Dame Una O’Brien DCB

Dame Una O’Brien DCB was the Permanent Secretary in the UK Department of Health from 2010-2016.

Prior to that, Una was the DoH’s Director General of Policy and Strategy, and before that she was the department’s Director of Provider Reform Policy.

She has 20 years’ experience of health policy and leading and managing change in health services. In the 1980s, she helped establish London Lighthouse, a pioneering third sector provider of services for people with HIV and AIDS.

Between 1998 and 2001, she was Secretary to the Bristol/Kennedy Inquiry, the largest public inquiry to date into the NHS. She has also been Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health and to the Secretary of State for Transport.