Two senior appointments for CHEC

The community healthcare provider has appointed Tim Knockton as new group chief financial officer and James Wilson as chief technology officer

Two headshots have been edited side-by-side. Tim Knockton wears a dark navy suit jacket with blue shirt, and James wears charcoal grey with a black shirt

Community healthcare provider, CHEC, has made two new appointments to its leadership team.

Tim Knockton has joined in the position of group chief financial officer, while James Wilson has taken on the role of chief technology officer.

Imran Rahman, CEO of CHEC, shared that the new appointments would help the firm to “achieve our ambitions in the short and long term.”

Knockton joined CHEC from his most recent role as finance director for Arc Inspirations, and has previously held a number of senior finance and board roles in small and medium enterprises.

With a background in fast-moving consumer goods, Knockton’s previous roles have included working in senior finance and supply chain management for KP Snacks, and 10 years in management consultancy and finance transformation for EY.

Knockton said of his new role: “CHEC is accelerating its operations quickly, making it a really exciting time to join the business. My ambition is to build on what is already an amazing foundation, ensuring we can scale proficiently while making a truly positive impact on communities around the country.”

Wilson brings an entrepreneurial background to his role, having launched a software and consultancy company in the early 2000s. After growing the company for 14 years, Wilson exited the business following its sale and moved to Bibby Financial Services as enterprise architect, progressing to the role of global head of strategy and innovation.

In 2020, Wilson started a regulatory technology business which was acquired when he joined Red Flag Alert as chief technology officer, where he remained for three years until his appointment at CHEC.

Commenting on his new position, Wilson shared: “Technology is so intrinsically linked to experience, I want to make sure the services sitting behind CHEC compel our referrers – GPs, optometrists and NHS Trusts – to work with us at every opportunity.”

“My aim is to ensure we’re delivering such a high-quality technological solution that we differentiate ourselves in the market, as a provider of seamless interactions whether that’s appointment booking, clinical assessments, or as part of our aftercare,” he continued.

CHEC will have a number of new clinics to mobilise in the next 12 months, “all of which will rely on a frictionless digital journey,” Wilson said, adding: “CHEC is growing rapidly, and my aim is to ensure technology underpins every part of our future success.”

Rahman welcomed the new appointments, sharing: “To add two new team members with such high calibre experience and vast knowledge in their specialisms is a big moment for us.

“Both are already having a big impact on the organisation and having them support the C-Suite at a senior level will be a privilege.”

Lead image: Tim Knockton (left), and James Wilson (right).