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Sir Richard Sykes London NHS


Chairman NHS London


Chairman of the Royal Institution


Chairmanof |UK Stem CELL foundation


Executive Chairman Toumaz Technology

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Chairman of NHS London 2008 – 2010. Resigned 5 minutes after the interview!

Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline the world’s second largest drugs company.

He was appointed Non-Executive Director at Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), part of Toumaz.

Between January 2001 and July 2008, Sykes was the Rector of Imperial College, London.

Born 1942. In 1994, he was knighted for his services to the pharmaceutical industry.


PhD in Microbial Biochemistry.


Supported lifting the £3,000 cap on tuition fees and instead allowing the universities to set fees at anything up to £10,000.

Toumaz Holding Company including Toumaz Technology Ltd and Eurasian Natural Resources Company (ENRC) was established to build a portfolio of investments in the nanotechnology sector and its main country of operation is Switzerland.

In March 2006 his salary became the centre of attention amongst Imperial College staff and students after the students' union newspaper, FELIX, published a front-page article highlighting how much he was paid. Sir Richard received a salary £305,000 a year, the second highest among university principals.

At the centre of a storm surrounding ENRC's controversial purchase of disputed mining rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "All the good assets are in Africa. Of course it's uncomfortable [doing business in Africa], it's even uncomfortable in South Africa," he said.


Shortly after the interview here, he resigned from London NHS. In a letter to the new Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Sykes said it made "no sense" for him to continue, because "our visions of healthcare delivery bear so little in common".


To see the interview with Sir Richard Sykes carried out only minutes before he quit the NHS, then get the DVD.

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