Steve Oldfield Appointed as New Chief Commercial Officer

A newly created position in the Department of Health, sees Steve Oldfield becoming part of the Government Commercial Function this October as Chief Commercial Officer (COO). Steve Oldfield will report to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, Chris Wormald and will also functionally report to Gareth Rhys Williams (Government COO). During the announcement, both Wormald and Rhys Williams together with Paul Baumann (CFO, NHS England) welcomed the new appointment with Steve Oldfield commenting:

I am delighted to be joining the Department of Health, especially at such an exciting time. Demands on the health system have never been greater, and I hope to be able to bring my previous commercial experience to bear on the activities of the department. In particular, I look forward to working collaboratively across the department, the NHS and the life sciences to find new ways of working for the benefit of patients and the health economy

His main priorities will be:

  • To streamline commercial costs in the health and pharmaceutical sectors
  • To create and develop the commercial strategy that will support negotiations with commercial suppliers (including negotiations regarding the PPRS scheme under which £8 billion is spent annually)
  • To lead the development of commercial capability and sharing of commercial best practice for the benefit of the healthcare system
  • To improve the delivery and cost performance of the supply chain
  • To ensure that the Department of Health will have an important role in the wider Government Commercial Function

Steve has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is currently COO for PGT, a consumer health joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Teva, based in Geneva.

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Published 27. July 2017 in News UK