Rheumatology 2013
Keynote: Jewels in the Crown
Tuesday, 23 April, 14.00 - 16.00 

Mr Bob Ricketts, CBE
Director of NHS Provider Transition (Department of Health)
Director of Commissioning support strategy and Market Development (NHS Commissioning Board)

Bob has held a succession of senior posts at the Department of Health, all associated with reform of health services, including patient choice, commissioning (including the NHS Standard Contract), and provision (including leading the Transforming Community Services programme and development of social enterprises in health and social care).

He is currently both Director of Provider Transition for the Department of Health and Director of Commissioning Support Services Strategy and Market Development for the NHS Commissioning Board, and will take up the latter post full-time from April 2013. He has featured in the Health Service Journal 100 list of the people with the greatest influence on health policy and the NHS for the last 5 years. He was awarded a CBE in last year's New Year's Honours list.

His interests outside work include local history and archaeology, UK postal history and Cairn Terriers.