Learning from failure

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

Increasing transparency and financial rigour is highlighting the precarious nature of a number of organisations across the NHS. Resolving longstanding difficult issues requires a combination of strong leadership, clear facts, and discussion and debate about future options. This session will explore lessons from previous examples of reconfiguration and failure. Participants will be able to engage in candid discussion and debate about reconfiguration. 

Penny Dash, Partner, McKinsey & Co, will speak at this session.


Dr Penny Dash

Dr Penny Dash is a Partner in the London office of McKinsey & Co.

Penny leads McKinsey’s work across EMEA in health systems strategy, focusing on the redesign of services in order to improve health, clinical outcomes and efficiency. 

Penny is also Vice-Chairman of The King’s Fund and co-founder of the Cambridge Health Network. From 2004 until 2006 she was a non-executive director of Monitor, the regulator of foundation trusts.

Penny has extensive experience in management consulting in a broad range of industries, and in health care management. She was head of strategy for the NHS from 1999 to 2001.

Penny started her career as a doctor. She has an MA from Cambridge, MB BS from London and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London. She obtained an MSc in Public Health Medicine before going to the USA to study for an MBA at Stanford University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. 

In 2011, Penny was awarded the ‘Advisor of the Year’ award from Health Investor Magazine.