Not, apparently, on the basis of his qualification for the task – or if those are the grounds, the committee has not explained them – but on the basis that David Bennett, who is currently both chief executive and chair of Monitor has been doing such a good job. That Bennett has performed well in steering Monitor through the storms created by Andrew Lansley’s mighty Health and Social Care Act, is not in question. But it is a basic piece of good governance in both the public and private sectors that executive chairs, save in smaller companies, are not a good idea. A board provides oversight, balance and challenge that is difficult to provide if its chair is also the chief executive. The committee’s reasoning is that Bennett has “both shaped and interpreted the role that Monitor now plays in the system which makes the transition to another individual taking on the chair an especially difficult one. “We do not think Mr Dodd is the right person to undertake that difficult transition,” the committee says – without explaining why. So it has declined to endorse a candidate with an extensive business background (and foundation trusts these days are health businesses) […]

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