Mark Butler – Career Profile

Mark has achieved success in a wide variety of senior executive and non-executive positions, during a high-profile career spanning over 25 years.

In 20 years on Boards in the NHS he established a reputation for innovation in tackling significant change projects in difficult circumstances.

 His achievements include;

  • delivering one of the first Private Finance deals in the NHS, worth £300m (whilst Chief Executive at Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust (turnover £55m)
  • securing two national awards for the involvement of the local community in the design of the new Derbyshire Children’s Hospital
  • introducing clinical and organisational change programmes into one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK - University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust (turnover £200m, 5,000 staff)

 As a senior civil servant from 2001 to 2005 Mark took on the challenge of public sector reform and policy development, firstly as the Director of Human Resources for the Health Service in Scotland and then by directing national change programmes in the Performance and Innovation Unit of the Scottish Executive.

Mark went on to become the Secretary and Registrar at the University of St Andrews, then ranked Number 3 University in the UK, where he was responsible for introducing modern management practices and shaping a new strategic direction in support of its 600th Anniversary.

 He is currently a Director of the Good Governance Institute, the leading independent specialist committed to developing governance in the UK.   He set up Fontis, a social enterprise dedicated to inspiring public involvement in public service changeand was a co-founding Director and was an Associate of the Centre for Public Scrutiny .  

He is closely linked as Associate Director to the Edinburgh Institute of Leadership And Management Practice based at Edinburgh Napier University, where he contriubtes to teaching programmes internationally.  

Mark is well-known as a writer and speaker on work, people and change.  He contributed a regular column to People Management for 5 years as well as appearing regularly in other national media.

Mark works closely with Professor June Andrews, author of the best-selling Dementia, the One Stop Guide, on a series of innovative and disrutive projects inclduing runnning the first ever Dementia Festival of Ideas and writing DIAMetric, a blog exploring the way the arts and media frame dementia in society.

Mark has held a number of non executive roles including;

  • Chairman of the charity Arts for All (for seven years)
  • Board member of the Scottish Leadership Foundation
  • Non-Executive Director of the Countess of Huntingdon Hall (the main performing arts space in Worcestershire)
  • Advisor to the public affairs organisation Myles Communications.

Mark holds a first degree from Oxford, a postgraduate management qualification and a specialist diploma in healthcare management.  Mark is also fully-qualified in dispute resolution.

He is an active and respected contributor to undergraduate and post-graduate leadership and management programmes.