The Nuffield Trust is sad to learn of the death of a former Secretary and Trustee, Professor John Wyn Owen CB, who served as Secretary to the Nuffield Trust from 1997 to 2005. Professor Wyn Owen had a long career in public service both in the UK and overseas. He was District Administrator for St Thomas’ Hospital in the 1970s and the first Director of the NHS in Wales from 1985. On his return from the New South Wales Health Department in 1997, he became Secretary of the Nuffield Trust, building a strong body of work on globalisation in health care, health care futures, public health and quality and safety. He also held professorial positions with the University of Wales and Swansea University; undertook extensive advisory work for WHO; and was appointed Companion, Order of the Bath in 1994.
Paying tribute to Professor Wyn Owen, Nuffield Trust Chair of Trustees Andy McKeon said:
“John Wyn Owen held a huge range of academic, advisory and leadership positions in the NHS in Wales, England and overseas. He brought that vast store of experience and knowledge to bear as Secretary to the Nuffield Trust. The range of work he commissioned while at the Nuffield Trust helped to build its reputation for groundbreaking and original research from which we continue to benefit today.”