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Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society is awarded an OBE

PICTURED: John James

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.

John James, Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society, 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.

Speaking on the OBE, James said: “I feel very proud to be receiving this honour and was excited to share this good news with my family, friends and colleagues. I hope that it will help raise the profile of the important work we do as a charity, so that we can continue to support people living with sickle cell disorder and their families.”

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