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Chief executive of the Sickle Cell Society is awarded an OBE


John James, Chief Executive of the UK’s only national sickle cell charity, has been awarded an OBE for his services to sickle cell disorder and health as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He has had a long and successful career working for the health and charity sector. Prior to working at the Sickle Cell Society, he spent 33 years working within the NHS including four CEO roles and becoming the first Black African-Caribbean Chief Executive in the NHS.

James has also held senior management and board level posts in Primary Care Trusts, London teaching Hospitals, and Mental Health Trusts. Further to that he served as a senior civil servant for the Department of Health under Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. On Saturday he was awarded an OBE for his service to sickle cell and health.



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