Appointment of the Chair
1. In April 2010 Dr David Bennett was appointed as
interim Chief Executive of Monitor and then as Chair in March
2011. He was appointed permanent Chief Executive of Monitor with
effect from 1 November 2012, while remaining as Chair pending
a new appointment by the Secretary of State for Health.
2. On 20 March 2013, the Secretary of State for Health
wrote to inform the Committee that a process to recruit a new
Chair for Monitor was taking place, and invited us to hold a pre-appointment
hearing once a preferred candidate had been selected. On 10 October
2013, the Secretary of State informed us that the Government proposed
to appoint Dominic Dodd as Chair of Monitor. The Committee held
the pre-appointment hearing on 15 October 2013.
3. The hearing addressed Mr Dodd's background, previous
experience and views on the challenges facing Monitor, its new
Chair and board. We examined Mr Dodd's views on Monitor's new
responsibilities established under the Health and Social Care
Act 2012. We also asked Mr Dodd to discuss how, if appointed,
he would expect the relationship between Monitor's executive and
the board to evolve.
4. As we have noted above, Dr Bennett was appointed
as interim Chief Executive in April 2010, and appointed as substantive
Chair in March 2011. Since then he has filled the roles of both
Chair and Chief Executive - effectively Executive Chair - and
has led Monitor through the whole process of change brought about
by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This has been a period
of great uncertainty for Monitor, with the nature of its role
in the new system being unclear for most of the 18 months between
the introduction of the Bill in January 2011 and its passing in
2012. Dr 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.
5. On this basis we do not endorse Mr Dodd's appointment.