With a career spanning healthcare, publishing, construction, strategy consulting and logistics, Ian Smith has over 40 years’ experience leading highly complex multinational companies. He has been the Chief Executive of organisations ranging from FTSE 100 companies to professional partnerships.
Previously Executive Chairman of Four Seasons Heath Care and Chief Executive of the General Healthcare Group, he has an in-depth knowledge of the health care system and patient needs especially in terms of acute, psychiatric and elderly care. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Dementia (University of Salford) and has been Adjunct Professor for Imperial College London for over a decade. In 2015, he published Away from the past and to a sustainable future in the Health Service Journal with his brother, Professor Stephen Smith, outlining necessary reforms in the UK health and social care system.
Mr Smith has also served as a Parliamentary appointee in two Government Reviews. In 2010 he delivered the Smith Review which recommended the relocation of 30,000 civil servants out of London to strengthen regional economies. In 2007, he was a member of the Hooper Review on the future of the Royal Mail and the UK postal sector. Both Reviews received full Cabinet approval.
An Arabic-speaker, he began his business career with Shell in the Middle East, and more recently he worked in the diplomatic mission, the ‘Quartet’, on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process
Ian Smith holds a Master of Arts (MA) from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.