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Pamela Chesters

Department: The Office of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Position: Advisor for Health & Youth Opportunities

Last Updated: Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Advisor on Health & Youth, Chesters was appointed to the Mayor’s office in March 2009. During the election campaign Johnson made a speech (at Policy Exchange) in which he said that the Mayor of London was “morally obliged” to address public health and expressed his concern at the “gross and shameful inequalities” in health outcomes across the capital. Chesters has been charged with addressing this challenge.

Although called an “adviser” she is one of the Mayor’s directors. She sits on the London Health Commission, which Johnson has pledged to reform, giving it a remit to deal with inequalities within the boroughs and not just between them and sharing best practice. The Commission was relaunched in late April 2009 with Mary O’Connor as the new Chair. Chesters was Chair of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, one of the largest in the country.

She chairs the Council of Trustees of Action for Children. She worked for British Petroleum for almost two decades, and was CEO for Duckhams Oils. Between 1990 and 2000 she was a Camden councillor (latterly she was leader of the opposition). She fought the Parliamentary seat of Bristol West in 2001.

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