Former M&S boss to advise Government on NHS

The former boss of Marks & Spencer is to advise the Government on how to turn around failing hospitals, the Health Secretary has announced.

Sir Stuart Rose will work on attracting and retaining top leaders to help transform the culture in under-performing hospitals.

Sir Stuart Rose is to advise the Government on the NHS. Credit: Press Association

He will examine ways to recruit talent from inside and outside the NHS and make leaders more visible to patients and staff, Jeremy Hunt said.

Sir Stuart, who left M&S in 2010 and is chairman of Ocado, will particularly look at the problems facing the 14 NHS trusts currently in special measures. He will not be paid for the role.

Sir Stuart said: "Clearly the NHS is a very different institution from M&S, but leadership, motivating staff and creating a culture where people are empowered to do things differently are crucial to the success of any organisation, and I'm looking forward to helping in any way I can."