About Penny

Penny Dash is a senior partner in McKinsey’s London office. A medical doctor by training, she leads our healthcare work across Europe.

Penny has substantial expertise in redesigning healthcare services in order to improve life expectancy, ensure high-quality services and reduce cost. She has worked on many aspects of health system/payor strategy, in particular initiatives to redesign care across care pathways, restructure or reconfigure providers to drive improvements in quality and cost, ensure a well-trained and efficient workforce and use competition and information to drive improvements in care. She serves hospitals to develop strategies for growth or for improved quality of care and has worked with a number of providers to transform their services to reduce the costs of care as well as improve quality.

Penny has worked with clients as diverse as local health systems, hospitals, start-up companies, and think tanks—predominantly in the UK, across Europe and in Australia.

Penny was previously the head of strategy for the National Health Service in the UK, where she developed the 2000 NHS Plan, which is still used today as a guide for policy direction.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, was vice-chairman of The King’s Fund from 2006-2015 and is a founder and director of the Cambridge Health Network. From 2004 to 2006 she served as a non-executive director of Monitor, the independent regulator of health foundation trusts in the UK.

Published work

New models of healthcare,” McKinsey & Company, April 2017

Using care pathways to improve health systems,” Health International, 2011, Issue 11 (PDF-828 KB)

Developing a regional health system strategy,” Health International, 2009, Issue 8 (PDF-597 KB)

Past experience

Department of Health (UK)
Head of strategy

BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
Manager/Associate partner

NHS (UK Healthcare System)


Stanford Business School
MBA, business administration

London School of Hygiene
MSc, Public health medicine

University College London
MBBS, Medicine

Cambridge University
MA, Medical sciences