Dr Rima Makarem has 15 years’ experience working at board level within the NHS and has an in-depth understanding of patient engagement.

She is Chair of Sue Ryder, a charity that supports people living with a terminal illness, neurological condition or who have lost someone. Rima initially trained as a scientist before going on to hold senior roles within the global pharmaceutical sector, including at GSK. She has built up a broad non-executive track record over recent years, and works extensively with patients locally, regionally and nationally in the health and care sector.

Rima currently chairs the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System. Other roles in her portfolio include Lay Council member for the General Pharmaceutical Council and Chair of Queen Square Enterprises Ltd. She has previously been the Senior Independent Director & Audit Chair of NICE; and the Audit Chair and an External Commissioner at the UK House of Commons Commission, working closely with the Speaker and the Leader of the House. Rima holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester and a BA in Biological Sciences from Cambridge University.

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