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 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, Chair of the Cambridge Life Sciences Council and
Tympa Health and is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees
and 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."