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NHSE director to run London Zoo

Published on: 23 Aug 2022

A senior NHS England director has taken a new job heading up The Zoological Society of London, which runs London Zoo, it has been reported.

Matthew Gould was hired in 2019 as chief executive of the then new NHSX agency, set up as part of the Department of Health and Social Care by Matt Hancock.

He will shortly be announced as director general of ZSL, the charity which runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo, according to the Sunday Times.

Early this year it was decided NHSX would be closed, with its functions merged into NHS England and DHSC. Mr Gould was given a role as a national digital transformation director until spring, when staff were told he was instead taking on “priority work” for NHSE CEO Amanda Pritchard, linked to urgent and emergency care services recovery.

A ZSL spokesperson told the paper: “ZSL has made an offer to a candidate to join.”

Before joining the DHSC, Mr Gould was a civil servant working on government’s tech and media policy.