Paul Zollinger-Read

Chief Medical Officer

About Paul Zollinger-Read

In July 2012 Paul became the Chief Medical Officer of Bupa, where he is responsible for all clinical policies and decisions, including safety and quality, across Bupa’s global businesses. He also leads the newly formed Bupa CMO Network, a group of chief medical officers from some of the world’s largest organisations working in collaboration to improve the health of the world.

Paul studied medicine at Cambridge and then Guy's Hospital, qualifying in 1986. He went on to train as a GP in Oxford before becoming a GP Principle in 1991, until December 2011.

He commenced his NHS management career during the development of Fund Holding and spent some time working with the early NHS Modernisation Agency in 2002. He set up and became CEO of one of the first Care Trusts in the country, merging health and adult social care into one organisation.

Paul then went on to be the CEO of the neighbouring PCT, Chelmsford, and developed experience of financial and service turnaround. In the 2006 NHS reorganisation, he was appointed as CEO of North East Essex PCT and was subsequently asked to run Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT. In January 2010 he became CEO of NHS Cambridgeshire and subsequently CEO of NHS Peterborough in July 2010.

In July 2010 Paul was also asked to lead the development of GP consortia in the East of England, which expanded to cover the Midlands and East when SHAs clustered in Oct 2012.

In February 2011 Paul joined the King's Fund as Medical Adviser and Primary Care Adviser.

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