Darren Grayson | Good Governance Institute

Darren Grayson

Director of Delivery (Partner)


Darren Grayson is an expert in designing and delivering strategic improvement programmes for health and care systems. He has almost 30 years’ experience in the NHS, including 14 years as a chief executive of both commissioning and provider organisations.

In his NHS career Darren led strategic programmes across large and complex health and care systems including major reconfigurations of acute services, community services and mental health services. He has also had spells working for Strategic Health Authorities directing large-scale strategic change programmes, and in 2006 he was part of a team that reviewed the implementation of Public Service Agreements across Whitehall for the No 10 Delivery Unit. Darren has a particular interest in supporting organisations and health and care systems to collaborate to achieve improved outcomes for patients and taxpayers. He also has a passion for integrated governance, and for enabling organisations to improve the way they make and take decisions and improving the way their plans are delivered and monitored. As a NHS Chief Executive he led a large integrated community and acute services trust and believes that integrating primary, community and secondary health and care services can deliver significant benefits for patients. He thrives working with complex systems on challenging issues, facilitating stakeholders to think through solutions and design new ways of working together to tackle deep rooted problems.

Darren was an independent advisor to GGI for a year before becoming a Director in 2017. At GGI he has led a series of governance reviews of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts and CCGs, as well as a governance review of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He has also delivered board development programmes for NHS Trusts and CCGs and delivered governance improvement programmes across a range of private sector organisations. Darren has also led investigations for NHS organisations and the ECB.

Darren has Bachelors and Masters Degrees, a post-graduate Diploma in Health Services Management, and has completed the NHS Top Leaders programme.

Darren Grayson