About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

John Barber

John is a deputy director of the healthy life mission.

His team is focused on working across public, private and non-profit sectors to deliver innovative solutions that tackle obesity and loneliness in the UK.

John has joined Nesta as a maternity cover from NHS England where he was Deputy Director for Urgent and Emergency Care Strategy. Before this he led work in the prevention team including the creation of the National Obesity Audit and implementation of the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme. Prior to this he was one of the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellows working at the Care Quality Commission. 

John is a qualified GP and completed an academic clinical fellowship at University College London during his training. 

Outside of work John enjoys sport, singing and going to the theatre.