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Government appoints third City figure as regulator chief

Published on: 19 Jan 2022

The government has named a senior accountant and insurance leader as its preferred candidate to chair the Care Quality Commission.

Ian Dilks is the senior independent director of Royal London Insurance, and was chair of NHS Resolution until the end of 2020.

His background is as an accountant. He had a long career with PwC, working in its “global financial services leadership team” as a “global insurance leader” and as “global leader for public policy and regulatory affairs”. 

Mr Dilks has also previously worked as an expert adviser to the Commons Treasury committee.

In recent months, government has chosen Richard Meddings – a former banker who has also held senior positions in insurance firms – as chair of NHS England, and Samantha Roberts, who has been Legal and General’s managing director of health and care since September 2020, as the chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Mr Dilks will face a public pre-appointment hearing with the Commons health and social care committee, which can offer its support or objection to the appointment, after which Sajid Javid will decide whether to confirm the appointment.

If it is confirmed, Mr Dilks will succeed Peter Wyman, who became CQC chair in 2016.

The CQC said in a statement: “CQC welcomes this announcement and will issue a full statement following finalisation of the appointment.”