Michael Sobanja

Policy Director at NHS Alliance

Author of: What is commissioning?

An experienced senior executive, Michael Sobanja is also a management consultant, facilitator and trainer, with clients drawn mainly from the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry and local government. He is an advisor to, and non–executive director of, a number of commercial companies that operate in the health and heath care environment. He is currently the Policy Director of the NHS Alliance, having been the Chief Executive of the organisation since its inception in early 1998.

The Alliance is a national membership organisation for both organisations and individuals in primary care across the UK, with a key role in representation, development and dissemination of good practice.  He was also an originating board member of the European Forum for Primary Care and now a Special Advisor and Chair of Health Equality Europe, an organisation that focuses on health equality issues from a patient perspective. He has been a member of the UK Vision Strategy Advisory Group for the last three years.

A regular speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally, he writes for several national publications and is a member of a number of editorial and advisory boards. He works closely with a number of government agencies on the development and implementation of health policy.

Michael was previously a chief executive of a large Health Authority and has thirty years worth of management experience in the NHS and health care fields. A qualified member of the Institute of Healthcare Management, he also holds qualifications in Health Economics and the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.