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Dr Felicity Harvey CBE

Visiting Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London


Dr Felicity Harvey

Dr Felicity Harvey CBE is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.

She was Director-General of Public and International Health at the UK Department of Health between April 2012 and June 2016, when she retired. There she was part of the Department of Health senior team and an executive member of its board, leading the department’s public health teams. The role involved working closely with Public Health England, the National Health Service Commissioning Board and local government.

Prior to this she was Director of the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit; Head of the Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group at the Department of Health; Director of Prison Health at Her Majesty’s Prison Service; Head of Quality Management at NHS Executive; and Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Harvey qualified in medicine in 1980, specializing in medical microbiology. She was later seconded to Henley Management College to study for an international MBA.