Anita Charlesworth

Health Services Management Centre
Honorary Professor

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Professor Anita Charlesworth CBE joined the Health Foundation in 2014, where she is currently Director of Research and Economics. She was formerly Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust for four years where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms.

Anita was Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport from 2007 to 2010. Prior to this, she was Director of Public Spending at the Treasury from 1998-2007, where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his reform of NHS funding in 2002. Anita has a Masters in Health Economics from York University and has worked as an Economic Advisor in the Department of Health and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals in the UK and USA. She has been an non-executive director in the NHS at Islington PCT and the Whittingdon Health NHS Trust.

In 2016, Anita was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Long-term sustainability of the NHS, chaired by the Lord Patel KT.  Anita is a Trustee of Tommy’s, the baby charity.

Anita’s contribution to economics and health policy was recognised in 2017 by the award of a CBE. Professor Charlesworth took up the title of Honorary Professor at the University in 2017 to provide her specialist expertise to the Health Services management Centre (HSMC) and the University of Birmingham in areas such as health and social care financing and funding, the economics of health reform, and future scenarios for public services in times of financial austerity. 

Contact via Judith Smith