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David Prior

Chairman of the Care Quality Commission

After graduating from Cambridge University with an Exhibition and MA in Law, David qualified as a Barrister in 1976, and for the following four years worked as an Associate with Lehman Brothers and Lazard Freres in London and New York.

David spent the next 15 years working as a Senior Executive within British Steel and a number of private companies. In 1997, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for North Norfolk and went on to be vice-Chairman and Deputy Chairman and CEO of the Conservative Party. He was also on the Select Committee for Trade and Industry.

In 2002, David became Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and a Director of Aurelian Oil and Gas Plc. He is also Chairman of the Governors of Ormiston Victory Academy Chairman of the proposed Sir Isaac Newton Free School.

Declaration of Interests

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David Behan
David Behan

Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission

David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and, in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University

He was previously the Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

From 1996 to 2003, David was Director of Social Services at London Borough of Greenwich as well as a member of the Greenwich Primary Care Trust Board and the Professional Executive Committee.

David Behan is a member of the CQC Board.