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John James, chief executive of Sickle Cell Society, smiling at the camera

John James OBE

John James has 33 years of experience within the NHS including 4 chief executive officer roles. He was Chair of the West London Cancer network (2002 to 2005) and Chair of the North West London Diabetes Network (2003 to 2004). As a senior civil servant for the Department of Health he served as program consultant on leadership for the NHS Next Stage Review and then as Deputy Director for the NHS Medical Director/Director General. He has been Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society for the last 5 years. In June 2018, John was awarded an OBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.