Mike Farrar


Mike is a highly respected management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS. In his consultancy work, Mike has been a senior advisor to the PwC Public Sector Health practice, leading its NED and Board development programmes. Before joining Project Rome, Mike built a successful independent consulting practice, working with clients such as Celesio, ABPI, J and J, Health Foundation, Medtronic, intuitive, and Pfizer.

Mike is a prominent thought leader and consultant to the NHS, supporting system-wide leadership groups including Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and London, along with development work with a large number of individual NHS boards. Additionally, he works internationally, transforming healthcare in the Middle East, Japan, Russia, US, Spain and Australia.

Mike was previously the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, North West England Strategic Health Authority (SHA), West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire SHAs, Tees Health Authority and Head of Primary Care at the Department of Health.

He also works in the charitable sector and in sport, where he currently has a number of active roles including Chair of Swim England, having also served as the Vice and Interim Chair of Sport England, and as National Tsar for Sport and Health.

Mike was awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the NHS and is an Honorary Fellow of the RCGP and RCP. During the COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery, Mike worked pro bono as Deputy CEO at Kings College Hospital, London.

What our clients say

Project Rome worked with us to develop a purpose-driven strategy for Yorkshire Building Society, aligning our commercial ambitions with our societal and environmental responsibilities. The team were an absolute pleasure to work with, and their knowledge and experience were invaluable. We couldn’t have delivered the work without them.

Tanya Jackson, former Head of Corporate Affairs, Yorkshire Building Society

Project Rome has helped shape, challenge and then support the further development of original thinking, critical to the successful transformation of our sustainable business and asset strategy. They are also hugely well connected regionally and nationally. Their work has led to enhanced customer value and environmental performance for Yorkshire Water – an important outcome at a pivotal time.

Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation, Yorkshire Water

The team at Project Rome are great to work with; consistently delivering results and adding valuable contributions but also easy and enjoyable to collaborate with. They are impressive in their ability to build rapport with different audiences and quickly apply a strategic mindset and technical expertise to bring structure, clarity and direction.

Gordon Rogers, Head of Sustainability, Yorkshire Water

It has been my pleasure to work with Project Rome over a number of years.  Simon has always brought clear strategic thinking and analysis at corporate level and worked with me as a member of the executive team in WYG plc over an extended period as we grew the business.  I have greatly appreciated his wisdom and help in setting direction for growth and implementing strategy.

Douglas McCormick, Executive Chairman, Gleeds UK and former CEO of WYG

I would sum up Project Rome in three words: diligence, expertise and accuracy. But what’s more, they are a true pleasure to work with. If we have a complex project, Project Rome is our first port of call.

Jeremy Biggs, CEO, NCL Technology Ventures Ltd

Project Rome worked on a one-to-one basis to quickly build relationships and gain the trust of key stakeholders, from clinicians and support teams to Executive Directors. The result was a significant leap forward in our ability to effectively collaborate at all levels. They were also an absolute delight to work with, bringing humour and a sense of fun to the team. We loved every minute of working with them!

Rebecca Malin, former Programme Director, Acute Provider Collaboration, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Project Rome team has an open, approachable style that worked well with our entire team, from Executive Directors to junior admin colleagues. They were politically and culturally sensitive to the need of the population and the multiple stakeholders, and creative and thoughtful about ways to get the optimum outcome from their work.

Stacey Hunter, Executive Director Acute Provider Collaboration Airedale FT and Bradford FT NHS Trusts, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber

Project Rome provide FirstGroup with excellent regional intelligence and wise political counsel. They help us engage with our key stakeholders in a meaningful and focussed way.

Mike Katz, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, FirstGroup plc

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