Barclays' Bob Diamond could be replaced by NHS Commissioning Board director

Barclays vice-chairman Naguib Kheraj, a non-executive director of the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB), has been tipped as a candidate to replace the bank's former chief executive Bob Diamond.

Professor Grant: ‘These are appointments of the highest quality'
Professor Grant: ‘These are appointments of the highest quality'

Mr Kheraj was appointed a non-executive director from 1 July along with Turning Point chief executive and crossbench peer Lord Adebowale, John Lewis director of legal services Margaret Casely-Hayford, and Social Work Reform Board chairwoman Dame Moira Gibb.

Reports that Mr Kheraj could take on the post vacated by Mr Diamond this week in the wake of the bank interest rate-fixing scandal came as health secretary Andrew Lansley published a draft 'mandate' document setting out objectives for the NCB.

Board chairman Professor Malcolm Grant (pictured) said last month of the four non-executives: ‘These are appointments of the highest quality, and they bring to the NHS a wealth of experience and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds.

'I am pleased that we now have a full group of non-executive directors, with complementary strengths and skills, to work alongside the executive team led by Sir David Nicholson.’

A total of 35 CCGs applied to be authorised by the NCB yesterday in the first wave of the process.

The NCB has also published a CCG learning and support web tool aimed at helping CCGs prepare for authorisation.

The tool aims to draw together the learning outcomes for 2012-13 and the key provided by the NCB and the DH to achieve these.

It also links to support available from key national bodies, including the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, the RCGP, the NHS Leadership Academy and the NHS Alliance and National Association of Primary Care.

For more information about additional development support available in their region, commissioners should contact:

To ask question about the tool or to make comments, commissioners should email

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