Anita Charlesworth

Industry expert

Anita Charlesworth

Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation

Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010-14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms. Prior to that she had roles as Chief Analyst at the DCMS and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007-10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998-2007), where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his 2002 reform of NHS funding and worked as an Economic Advisor at DH and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.  She has also worked as a non-executive director in the NHS – for Islington PCT (2007-2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011-2016). 

Anita routinely gives evidence to Select Committees and advises and contributes to work at the OECD, ONS, DH and NHS national bodies. This expertise was recognised most recently when the House of Lords appointed her as their specialist advisor for the work of the Select Committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. 

Anita has an MSc in Health Economics from York University and is a Trustee of Tommy’s, the baby charity. 

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