Mark Butler | Good Governance Institute

Mark Butler

Director of Development (Partner)


Mark Butler is an expert in organisational strategy, governance and change.  He calls on over 25 years’ experience as chair, chief executive and director in health and social care, in the arts, in higher education, and in senior government roles.

After an early career in the NHS, including four years as a hospital chief executive, Mark joined the Scottish Government to lead on public sector change, pay reform and organisational development.  For four years he was Director of Human Resources for the NHS, and subsequently joined the First Minister’s Performance and Innovation Unit.

Mark left the Civil Service to join the University of St Andrews as its Secretary and Registrar.  In 2008 he set up The People Organisation Ltd, which provides services including strategic change, mediation and public engagement to help individuals and organisations resolve complex cultural problems in the UK and internationally.  A year later he co-founded Fontis, a social enterprise championing public involvement in public services, which he left in 2011.

Also in 2011, Mark started working with GGI as an independent advisor and began a close association with Edinburgh Napier University Business School that continues to this day.  In 2012, he joined the UK Pay Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, a three-year appointment.

Mark Butler