David Behan

CEO, Health Education England

Sir David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He began his career as a social worker, progressing as a manager in Wakefield, Avon and Cleveland. He was appointed to director of social services posts in Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Greenwich. He was the president of the Association of Director of Social Services in 2002. He was the first chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Department of Health as the director general for social care, local government and care partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. He was a member of the NHS Management Board. In 2012 he was appointed to the role of chief executive of the Care Quality Commission where he has led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England. In 2003, he was awarded a CBE and in 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in law by Greenwich University. He was presented with a City and Guilds Fellowship in October 2016 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in health by the University of Bradford in 2017. He was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care in the 2017 New Year's Honours list. In December 2018 Sir David was appointed as CEO of Health Education England.


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