Duncan Selbie

Chief Executive

Public Health England

Duncan Selbie was appointed Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England (PHE) in July 2012 and as permanent Chief Executive on 1 April 2013, when PHE was officially established. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive government agency of the UK Department of Health, with scientific and technical expertise in different disciplines of public health. Duncan led the creation of PHE which brought together over 5000 public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single functioning public health service. As Chief Executive, Duncan leads the agency and is accountable for its strategy and operations, and the effective and efficient use of public funds. 

From 2007 to 2012 Duncan was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional acute teaching hospital for the south east of England. Prior to this he was the appointed the UK Department of Health’s first Director General of Commissioning (2006 to 2007) which followed three years service as the Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS (2003 to 2007). Duncan has previously held the post of Chief Executive at the South East London Strategic Health Authority (2002 to 2003) as well at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (1997 to 2002). He joined the National Health Service in 1980. 


Chair of the NHS Prevention Board 
Chair of the North East of England’s commission for health and social care integration 
Chair of the AMR Programme Board 
Member of CommonHealth Committee, a Commonwealth Secretariat health initiative 
Honorary Professor at the Robert Gordon University 
Vice President of the College of Medicine, London 
Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management