’s Board.