Lord Prior is Deputy Chairman UK and Global Senior Advisor at Lazard.
He was educated at Cambridge University and subsequently qualified
as a barrister. He trained in finance at Lehman Brothers and Lazard
Freres in New York before holding a number of senior positions within
the industrial sector, including British Steel, where he was
Commercial Director. He was elected MP for North Norfolk in 1997 and
became CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
He served as Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust from 2002 – 2012 before becoming Chairman of the
Care Quality Commission. In 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary
Under Secretary of State for Health and created a Life Peer. In
December 2016, he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of
State at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,
with specific responsibility for developing industrial strategy. He
stepped down from this role in October 2017 to become Chairman of
University College London Hospitals and subsequently became Chairman
of NHS England and a member of the UK Life Sciences Council from
November 2018 to March 2022.
He continues to advise the government on Life Sciences and is an
advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the
Department of International Trade’s healthcare international exports
work. He is also Chairman of Protas, a not for profit clinical
trials business, Chairs the Cambridge Life Sciences Council, and is a
member of the Novo Nordisk Sustainability Advisory Council.
"I passionately believe that the model of healthcare in the
developed world is irretrievably broken; it has become a late-stage
sick-care system with high costs and poor outcomes. We must move
rapidly towards prevention, prediction, early diagnosis and early treatment."