About Me

Professor Malcolm Prowle is Professor of Business Performance at Nottingham Business School and a Visiting Research Professor at the Open University Business School. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on the economics, finance and management of the public sector and public services. He is a highly experienced consultant and researcher and has worked at the highest levels of government and has advised Ministers, Ambassadors, senior civil servants, public service managers and service professionals on a variety of public policy and policy implementation issues. He has had several periods of secondment to Whitehall departments of state. He has also been: financial  adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee, adviser to two shadow ministers and a consultant to the World Health Organisation.

Malcolm Prowle has worked extensively in both private and public sectors and his expertise is based on extensive practical experience and academic rigour gained through thirty years experience (in the UK and overseas) of:

  • Senior management experience – he has held several senior financial management posts (up to finance director) in various public sector organisations.
  • Management Consultancy – for over fifteen years, he held senior positions with two major international consulting firms (KPMG and PWC) where he worked on assignments for a wide range of public and private sector clients.
  • Academic teaching and research - has held full time university posts and a number of visiting academic posts up to the level of visiting senior fellow and visiting professor.

His experience of public services is very wide ranging and he has had an extensive involvement in a range of sectors including: health and social care, local government, central government, and government agencies, education (higher, further and schools), economic development and overseas governments.

He is a highly skilled and experienced management consultant and has undertaken many hundreds of complex and sensitive projects wide range of public and private sector organisations. He also has substantial international experience and has worked on major consultancy projects concerning public service reform for the Governments of Brazil, India and Cyprus. He has particular expertise in the fields of strategy development, performance improvement (including Lean, Six Sigma etc) and decision support modelling.

As a researcher he has led and/or participated in a many funded research projects which have led to the publication of published research reports and papers. He has over forty publications to his name including: five books, research reports and papers in both academic peer refereed and professional journals. His most recent book is entitled - Managing and Reforming Public Services: The Financial Management Dimension.
He has extensive teaching experience particularly at the post-graduate and post-experience levels and has been responsible for the development (and subsequent delivery) of certain modules on Masters degree courses in several UK universities. His post experience course activity has involved programmes for NHS senior managers, clinical directors in the Scottish NHS, HE senior managers and senior staff of the National Audit Office (TCU) of the Government of Brazil. 

He has spoken and presented papers at a wide range of events and conferences including that of: the Prime Ministers Policy Unit, the Government Accounting Service, the CBI, the World Health Organisation and the Karolinska Institute (Sweden).