Ian R Smith

Ian SmithIan R Smith is chairman of the Four Seasons Health Care Group, the UK’s leading independent health and social care provider, with over 20,000 patients and residents across the country. He has previously been CEO of General Healthcare Group, comprising 70 hospitals in the UK. He published a book in 2007 called Building a World-Class National Health Service.

During his career, Mr Smith has been a CEO of Royal Dutch/Shell Group businesses in the Middle East; CEO of Reed Elsevier, an information company; CEO of Taylor Woodrow, the house-building and construction company; CEO Europe for Exel, the logistics and transportation group; and CEO of Monitor Company Europe, a strategy consulting firm. At Monitor Company he pioneered concepts in competitive strategy, national competitiveness and organisational behaviour (with Professors Michael Porter and Chris Argyris, both of Harvard Business School).

He has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard. He is an adjunct professor at Imperial College Business School, and an honorary professor at Salford University.

He served on the parliamentary review (the Hooper Review) of the Royal Mail that reported in December 2008, and in March 2010 he completed a parliamentary review (the Smith Review) on civil service relocation and regional strategy, which received full cabinet approval from Gordon Brown’s government. He worked with the “Quartet” on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process for two years to 2012.

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Professor Stephen K Smith (Dsc, FRCOG, FMedSci)

stephen-smithProfessor Stephen K Smith (Dsc, FRCOG, FMedSci) is the dean, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and chair, Melbourne Academic Centre of Health. Before taking up this position, Professor Smith was vice president (research) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and was the founding dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a joint school between NTU and Imperial College, London from August 2010 to July 2012.

Professor Smith was principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London from 2004 and was chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Trust since its inception, the largest such trust in the United Kingdom, with an annual turnover of £1 billion. The organisation was the UK’s first academic health science centre (AHSC), launched in October 2007 by the merger of Hammersmith Hospitals Trust with St Mary’s Trust and its integration with Imperial College, London.

His pioneering role in establishing the AHSC was recognised in the NHS Leadership Awards, where he was named Innovator of the Year in 2009. HSJ listed Professor Smith in its 2009 rankings of the top 30 most powerful people in NHS management policy and practice in England.

A gynaecologist by training, Professor Smith is active in research and has published over 230 papers on reproductive medicine and cancer. It was for his work in Cambridge on the complex gene pathways that regulate the growth of blood vessels in reproductive tissue that he was awarded his doctor of science in 2001. In addition to his academic and clinical work, he is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

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