St John Cymru Wales Chancellor is Knighted by the Queen

Monday, 03 October, 2011

St John Wales' Chancellor, Paul Williams, has been Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen today Tuesday, 4 October, 2011, at an Investiture held at Windsor Castle.

Paul Williams, 63, of Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, received his Knight Bachelor for services to Wales as the former Director-General for Health and Social Services and Chief Executive of NHS Wales.

Sir Paul joined the NHS as a clerk at the Welsh Hospital Board in 1966. Later in his career he became successively: Assistant District General Manager of Mid Glamorgan Health Authority, Chief Executive of Bridgend NHS Trust, Chief Executive of Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust, and Chief Executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust. He was Chair of NHS Staff College Wales, 1995-2001, and appointed Director General for Health & Social Services and Chief Executive of NHS Wales starting in November 2008.

He is also a past President of the Institute of Healthcare Management.
Sir Paul was appointed Chancellor of St John Cymru Wales in May 2011 and will be installed as Chancellor at a special service taking place at Brecon Cathedral on Saturday, 22 October.

Sir Paul was also High Sheriff for the County of South Glamorgan in 2007/2008 and appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant in 2010. He is a keen fly fisherman and a member of Glamorgan Cricket Club.
Commenting on his Knighthood from Her Majesty: 'I am deeply honored to be Knighted today and look back with great affection and pride on my 45 years in the NHS. I am delighted that I can apply my experience and energy to serving St John Cymru Wales as its Chancellor.'

Sir Paul paid tribute to his wife Glenys (Lady Williams) for her unstinting support during his career.

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