Andrew Lansley, former UK Secretary of State for Health, has taken on a parttime role within the Healthcare Practice at Bain & Company. In his new role he will support the consulting firm advise clients on healthcare strategies, and improve its odds of gaining access to some of the £5.8 billion of NHS work that is commissioned to the private sector.
Andrew Lansley has worked for the conservative party for several decades, becoming a Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire in 1997, a position he held until May of this year. His history with politics started earlier however, when, in 1984, he became the Private Secretary for the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Further government related roles include that of Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce from 1987 until 1990, and Director of the Conservative Research Department from 1990 until 2005. As a Member of Parliament, he held the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Health for the UK Government from 2003 onwards, before ascending to the role of Secretary of State for Health in 2010. Starting 2012, up until 2014, Lansley was the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal. Today he is the Strategic Counsel for Low Associates and a Member of the House of Lords.
Lansley holds a BA in Politics from the University of Exeter, and is a privy Counsellor as well as a Commander of the British Empire.
Lansley’s new role at Bain & Company will be part-time within the firm’s Healthcare Practice, with the aim of assisting the firm to pick up a share of the “£5.8 billion of NHS work being advertised to private sector”. Lansley will in addition support strategic engagement delivery.
According to government rules, which in part aim to limit conflicts of interest, ex-ministers need to apply for permission to take up new positions following their official roles. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) cleared Lansley’s appointment; however, a number of conditions were imposed. The ACOBA states that “the committee sees no reason why Mr Lansley should not take up this appointment, subject to the following conditions: that he should not draw on any privileged information available to him from his time in Government; and for two years from his last day in ministerial office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Government on behalf of Bain & Company, their subsidiaries, partners or clients.”