As of December 2014 I am enjoying a period of independent working after more than 7 years as an acute hospital Chief Executive. I am pursuing a portfolio of consultancy and university work, maintaining my interests in leadership support and development, particularly for doctors, and in hospitals and how they develop in the coming years


I am Trustee of the NHS Confederation, an organisation I am committed to as the voice of all parts of our NHS. I chair the Hospitals Forum, and I am working to ensure that the Confed continues to reflect the needs of acute Trust members as we move into an era of system level change and leadership


I am Honorary Professor of Health Leadership at Aston University, and also a Governor and member of Council. I am busy supporting the creation of the innovative new Aston Medical School, which will be founded on the principles of widening participation and bringing social benefit to parts of the Birmingham conurbation with poor health outcomes


I am also able to offer consultancy support through Mark Newbold Consulting Ltd, and will soon be reshaping this website to incorporate this


I am also Senior Associate at Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, where I am part of a team providing a wide range of management training and support to medics, and I am Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham


I remain a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and I am a Patron of the Saving Lives, a national HIV awareness charity


I graduated from Birmingham University Medical School and started life as a histopathologist in the NHS, working as a consultant in two Midlands hospitals. My particular interests were gastrointestinal disease and cytology – latterly I was involved in the national bowel cancer screening programme development. I came into management through a range of clinical management posts, and the West Midlands aspiring CEO programme. In 2007 I gave up clinical medicine to become CEO at Kettering General Hospital, and then moved to Birmingham to become CEO of Heart of England NHS FT in summer 2010


My particular passion is the creation of a more open and engaging style of hospital management, and the use of social media to facilitate and develop this. I am very interested in exploring new models of hospital service provision through collaboration and community integration


My LinkedIn profile is here, and you can follow me on Twitter here