National Health Service History
|Sir Derek Wanless (1947
Sir Derek Wanless, who carried out the Health Trends Review at the request of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was a Commissioner with the Statistics Commission, and a non-executive Director of Northern Rock plc and of Forces Group Limited.
He worked for NatWest Bank for thirty years. As executive responsible for NatWest’s card business he led the team which invented Switch, the UK’s debit card scheme. He was the first Chairman of the MasterCard and Eurocard (UK and Republic of Ireland) Forum Ltd, which he helped to establish in 1989. Derek was Group Chief Executive of NatWest for seven years until he was ousted as chief executive of NatWest in October 1999, after the bank fell prey to a hostile takeover.
He was Chairman of the Financial Services National Training Organisation and a Trustee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He has worked extensively in charitable and semi-governmental organisations, and is now, he a non-executive director of small bank Northern Rock. He is also a Commissioner at the Statistics Commission and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He was an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, a qualified Statistician and Banker and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard.
In April 2002, he produced the report Securing our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He continued his advisory work for Government in October 2002 when he agreed to advise the Welsh Assembly Government in its review of health and social care. He undertook further work for the UK Government and in February 2004 published Securing Good Health for the Whole Population. In 2007 he led a review commissioned by the King's Fund into the effects of increased funding of the NHS.
He received a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours List, 2005, and died in 2012..