Bachelor of Science with honors, University London, 1964. Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Science with honors, London Hospital Medical College, 1967.
He was knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours. He was made a Freeman of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil in 2013. He is Chair of Public Health Wales.
From 1996 to April 2005 he was Chief Medical Adviser, Medical Director and Chief Scientist of the United Kingdom Department for Work and Pensions and Chief Medical Adviser and Head of Profession at the Veteran’s Agency, Ministry of Defence.
He was on the board of the Benefits Agency Medical Service in the 1990s. He was involved in the establishment of the new Work Capability Assessment test.
When he left the department he headed the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, at Cardiff University, He has been attacked as giving academic credibility to the biopsychosocial model which was said to be the basis of the Cameron government’s disability benefits crackdown. He is Chair of the advisory board of HCML a provider of rehabilitation and case management services to insurance companies and the corporate sector.
He is chair of the Bevan Commission, a group of international experts which advises the Welsh Minister for Health & Social Services.
Member Whitley Council on Pharmacy, Wales, 1982-1984. Fellow Royal Society Medicine. Member Royal College Physicians (fellow faculty of pharmaceutical medicine 1991), Assurance Medical Society, British Medical Association.
Married Angela Bridget Besley, August 17, 1963. Children: Simon Mansel, Rebecca Bridget.