Duncan is a senior director with over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, as well as a decade as a Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of an NHS Trust. He is also group leader and councillor at West Oxfordshire District Council, and spent a decade close to government on their National Policy Forum. Duncan is an experienced director, influencer and communicator who has been both elected and appointed to senior roles in NHS, policy and local government. He is used to analysing complex situations and communicating aims to persuade, influence, drive change, optimise performance and improve team understanding.
After gaining a degree in Physics followed by a postgraduate certificate in education from Wadham College, Oxford University, where he also served as President of the Student Union, Duncan embarked on a career in scientific, professional and medical publishing, spending 20 years with Reed Elsevier companies including Pergamon Press, Butterworths and Elsevier. Occupying roles in new product commissioning, marketing, and senior management, he led international teams of editors and marketers and grew his divisions organically. Duncan is a graduate of the Senior Management Programme run for Reed Elsevier by Templeton College, Oxford.
In 2008 Duncan became head of the British National Formulary (BNF), a joint venture between professional bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the British Medical Association. The BNF is the most widely used knowledge base in the world for medical staff, providing advice and guidance at the point of care for doctors, pharmacists, nurses and dentists. Over that period Duncan established and refreshed relationships across the NHS and in particular with NICE, grew the international business including a new venture in New Zealand, and oversaw the creation of new digital ventures to meet the needs of a modern health service. He has experience of senior management in publishing, healthcare and policy development.
Since July 2013, Duncan has run his own firm Evidence-based Networks, working on publishing, policy and public affairs projects worldwide, developing the use of evidence for decisions in healthcare and other sectors, and on publishing projects to improve professional practice. He has also been a director of leadership development firm LeaderShape Global Ltd for five years.