Simon Perks worked in the NHS for 40 years, most recently leading the merger of the eight Clinical Commissioning Groups in Kent and Medway into a single organisation. He was previously Canterbury and Coastal and Ashford Clinical Commissioning Groups Accountable Officer, responsible for commissioning healthcare for the population of those communities.
Simon started his NHS career in 1980 training as a nurse at the Westminster Hospital. Moving into hospital general management in 1990, Simon worked in a number of hospitals London and Kent before moving into commissioning at NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent primary care trust in 2008. Simon has lived with his wife Gill in east Kent for 25 years and in retirement maintains a keen interest in how health and care organisations can better work together to improve patient care. Simon has been involved with voluntary sector organisations since his first job at Spitalfields Crypt Trust in 1979.