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Mark Newbold: Resilient, thoughtful, genuine

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3895 (Published 22 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3895

Biography

Mark Newbold is one of the small band of clinicians to have entered the world of top NHS management, becoming a chief executive in 2007 after 20 years as a histopathologist with a special interest in bowel disease. He resigned as chief executive of Heart of England NHS Trust in Birmingham at the end of 2014, commenting publicly that the “harsh and blame based” language used by the regulator, Monitor, undermines NHS leaders. A Leicester City fan with a passion for 1970s watches, he is also a champion of social media, tweeting regularly. He chairs the NHS Confederation’s Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People.

What was your earliest ambition?

As a boy I loved electronics and wanted to be an electrician, but once I studied human biology I thought that medicine would be a fascinating career. I wasn’t wrong.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I will admit to being hugely inspired by Lance Armstrong and his astonishing determination to overcome cancer and succeed. Taking his poster down from my office wall …

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