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Press release   •   Oct 22, 2013 10:00 BST

Finegreen Associates are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Steve Barnett as its first Chairman.

A former Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, and the first Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Steve's appointment has been confirmed in the run-up to Finegreen's annual leadership conference - Setting the Pace:AchievingGreat Leadership in Healthcare - on October 24th (see Note below).

Commenting on his new role, Steve stated that "at a time of unprecedented change to the system and structures of health and social care there has never been a more important time to secure and nurture top talent for the service and Finegreen' s reputation in this field is second to none. I am very pleased to be associated with such an outstanding, multi award winning organisation. Finegreen's extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector, responsiveness  and reputation for excellence continue to make it the recruiter of choice for an ever expanding client base."

Finegreen's Chief Executive, Neil Fineberg, added: "We see our role as not just finding the right people for various roles - important though this is - but also being in the vanguard of leadership development in the NHS.  That's why this month's conference is headlined Setting The Pace - reflecting the importance of spreading best practice - and why we are delighted to welcome Steve as our new Chairman. His background and expertise fit perfectly with our own aims and ambitions."

Other senior positions held previously by Steve Barnett include Chief Executive of the Academy for Healthcare Science. He has also been a member of the NHS Leadership Council, a Vice Chair of the Open University and chair of their Health Strategy Board, as well as Senior Director for HR at the Home Office.

He is currently Chairman of the Turnaround Group and Senior Vice President of a US health technology company..

Finegreen has been voted Recruiter of the Year in the 2013 Health Investor Awards and top small to medium sized business in the 2013 Best Business Awards – as well as appearing in the Virgin Fast Track top 100 companies.