Dr David Bennett


Following an 18-year career with McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior partner, David moved to work for Prime Minister Tony Blair as Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and the PM’s Strategy Unit in 2005. In these roles one of his main tasks was to drive the public sector reform agenda begun earlier in the Government’s tenure, with a particular focus on healthcare.

On leaving Number 10, and following several years advising a number of NHS organisations, David was appointed as Chief Executive of Monitor, the economic regulator for healthcare in England. In this role David’s responsibilities included regulating competition in the health sector, alongside the Competition and Markets Authority, setting prices for NHS services, and overseeing the 153 foundation trusts responsible for delivering NHS care to the public.

Since leaving this position in 2015, David has chaired several healthcare businesses. Currently, he is Chairman of Viapath LLP – the market-leading provider of pathology services to the NHS. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London.

"The continuing provision of high-quality healthcare in the face of many social, demographic and technological changes is a major challenge for countries throughout the developed world. I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to Reform’s programme of work on the challenges faced in the UK and how they might be addressed going forward.​"