Jon Billings

Jon Billings, Non Executive Director

Non-Executive Director

Jon was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 April 2017.

During a twenty-year career in the NHS, Jon was initially a diagnostic radiographer, then a communication manager, and subsequently managed a succession of clinical services including head and neck surgery, acute and specialty medicine and services for older people.

Since the early 2000s, Jon has held various senior roles in healthcare regulatory bodies, including the Audit Commission and the Healthcare Commission where he was head of operations in London and the south-east, overseeing inspection of NHS and independent sector providers. Later, Jon was appointed as national lead for the Healthcare Commission on independent healthcare sector affairs.

Jon was a founding director of the Irish health and social care regulator - the equivalent of CQC in England. While in Ireland, Jon ran various hospital inspection programmes and led several high-profile statutory investigations into serious patient-care concerns. He also developed Ireland’s first national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

Jon joined the General Medical Council in 2011, where he led work to develop and introduce medical revalidation. He was Director of Strategy at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and was closely involved in preparation for introducing revalidation for nurses and midwives, as well as revision of their Code of Practice and Behaviour. Since 2016 Jon has been freelance and worked on various national and local projects in the health arena.