Richard Nugent

2004-2006 - Richard Nugent

As an architect, Richard Nugent worked in private practice in the commercial sector and in local government before joining the NHS in 1983 – as a senior lecturer, and then Training and Development manager, at the NHS Estate Management and Engineering Centre at Eastwood Park. There he worked closely with colleagues from the Department of Health on a range of estate management training initiatives aimed at promoting strategic estates planning.

In 1987 he moved to the West Midlands as Estates and Property manager, and in 1990 was appointed director of Estates for the West Midlands Regional Health Authority (WMRHA). With the introduction of the internal market in the NHS, he was appointed in 1993 to the role of director of Purchasing Development for the WMRHA, taking on a broader general management function.

Following the dissolution of Regional Health Authorities in 1995, he took a position with The Lewington Partnership, a firm of solicitors specialising in providing advice to healthcare organisations. In 1997 he set up his own architectural consultancy practice –Healthcare Estates Consultancy Services (HECS) – providing advice on healthcare estate management and major building projects. He was responsible for the successful delivery of several major projects, including acting as project director for the transfer of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital from it sold site in Ladywood to a redeveloped site at Steelhouse Lane, and as advisor to North Birmingham Mental Health Trust for major PFI schemes at Highcroft and All Saints Hospitals.

Since 2000 he has held several non-executive roles in the NHS, including 10 years as a Primary Care Trust chairman in Sandwell.

Richard Nugent