Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen

Andrew Vallance-Owen

Current position: Former Bupa Group Medical Director and Bupa Foundation Deputy Chair

Course: MBChB, Medicine, 1976


This mentor may be of interest to Medical students, or those with interest in careers in health.


Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen graduated from the Birmingham Medical School in 1976 and was Chair of the Guild Trustee Board 2011-2013 . During his time at the University of Birmingham, Dr Vallance-Owen was President of the Guild of Students (1974/1975). A trained surgeon, he then joined the staff of the British Medical Association - he was Scottish Secretary and then became Head of Policy and a spokesman for both the BMA and the medical profession. Dr Vallance-Owen has recently retired from BUPA, where he was accountable for the safety and quality of care of BUPA’s 11 million customers. At BUPA he maintained an external profile; he is a keen advocate of improved doctor-patient communications, measurement of clinical performance and shared decision making. Dr Vallance-Owen now has a number of non-executive roles in education and in both NHS and private healthcare. He has also been promoting UK healthcare plc in developing markets overseas through his involvement in Healthcare UK based at UK Trade and Industry in Whitehall.

Quotes from mentees

  • The perfect antidote to the after-effects of the previous few days of exams and a great way to re-invigorate my passion for my career.
  • Andrew and I bonded over discovering that we both use the same action point and action grid method to run committees and best ensure efficiency. Might not sound exciting, but I think it showed I had a similar attitude, albeit at a much smaller scale, towards management.
  • We also discussed the lighter side of life and the fact that we are both connected to the Society of Apothecaries (it’s a relatively small group, so you don’t often meet a fellow “apothecary”). In fact Andrew has invited me to attend one of the white tie Livery Dinners at Apothecaries Hall, where I will get to meet a host of people from the world of medicine