Duane Passman

Joint Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Group



Duane, originally an Astrophysicist, has worked on major investment programmes and projects in the NHS for almost 35 years utilising public funding and PFI. He has worked on some of the largest projects in the NHS, being directly involved in well over £1 billion of investment to date. He has also spent some time as a management consultant in the private sector.

Duane’s projects include the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, various developments at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, the redevelopment of Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds, the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary, the award-winning £238m Queen’s Hospital in Romford, the redevelopment of the North Middlesex Hospital and led the 3Ts programme in Brighton for almost 12 years from SOC into construction.

Duane was also Head of Capital Investment for the NHS in London from 2001 to 2007 and provided advice, guidance and support to all elements of the NHS capital investment portfolio across the capital.

Duane joined West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in July 2020. The redevelopment of the Trust’s estate is one of the “Pathfinder” wave of the New Hospital Programme.

He was also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment at London South Bank University and also at the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford.

He has published and presented widely on healthcare planning and capital investment in the UK and internationally. His particular interests are leadership of major programmes, innovation in service design, procurement, design and construction and ways in which the NHS can contribute to wider sustainable development.

Duane is a graduate of the Cabinet Office’s Major Project Leadership Academy programme and has been a Gateway Reviewer for High Risk major programmes and projects since 2003. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estates Management and serves on the Institute’s Conference Organising Committee and Equality & Diversity Committee.

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