David Highton, Chair

David Highton

About David

David became Chair of the Board of Trustees of Demelza in June 2018. He has also been Chair of the Trust Board at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust since May 2017. 

He was previously Ministerial Advisor to the Minister of Public Health in Qatar from 2016, and also Executive Director of Corporate Development at Hamad Medical Corporation, the main public hospital provider in Qatar, for six years.

Prior to moving to Qatar, David worked in the independent health sector, including being director of his own consulting company, and heading up Business Development for a successful acute home healthcare provider.

David was an NHS Chief Executive from 1991 to 2003, including the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, where he was instrumental in the creation of a new dedicated Children’s Hospital.

Originally a Chartered Accountant, David worked in publishing, property services, the brewing industry, an industrial starches business and in the City, before joining the NHS as a Finance Director in 1990.

David, who is married and has a grown up family, has strong links with Kent, having spent his childhood in Meopham and Sittingbourne, and currently lives in Whitstable.