David Bennett (consultant)

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David William Bennett (born 3 August 1955) is a consultant, public policy analyst, and the former Chief Executive of Monitor, the regulator of the National Health Service (NHS) in England. He was appointed Chief Executive and Chair in February 2011.[1] He had been Monitor's Interim Chief Executive since March 2010.[2]

He was previously Head of the Policy Directorate in Number 10 Downing Street, serving between June 2005 and July 2007, when he was replaced after Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as Prime Minister. Bennett was previously at the management consultancy firm, McKinsey & Company, in a 20-year career.

In April 2011 he was named as the highest paid employee (£282,500) in the English NHS.[3] His salary (£230,000) was the highest in the NHS in 2013.[4]

He was said by the Health Service Journal to be the eighth most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013.[5] As of 2015, Bennett was paid a salary of between £230,000 and £234,999 by Monitor, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[6]

In July 2014, Bennett’s roles at Monitor were criticised by the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons (PAC), which noted: “It is wholly inappropriate that the same person acted as both Chair and Chief Executive of Monitor between March 2011 and January 2014. This was contrary to corporate governance good practice and Monitor's own guidance to NHS foundation trusts”.[7]

The chief executive posts at Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority are to be merged, and Bennett has said he will step down in due course.[8]


  1. ^ The Guardian, 18 February 2011, Tony Blair adviser to be next NHS regulator
  2. ^ Monitor, 2 March 2010, David Bennett appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Monitor
  3. ^ "Named: the highest NHS fat cat earners". Daily Telegraph. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Public sector chiefs' pay revealed: the 800 mandarins and quangocrats who earn over £100,000". Daily Telegraph. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  7. ^ House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (2014) “Public Accounts Committee - Fourth Report. Monitor: regulating NHS Foundation Trusts”, Conclusions and Recommendations (9), Prepared 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014
  8. ^ "TDA and Monitor to share single chief executive". Public Finance. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.