Harry Brünjes

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Henry Otto Brünjes
Born(1954-10-15)15 October 1954
Norwich, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationBedford Modern School
Alma materSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School
Guy's Hospital Medical School
OccupationPhysician and businessman
Known forFounder of the Premier Medical Group

Dr. Henry (Harry) Otto Brünjes FRSocMed (born 15 October 1954), physician and founder of the Premier Medical Group. He has been a fellow and governor of the Expert Witness Institute since 2002, a Fellow of the Woodard Corporation since 2004, and a founding fellow and vice-president of The College of Medicine (2009).[1] He was chairman of Rapid Trauma and Assessment (2000–06), the Personal Injury Forum of Bupa (2004–07) and Newmans Clinics (2011–). He was made chairman of the English National Opera in 2015.[2][3]

Early life, education, and family[edit]

Brünjes was born in Norwich on 15 October 1954 and grew up around Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He is the son of Harry Brünjes of The Singing Scott Brothers; his mother was a teacher. His father was a headmaster at Alameda school. He was educated at Bedford Modern School, St Thomas's Hospital Medical School and Guy's Hospital Medical School. During his university career Brünjes worked as a professional pianist and television actor but abandoned entertainment to concentrate on medicine.[3][2]

Brünjes is married to the singer, dancer, choreographer and director Jacqueline Storey. They met while performing together at a show in Newquay. The couple have four children. Emma Brunjes, a prominent West End producer, is his daughter.[3][4][5]

Brünjes and his wife live at Folkington Manor. The couple bought the historic house, a Grade II listed property, in 2010 and then carried out a multi-million pound restoration. The house was opened for public tours in 2014. Brünjes and his wife have restored numerous other properties including Ovingdean Grange.[4][5]


Brünjes joined the Rottingdean practice in East Sussex in 1985. He became a senior partner after five years.[3]

In 1984 Brunjes was one of the junior hospital doctors in Casualty in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton on the night of the Grand Hotel IRA bomb blast.[6]

In 1995, Brünjes founded what would become Premier Medical Group after working in the NHS for 14 years. He founded Premier after noticing an increasingly large number of patients willing to pay for private healthcare. The practice started in a small office on Harley Street and took on the Premier Medical name in 1996. Brünjes started hiring additional doctors into is practice the same year. Premier continued to expand operations as sales grew. Speaking of the time Brünjes said, "It was a stretch financially. I took out loans with the banks and had my house on the line." In 2003, Jason Powell, head of innovation for Bupa, joined Premier as CEO. Brünjes worked with Powell to develop a strategy for further expansion through acquisitions instead of focusing on organic growth.[3]

Many of Premier's smaller acquisitions were funded via cash flow. In 2008, Brünjes led Premier's acquisition of Medico-Legal Reporting, a rival firm, with financing from the investment bank Nomura. Under his leadership the firm expanded to run 220 clinics across the United Kingdom. The business was sold in 2010 to Capita for £60 million; Brünjes remained as non-executive chairman after the sale.[7][8][2][3]

After the sale of Premier, Brünjes started work on other business opportunities including real estate. Prior to the sale of Premier, he had already spent 13 years restoring a listed manor house; he sold the house to comedian Steve Coogan for £2.4 million. In 2011, Brünjes established Woodsta, a venture capital fund specialising in healthcare. Woodsta acquired Dr Newman's Clinic, which specialises in treating thread veins. Brünjes immediately moved to expand Dr Newman's across the United Kingdom. Brünjes has expressed interest in investing in obesity and elderly care related ventures.[2][3]

Brünjes bought a controlling share of Premier Medical back from Capita in 2016. Capita retained some equity in Premier but has no operational control. Brünjes is working to expand the firm with a particular emphasis on the personal injury market.[9][10]

Since 2015 Brunjes has been Chairman of WARP, a medical software technology company.[11]

In recent years Brunjes has performed in a docudrama 'Dial Medicine for Murder'. This has involved two seasons at The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival and a national tour.[12]

Brünjes is a regular writer, broadcaster, and lecturer.[13][unreliable source?]

Non-profit work[edit]

Since 2015, Brünjes has been chairman of English National Opera (ENO). Brünjes was appointed to this position after the resignation of Martyn Rose. Brünjes had previously served on the ENO's board as a non-executive trustee for five years.[14][15]

Since 2012 he has been a member of the Southwark Cathedral Development Trust. He has also been Chairman of Lancing College since 2009 and was previously a governor of Bedford Modern School (2004–07). Brünjes has been a fellow and governor of the Expert Witness Institute since 2002, a fellow of the Woodard Corporation since 2004, a founding fellow of The College of Medicine (2009) and a former vice-president.[1]


  1. ^ a b College of Medicine Financial Accounts 2016, p12
  2. ^ a b c d Loizou, Kiki (20 May 2012). "How I Made It: Harry Brünjes, founder of Premier Medical". The Times. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g James, McKeigue (19 March 2013). "How the NHS sprung Dr Harry Brünjes to success". MoneyWeek. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Refurbished manor at Folkington opens". Eastbourne Herland. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "A look inside Folkington Manor near Polegate". Sussex Life. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  6. ^ Caines, Matthew (15 May 2017). "'What unites the disciplines I've worked in? Good communication'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Capita snaps up Premier Medical Group for £60 million in cash". Proactive Investor UK. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Capita Group PLC: Capita acquires Premier Medical Group". Bloomberg. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Premier Medical returns to the medical reporting market". Litigation Futures. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  10. ^ "'What unites the disciplines I've worked in? Good communication'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Founders Diaries: Introducing Premier Medical chairman Harry Brünjes". Real Business. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Dial Medicine for Murder". FringeReview. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Dr Harry Brunjes". College of Medicine. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  14. ^ Tilden, Imogen (21 January 2015). "Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Meet the Team: The ENO Board". The English National Opera. Retrieved 26 April 2017.