Mike Ponton, Visiting Professor

Mike Ponton Mike began working for the NHS in Cardiff in 1962. After a range of jobs in England starting in 1968 in St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and later in Leicester General Hospital, he returned to Wales in 1974 to manage Swansea’s Morriston Hospital. This started a 16 year long series of senior management roles in the West Glamorgan Health Authority, which culminated in a return to the newly developed Morriston Hospital as Unit General Manager in 1985. In 1990 he moved west and became Managing Director to the East Dyfed and Pembrokeshire Health Authorities.

In 1996, Mike was appointed Chief Executive to Health Promotion Wales and in 1999, was transferred to the Welsh Assembly Government. Initially his role as a Senior Civil Servant was to support the Chief Medical Officer on health promotion and public health policy. After leading the development of the Assembly’s strategy Improving Health in Wales he became Director of Health Policy and Development in the Assembly’s Heath and Social Services Department. In 2004, Mike became Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation and, on retirement after six years in this post, he joined the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care as a part time Senior Fellow retiring in 2012.

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Management, an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme and a Trustee of Age Concern Cymru and Help the Aged in Wales.