Sir Malcolm was appointed founding chairman of NHS England when it was set up as an independent body in 2011, and recently completed a 7 year term. He was previously the President and Provost of University College London (UCL) for 10 years, through a period that saw significant growth and a soaring international reputation, particularly in medical and life sciences: by the end of his term, UCL was ranked 5th in the world in the QS global university league tables.
He is currently (honorary) Chancellor of the University of York, and had previously been Pro Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University.
Sir Malcolm was born in Oamaru, New Zealand, and studied law at the University of Otago. He was a law professor successively at Southampton, UCL and Cambridge, specialising in environmental, planning and property law, with extensive publications in these specialties. He is a barrister and Bencher of Middle Temple. He is married to Chris, a medical doctor, and they have 3 children (one of them a director of Cancer Research UK) and 5 grandchildren.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of Clare College Cambridge. He has chaired the Local Government Commission for England, the UK’s Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission on Genetic Modification, and the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. He has served as a director of Genomics England Ltd, and is currently a trustee of Somerset House, President of the Campaign for At-Risk Academics (CARA) and an expert adviser to the governments of France and Russia, and to universities in the USA, UK and Australia, on higher education.