Successful appointment: Defence Medical Services

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Peter Homa has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of the Defence Medical Services (DMS), to drive forward its ambitious transformation agenda; he will be responsible for ensuring the safe, efficient and effective delivery of healthcare to Army, Navy and RAF personnel across the globe, overseeing over 6,700 specialist clinicians, and over 13,400 staff.

This role was particularly interesting to support due its high profile, senior leadership level, scale and complexity of the operation. Previously, the role has been held by internal military officers, holding the title of Surgeon General; from the outset, we were briefed to broaden the search outside of the organisation and into the health sector. Not only did the transformational change ambitions set this role apart but an external appointment would be the first made, at this level, in the organisation.  It made for a highly challenging and motivational career opportunity for potential candidates. 

We searched extensively across the health sector, utilising our sector experts across our Health and Central Government Practices, to produce a high calibre shortlist of both military and civilian applicants. To provide additional insight into candidate suitability and aid decision making, our Leadership & Talent Consultancy team integrated GatenbySanderson assessment tools into the process. The nature of the appointment and the decision to appoint an external candidate led to an extended process it was essential that we maintained candidate engagement throughout. It was a privilege for us to have been part of the successful recruitment of Peter Homa, who comes into the role from a career outside the Ministry of Defence.

The Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence commented on Peter’s appointment: 

“Peter brings with him a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and leadership to this new role. As Chair of the NHS Leadership Academy, and with experience in leading three NHS Trusts, he is well placed to lead the transformation of the Defence Medical Services.”

On his new appointment, Peter said: 

“I leave the NHS Leadership Academy with a mixture of sadness and excitement for my next challenge. Supporting and developing today’s leaders and enthusing and inspiring those of tomorrow has been humbling and fulfilling. It is a privilege for me to join the Defence Medical Services and serve those who valiantly serve the nation. I will maintain close relationships with the NHS and NHS Leadership Academy, and wish colleagues well as they continue to develop outstanding leaders across health and care systems for the benefit of patients, their loved ones and staff.”