Ruth Carnall

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Dame Ruth Carnall DBE (born July 1956)[1] was the last Chief Executive of NHS London before it was abolished in 2013. She was described by the Health Service Journal as one of the NHS's most senior and respected leaders.[2]

She is a member of the Honours Committee of the Cabinet Office and was herself created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 Birthday Honours. She is a trustee of the King's Fund.[3]

Her first job in the NHS was in finance at St Mary's Hospital, London in 1977. Her first chief executive job was in Hastings. She became the regional director for the South East - where she was a civil servant - in 2000.[4]

She was appointed chair of the success regime programme board in Northern, Eastern and Western Devon in October 2015. She is a partner in management consultancy Carnall Farrar, the company which will deliver the “diagnostic phase” of the project.[5]

She was subsequently reckoned by the Health Service Journal to be the 37th most influential person in the English NHS in 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Her husband and one of her business partners is Professor Colin Anthony Carnall (born 1947).


  1. ^ "RUTH CARNALL - LONDON". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Dame Ruth Carnall to leave NHS". Health Service Journal. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ "The King's Fund welcomes Ruth Carnall as a new trustee". King's Fund. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  4. ^ Carnall, Ruth (15 July 2013). "Change and controversy go hand in hand in the NHS". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Ruth Carnall to lead Devon success regime". Health Service Journal. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "HSJ100 2015". Health Service Journal. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.