On 31 July 2012, the NMC appointed Mark Addison as their new Chair. He will take up the post in the autumn and the appointment will initially be for 18 months. He joins the NMC from his previous role as a non-executive Director at the National Archives. Prior to that role he held a number of senior positions in the civil service including the Crown Prosecution Service where he was the Chief Executive from 1998 to 2001. Commenting on the appointment, Mark Addison said: “Addressing the findings of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence report will be a big challenge. But that report makes clear that the organisation is moving in the right direction and that the staff have the ability and motivation to manage these changes and emerge stronger. That gives a strong platform on which to build.”