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Yve Buckland, Interim Chair

Dame Yve BucklandChair

Dame Yve started her professional life as an archivist, having completed a history degree and archives training at Leeds and Liverpool universities. She went on to have a series of managerial roles in local government, working for Cheshire and Birmingham councils, and in the early 1990s was appointed city secretary by Nottingham City Council, the first female chief officer in the council. 

By 2000 she had achieved her first national role. Yve was appointed by the Government to set up the Health Development Agency, a body which put together the evidence base for tackling key public health problems such as childhood obesity and smoking-related diseases. In 2003 she was awarded a DBE for her work in this area. 

Dame Yve went on to become chair of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement based at Warwick University, a post she held from 2005 to 2010 and also, between 2005 and 2015, was the chair of the Consumer Council for Water. She was chair of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital until January 2021. 

She is a Member of Birmingham Health Partners, Pro-Chancellor of Aston University and is the substantive chair of Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board, leading the health arm of the ICS, which is a collaboration of all health and social care organisations, including NHS, local authority and the voluntary and community sector. In December 2022, Dame Yve joined UHB as Chair on an interim basis to provide stability during the recovery of services for patients and build on the excellent work already in place to respond to unprecedented demand on health and care services.