United Kingdom


  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 28/10/2010

Profile: Dr Mark Britnell, Global Head of Health 

Mark leads KPMG's Health practice in the UK and Europe. He joined KPMG in 2009 as Partner following 20 years of distinguished international health service experience across a broad range of leadership positions. 
Mark's ambition for KPMG's health practice in the UK is to support the NHS as it rises to the challenge of reducing costs while maintaining and improving services. Mark leads KPMG's team of professionals who have worked closely with the DH, the SHAs, hospital and mental health trusts, commissioners and community service providers, and are positioned to help them achieve their objectives and meet the needs of patients and citizens.

Mark has developed operational, strategic and policy expertise at every level of the NHS and DH and sat on the NHS Management Board.  Through his career Mark has led radical service and estate strategies; led a clinically high performing 3 star NHS trust and developed innovative strategies with strong clinical leadership. He signed the second largest PFI hospital in the UK, taking the process from outline business case to contract signature. 

Mark helped develop the NHS Plan and reform agenda for the NHS and led policy on primary care reform, improvements in GP access, public and patient engagement, integrated care and community services. He developed DH innovation policy and sizeable innovation funds as part of Lord Darzi's Next Stage Review; and developed world class commissioning, system management and the creation of the Competition and Co-operation Panel.

Mark joined the NHS Management Training Scheme in 1989. He was seconded into the civil service fast stream at the Department of Health before joining St Mary's, London. He subsequently became a Board director at Central Middlesex Hospital before joining University Hospital Birmingham, becoming its chief executive in 2000. In 2006, Mark became the chief executive of South Central Strategic Health Authority and was invited to become the first ever Director General for Commissioning & System Management at the Dept of Health (DH) in 2007.

Mark has the following qualifications and fellowships: BA (Hons), DSci (Hon) and DUni (Hon), is Senior Associate Kings Fund and Senior Fellow in Health Service Management at the University of Birmingham.


Mark Britnell


Head of Healthcare, UK & Europe,

020 7694 2014 | mark.britnell@kpmg.co.uk


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