The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has confirmed the appointment of Zulfiqar Darr as Non-Executive Director of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
Zulfiqar has accumulated substantial successful experience of financial leadership, performance management, and effective development and implementation of transformation programmes across the public sector. The majority of his career has been in local government, including senior leadership roles at Coventry City Council (Finance Manager), Derby City Council (Assistant Director of Corporate Finance and Performance) and South Gloucestershire Council (Head of Finance & IT).
Recently, Zulfiqar worked at KPMG as an Executive Advisor within the management consulting practice focusing on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector, including projects at the Ministry of Defence and the NHS.
Zulfiqar is currently the Head of Finance at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, with lead finance responsibility for the Broadband UK programme with an overall budget of approximately £1bn. He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting) and holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Zulfiqar said: "I am passionate about the NHS and welcome this fantastic opportunity on the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust Board. I am really looking forward to working with the Board, staff, patients and partners in providing high quality healthcare services for all members of the community."
Jagtar Singh, Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “I am pleased to welcome Zulfiqar Darr to Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and am pleased that he has been attending Board meetings over the last few months. He is a highly skilled director who has significant experience in delivering public services. He also brings a wealth of experience as a finance director who has worked at executive level for many years. Zufiqar has good local knowledge of the Coventry and Warwickshire area, which is also essential for this role.”
Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Zulfiqar has been appointed from 1 April 2015 until 31 March 2017 and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6157 per annum. He has declared no political activity in the last five years.