Professor John Wyn Owen CB
Bevan Commission Member
Professor John Wyn Owen's Career has spanned public, private and charity sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally including the NHS, Civil Service, Chief Executive Service Australia.
After graduating at St John’s College, Cambridge, he entered the Ministry of Health’s 9th National Administrative Training Scheme at the King’s Fund Hospital Administrative Staff College in London followed by a period of planned movement in Wales with posts of increasing responsibility in hospital and health services administration.
In 1971, John was appointed to a joint post with the King’s Fund and St Thomas’s Hospital to look at the commissioning of health services research and in the 1974 NHS reorganization appointed as the first District Administrator St Thomas’ Hospital and Health District (Teaching).
A period followed as Director of UME (United Medical Enterprises) a UK Government established company working on health services development globally for governments and aid agencies including the World Bank and WHO. The Group obtained the Queens Award for Export Achievement in 1983.
In 1985, John returned to Wales as the first Director of the NHS in Wales, Chair of the Secretary of State’s Health Policy Board Executive Committee and Chair of the all Wales Health Services Authority.
In 1993, he was invited to take the position of Director General NSW State Health Ministry -Australia’s largest organization-and Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council.
He returned to the UK in 1997 as Secretary of the Nuffield Trust and integrated its grants, fellowships and publications to promote independent analysis and informed debate on UK Health policy taking a global perspective in particular on health security and Foreign policy.
Following retirement in 2005, John held various positions: Chair, UWIC, Cardiff’s Metropolitan University; Wales Board member and Chair of the Global Health Committee, Health Protection Agency; Chair Welsh Government’s Health Protection Committee; Foundation Fellow and Treasurer Learned Society of Wales; Vice Chair UK Health Forum; Chair 2013 UK Canada Colloquium on New Realities for Global Health; Senior Adviser Global Health Security InterAction Council; President, Johnians Society (Alumni), St John’s College, Cambridge
Honours: Fellow Faculty of Public Health and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; IOM member of US National Academy of Sciences (now) the National Academy of Medicine; Fellow Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities; Personal Chair University of Wales; Adjunct Professor, Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney; Professor College of Medicine, Swansea University; RSPH Professorial Fellow; D.Univ, University of Glamorgan (now South Wales); D.Sc. (City) London University; Companion of the Bath (CB)