Richard Harding is the new health service administrator for the North Okanagan at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Harding first joined the Interior Health Authority in February 2014 as the health services director at VJH.
He has a diverse background, including 24 years as a combat medical technician and nursing officer with the British military.
Among his deployments were Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Bosnia and Kenya.
When not on deployment, he worked in various roles with the National Health Service Military collaboration at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and various Ministry of Defence hospital units in Britain.
“In moving to Vernon, I have embraced the opportunity to learn the Canadian and B.C. health care systems and I am passionate about education, quality improvement and patient safety,” he said.
“I am looking forward to filling the big shoes left by previous leadership at VJH.”