Kiran Bali has been appointed as non-executive member of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body with responsibility for quality and public and patient engagement.
Kirklees born and bred, Kiran is well known locally for her active involvement in community cohesion work. Her efforts over the past 19 years have been recognised with an MBE and she is currently chairperson of the United Religions Initiative – the largest international interfaith organisation and has addressed the United Nations.
The youngest Magistrate on the Kirklees Bench, Kiran has also served as an Independent member on the West Yorkshire Police Authority and as a Director for a host of community organisations at local, national and international level.
Chris Dowse, Chief Officer of NHS North Kirklees CCG, said: “ We’re really delighted to have Kiran Bali joining our Governing Body. She has specific expertise and experience around patient and public engagement, as well as a sound knowledge of our local community and we’re sure she will contribute a great deal to our efforts to create a local NHS which meets our patients’ needs.”
Commenting on her appointment, Kiran said: “ I see my role as an opportunity to effectively engage with and represent the views of our rich and diverse communities, based on an ongoing, two-way dialogue. By creating opportunities for their empowerment in the CCG, I will ensure that patient and public expectations and experiences are used to influence commissioning strategy and decisions.”