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Phil Hufton

Managing Director


Over the last 10 years, Dr. Phil Hufton has worked in healthcare in both the government and private sectors in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has led the successful implementation and completion of several health services startup projects for overseas governments and investment authorities, with operating value of over $120 million; was a participant and contributor to the World Health Organization Expert Hospital Programme; and has secured contracts for health providers and businesses in the Middle East, Hong Kong, West Africa, and the Caribbean.

Representative examples of Dr. Hufton’s experience include:

  • Led on the design and implementation of the Cambridge University Health Partnership’s new Commercial and International Development Strategy, including designing and drafting the Commercial and Strategic Plan, redesigning services, and building commercial partnerships with public and private organisations.
  • At Central London Clinical Commissioning Group’s Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, worked with Cabinet Office Strategy and Transformation Team on the Whole Systems Project to develop a business case and associated services to gain approval to produce a service model for the delivery of a programme for people with serious and enduring mental Illness, for mental health and physical health needs.
  • At Gloucester Care NHS Trust, was responsible for the planning and design rollout of an interactive and accountable Policy Management System to comply with a foundling Care Trusts Care Quality Commission; Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) responsibilities; and reviewing, redesigning, and reimplementing Nursing and Care E-Rostering system. This involved consultation and stakeholder engagement, system redesign, and pilot rollout.
  • Worked with a strategic health LLP, healthcare partnerships, comprising NHS and private-sector organisations, managing feasibility projects for the design and implementation of Acute Service Step Down and Intermediate Care Units  and Services, using build and non-build solutions, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Involved looking at average length of stay, virtual wards, and patient hotel models, and how they could work within local health economies and delivery plans, as well as investment plans and network visions.

Dr. Hufton began his working career at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in the Household Cavalry, Combat Intelligence (Defence Intelligence Staff) and latterly with the United Nations. He was twice decorated for gallantry and work on humanitarian programmes before leaving to join the UK Health Service in the mid-1990s. He is a trustee of two international charities: one provides healthcare facilities in Rwanda and Uganda; the other offers mentoring, support, and training to health professionals in the third world.


  • University of Wales
    Ph.D., Philosophy in Health Services Management
  • University of Ireland
    M.Phil., Strategic Design
  • University of Wales
  • Royal Military College of Science
    B.Sc., Management Science
  • University of Washington
    Diploma, International Hospital Expert 
  • University College, UK
    Post-graduate Teaching Diploma 
  • Keele University
    Post-graduate Diploma, Business Continuity Planning
  • University College of Chester
    Higher National Diploma, Business and IT

Employment History

Cambridge University Health Partnership
International development director
2014 - 2016

UK Prime Minister's Challenge Fund
Cabinet office advisor

Gloucester Community Care Partnership
Development director
2013 - 2014

Health Partnership Projects
Development director
2007 - 2013

Humana Europe
Head of Bidding

BUPA Hospitals 
Commercial Bid lead
2006 - 2007

Artemis PE
Senior associate
2001 - 2004

TNS Group Communications
Development manager
1999 - 2001

Countess of Cheshire NHS Trust
Trauma Theatre team lead
1998 - 1999

HM Forces
Army officer
1985 - 1995


Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Public Relations
  • Royal Institute of Defense Studies
  • Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow
  • Institute of Healthcare Managers 
  • Institute of Management Consultants
  • Chartered Institute of Quality Assurance
  • International Institute of Strategic Studies

Community/Civic Activities

  • Link International Uganda, Trustee
  • Samiul Ahshan Healthcare Foundation, Bangladesh, Trustee
  • UK Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Foundation


Areas of Expertise