Professor Becky Malby

SpecialityProfessor of Health Systems Innovation, London South Bank University

Becky is Professor in Health Systems Innovation at London South Bank University, and Director of the Health Systems Innovation Lab which provides organisational and leadership development for place-based systems change; leadership programmes for clinical leaders, network leaders and citizen leaders; the Primary Care Quality Academies; catalysing spread through an international network. Becky has a track record in systems innovation, the development of asset-based health models, organisational change and leadership development in the UK and Internationally, and in leading networks. She has recently established the first UK place-based MA Strategic Clinical Leadership programme using the Apprentice Levy (Senior Leader). Her experience is an unusual combination of leader, manager, researcher, change agent and entrepreneur. She is known to be an energetic and enthusiastic leader of change and a forward thinker. She has made sustained and demonstrable impact through her work on the quality of health services. Her work on ‘Back to Better’ a social movement to secure lasting change for the NHS has had global reach. 

She is currently an advisor to the RSA Future of Health and Care programme, and recently a board member for the Health Foundation Evaluation of the Q programme, the European Cancer Concord, and the Advisory Board of The Bromley By Bow Unleashing Health Communities Programme. Becky is a nominator for the Ashoka network and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She Chairs the annual international Inspire2Live event for people living with cancer and cancer professionals. 

Previously Becky was the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds where she also took a leadership role in the Leeds Institute for Quality Healthcare. Whilst in Leeds Becky was a founding member of the Leaders for Leeds Network with the Local Authority. She has been an advisor to the Cabinet Office on the Choice Agenda, a Board Member of the European Health Management Association, an Advisor to the NHSIQ Network Leaders Programme, and a critical friend of the New Economics Foundation Coproduction Network, and the NESTA health programme. She has worked across health and local government supporting place-based collaboratives. Becky was a Visiting Fellow at Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership (South Africa) where she supported the Innovation Hub.

During the pandemic Becky has co-lead the Ilkley Scrubs Sewing group sewing face coverings for the community and scrubs for the NHS, leads the Free School Meals at Home for Ilkley, and performed in the Self Isolation Choir’s Messiah at Home. 

Her book on networks has international reach Malby B, Anderson Wallace M. 2016. Networks in Healthcare. Managing Complex Relationships. Emerald.

She is the thought leader for the following website

Becky blogs at  on Primary care, coproduction, systems leadership, and innovation.

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