Donald Fowler

CEO, Onebright


I am currently CEO of Onebright, the UK’s leading private pay outpatient mental health treatment business, backed by EMK Capital. I have been with Onebright since June 2020, initially in a non-executive capacity and latterly, since January 2022, as full time CEO. Our Onebright journey has already involved many of the traditional challenges for new CEOs; rapid growth whilst deploying new systems and platforms, executing and integrating acquisitions, driving positive cultural change within the business and the big one, shaping the right management team for the journey ahead.

Prior to Onebright, I spent 12 years in the insurance services and medico legal sectors as CEO of Premex Group, part of the Global ExamWorks group. During that time we went from minority PE ownership, to being acquired by an NYSE listed business (ExamWorks), and, as part of the global group, back into PE ownership via a $2.2bn take private, all whilst growing the business organically and by acquisition from £50m to £350m in revenues.

But before I was in “industry”, I spent 8 years on the other side of the fence as a lender / investor with Bank of Scotland and completed numerous buyouts and exits and before that, I had 5 years as a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity transactions, acting for both management teams and institutions.

The MD or CEO role can be a lonely place, and I hope I can help PepTalks members as they embark on their own exciting journeys and share my experiences in terms of what we got right, but perhaps more importantly, what we didn’t get right along the way.

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