Prof Gary A Ford CBE is Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford AHSN. Gary has led the adoption of innovation in stroke care for many years. He remains a practising clinician as a Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He was Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Stroke Research Network from 2005-2014. In addition, Gary is Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to research in stroke medicine.