The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has appointed its four regional directors to provide local oversight over CCGs.
Their first key task is to work with PCTs, SHAs and other stakeholders to co-design a proposal for the final model of the NHS CB's network of Local Area Teams.
The four regional directors are:
The four new appointments will be part of the senior leadership team of the Operations Directorate.
They will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the Director of NHS Operations and Performance and Director of NHS Direct Commissioning and Commissioning Assurance.
"I'm delighted that we have four, highly skilled regional directors each with a strong track record of achievements," said Ian Dalton, COO of the NHS CB.
"This equips us with outstanding leadership to work with clinical commissioning groups and partners to ensure we have a strong and innovative commissioning system that improves outcomes for patients.
"It also enables us to finalise the design of the regional and local presence of the NHS Commissioning Board."