London: KPMG has strengthened its position in the increasingly competitive world of healthcare consulting with the appointment of one of the UK NHS's most recognised executives, Malcolm Lowe Lauri.
Lowe Lauri will join the firm's Global Centre of Excellence in Healthcare on 1st September 2012; he will initially support clients across Australia and the UK, before expanding his remit to work across the 150 countries in which KPMG operates.
Lowe Lauri's move to KPMG underlines the growing influence of senior UK healthcare policy figures in global healthcare strategy; it comes just weeks after Deloitte launched the Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions — a new research hub for the healthcare and life sciences industry, led by Karen Taylor, the former Director of Health Value for Money at the National Audit Office.
Lowe Lauri brings 32 years of experience working across the health service. He spent 17 years as a CEO at Peterborough Hospitals Trust, Kings College Hospital Foundation Trust and, most recently, at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. KPMG says he has deep experience of policy, strategy and operations.
Lowe Lauri will be based in Sydney and London and will join partners from a physician executive, clinical professional and general management back-ground in KPMG's Global Centre of Excellence in Healthcare.
Andrew Hine, partner and head of public health for KPMG UK, said, "Malcolm's huge achievements in the NHS can help our clients with the pressing issues they face today.
"His strategic and operational experience, coupled with his commitment to quality, will help us build our practice and serve clients better".
Shane Solomon, leader of the health practice in KPMG Australia and former CEO of the Hong Kong Health Authority welcomed Lauri's appointment.
"I'm familiar with Malcolm's work and know that he will apply his skills and experience to Australian healthcare reform", he said
"These are both exciting and challenging times for Australia and global 'know-how' will be vital if we are to maintain our reputation as one of the highest performing health systems in the world".
Lowe Lauri himself commented, "I've always wanted to apply the skills and experience I have developed in the NHS across a global canvass. I hope to help clients successfully address some of the most pressing issues health systems face. I've met the global team and am excited about the opportunity".