Dr. Paul Zollinger
Dr. Paul Zollinger-Read in July 2012 became Chief Medical Officer of Bupa. Paul studied medicine at Cambridge and then Guy’s hospital, qualifying in 1986. He then went on to train as a GP in Oxford before becoming a GP Principle in 1991, which continued until December 2011. He commenced his NHS management career during development of Fund Holding and spent some time working with the early NHS Modernisation Agency in 2002. He set up and became CEO of one of the first Care Trusts in the country, merging health and adult social care into one organisation.
Paul then went on to be CEO of the neighbouring PCT, Chelmsford, and developed experience of financial and service turnaround. In the 2006 NHS reorganisation, he was appointed as CEO of North East Essex PCT and was subsequently asked to run Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT. In January 2010 he became CEO of NHS Cambridgeshire and subsequently CEP of NHS Peterborough in July 2010. In July 2010 Paul was also asked to lead the development of GP consortia in the East of England, which expanded to cover the Midlands and East when SHAs clustered in Oct 2012. In February 2011 Paul joined the King’s Fund as Medical Advisor and Primary Care Advisor. In July 2011 Paul joined the East and Midlands Strategic Health Authority leading on the development of Clinical commissioning groups, (the current model of GP commissioning in the NHS). In July 2012 Paul joined Bupa as their Global Chief Medical Officer. His role essentially ensures that robust global systems of clinical governance are in place, that Bupa commission and provide services based on the latest clinical evidence and to ensure that they provide innovative models of care. Working with, and developing clinical relationships, is an important part of his role.
Paul is married with a daughter and son, both at university. His interests include photography, running and playing the piano.