Global Business School for Health


Mark Britnell joins UCL’s Global Business School for Health

23 March 2023

UCL welcomes global healthcare expert Mark Britnell as a Professor at GBSH. In his new role, he will make a teaching and careers advisory contribution to our MBA Health programme.

Mark Britnell, Professor GBSH UCL, Healthcare Expert

We are excited to announce that Professor Mark Britnell is joining UCL with more than three decades of experience as a global healthcare leader.

Director, Professor Nora Colton said:

“In the first year of UCL GBSH we’ve made an incredible impact in changing the future of healthcare management. We’ve made strong bridges between the public and private health sector to find solutions that face patients the world over, and have trained professionals with the skills to tackle healthcare crises. Mark, with his practitioner experience, joining is another step forward for our School, and we’re so glad to have him and his extensive expertise on board.”

Professor Britnell was most recently a vice chairman at KPMG UK and previous roles have included director general at the Department of Health, Member of the NHS Management Board, and member of the World Economic Forum Global Health Council. Alongside his position at GBSH, he will continue in his roles as adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and trustee of the Kings Fund.

Professor Britnell began as a visiting professor at UCL GBSH last year. In his new role he will make a teaching and careers advisory contribution to the school’s pioneering MBA Health programme, the first MBA dedicated to healthcare. Drawing on his years of professional experience, he will also be supporting UCL GBSH’s executive education and development training programmes, which are designed to support global healthcare leaders in achieving strong leadership training. 

UCL GBSH was set up in 2021, as the pandemic highlighted the problems faced by health systems around the world. GBSH brings together industry leaders and cross-disciplinary academics, and acts as a centre for excellence, to generate new ideas and to improve patient care. The founding principle of GBSH is a fresh approach, which brings together the best of business and healthcare.

Professor Mark Britnell said:

“Healthcare as we know it is changing before our eyes and becoming more complex. We need talented leaders trained in exactly the skills that UCL GBSH brings forward. I’m looking forward to bringing my decades of experience of leading healthcare all over the world to this fantastic organisation. UCL GBSH is a disruptor, and I’m proud to be a part of transforming the way the world sees healthcare management education.“