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Richard Meddings is the current Chair of NHS England. From 2002 to 2014, he was a Group Executive Director at Standard Chartered, and Group Finance Director for eight of those years. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director at the Woolwich and Group Finance Controller of Barclays. Richard Meddings has also served as Chairman of TSB Bank, served on the Board of HM Treasury, and been a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Legal & General, 3i Group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group and Deutsche Bank A.G. From 2004 to 2014 he was Chairman of Seeing is Believing, a charity focused on curing avoidable blindness. He was a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Teach First and for the past four years has been Chairman of the Hastings Opportunity Area.

Meddings was elected an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College in 2023.