Health Devolution Commissioners

List of Health Devolution Commissioners

  • Rt Hon Andy Burnham, former Secretary of State for Health and Mayor of Greater Manchester (Co-chair) – Andy is a Labour politician and has been Mayor of Greater Manchester since 2017. He served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 2008 to 2009 and Secretary of State for Health from 2009 to 2010. He served as Member of Parliament for Leigh from 2001 to 2017.
  • Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister for Care and Support (Co-chair) – Norman is a Liberal Democrat politician and solicitor. He was Minister of State in the Department of Health between 2012 and 2015 during the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government. MP for North Norfolk from 2001 to 2019 he was most recently chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee (2017 to 2019).
  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister for Care and Support – Alistair is a Conservative politician who served as MP for North East Bedfordshire from 2001 until 2019. He was previously MP for his native Bury North in Greater Manchester from 1983 until 1997. He was Minister of State at the Department of Health from 2015 to 2016 and has had numerous other roles in Government.
  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, former Secretary of State for Health – Stephen is now a Liberal Democrat and stood for election in 2019. He served as the Conservative MP for Loughborough between 1979 and 1997 and then for Charnwood from 1997 to 2015. From 1995 to 1997 Stephen was Secretary of State for Health. He served for four years as Chairman of the House of Commons Health Select Committee from 2010 to 2014.
  • Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services – Philip is a former British Labour Co-operative politician who was the MP for Corby from 1997 until 2010. He held several Ministerial roles during his time as an MP including Minister of State at the Department of Health from 2008 to 2010 during which time he developed and oversaw the publication of the Social Care Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care in July 2009.
  • Sally Warren, Director of Policy, the King’s Fund – Sally has extensive experience in health, care and population health policy and delivery, in central and local government. Sally was Director for Social Care at the DHSC, Director of Programmes at Public Health England and Deputy Chief Inspector at the Care Quality Commission. She was also Director at the Cabinet Office, leading a project on social care funding for Budget 2017.
  • Dr Linda Patterson OBE FRCP, former Medical Director of CHI and Vice President of RCP – Linda qualified in Medicine from Middlesex Hospital Medical School and, after postgraduate training, she was appointed Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine in East Lancashire in 1986, a post she held until 2012.  She was Medical Director of the Trust and from 1999 to 2004 Medical Director of the Commission for Health Improvement, the first statutory quality regulator of the NHS in England and Wales. Later in her career, she developed community geriatric services in East Lancashire, working for the Primary Care Trust, and went on to co-author a prize winning book on integrated health care for older people. From 2011 to 13, she was Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, directing the clinical standards and quality work of the RCP.
  • Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Coventry City Council – Liz started her career as a general and mental health nurse and joined the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health in 2006. Prior to her move to Coventry in 2016 she worked predominantly in Merseyside and was previously Director of Public Health for St Helens and led on a number of work streams across Merseyside. She is an advocate of local government’s leadership of the public health agenda and is proud of the public health approach in Coventry – a Marmot City – and its reputation for innovation and whole system working. In additional to inequalities, her interests include system leadership and boundary spanning. Liz led the 2019 Year of Wellbeing across Coventry and Warwickshire and has a leadership role in shaping the wellbeing contribution and evaluation of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. She is also the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) representative for West Midland Directors of Public Health.
  • Peter Hay, former President ADASS – former Director of Social Services in North East Lincolnshire before becoming Strategic Director for People at Birmingham City Council. Peter was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services between 2011 and 2012  He currently has a number of roles including  Chair of both Turning Point and the Social Worker of the Year Awards, Board Member of Anchor Hanover Care and Housing Association and Member of the Executive Board of the NHS Alliance.

Commissioners Acting in an Advisory Capacity

  • Christina McAnea, Assistant General Secretary, UNISON – Christina has lead responsibility for the development and implementation of Unison’s collective bargaining, negotiations and equalities strategy, including health and safety, pensions and procurement. She has worked for the trade union movement for over 25 years and has had a long involvement in workforce and equalities issues and in national negotiations in health, education, local government, the police sector and with national private and voluntary sector employers.
  • Michelle Mitchell OBE, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK – Michelle is an economics graduate from the University of Manchester who has worked extensively in the charity sector, having led Age UK, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and the Fawcett Society. She has been the the Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK since 2018 and is a non-executive director of NHS England.
  • Jon Restell, Chief Executive, Managers in Partnership – Jon became chief executive of MiP, the trade union for senior managers working in the health care sectors, in 2005. He manages the unions team of national officers, takes responsibility for the strategy and performance of the union, acts as lead media spokesperson, negotiates with employers at national level, and works to influence ministers, civil servants and other policy makers. Jon represents MiP members on a number of national NHS forums and working groups, including the national Social Partnership Forum (chaired by the minister of state for health). He also attends UNISON’s health service group executive on behalf of MiP.
  • Dick Sorabji, Deputy Chief Executive, London Councils – Dick has been helping London Councils represent London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London since 2008. His role involves making the case and brokering the alliances to get the best deal for Londoners on all issues that matter to the government of London. Formerly Deputy Director of the New Local Government Network he was educated at the University of London, Imperial College and Pembroke College, Oxford.
  • Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations, Mind – Sophie has been at Mind since 2002 and is responsible for Mind’s national charitable work – Government-facing policy and campaigning, media, communications, legal and information services.  During 2018 she was a member of the Working Group to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.  She is a regular media spokesperson for Mind.
  • Karen Mellanby, Director of Networks and Communities, Mind – Karen is responsible for the direction, management and development of the Networks and Communities Department at Mind, leading a team of over 90 people to deliver a multi-million pound portfolio of community mental health services and programmes. Karen holds a Master Degree in Applied Social Studies and Diploma’s in Social Work and Management, and has over 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector.



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