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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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Professor Jo Pritchard, Social Enterprise UK – Jo has spent her career working in health, initially as a nurse and then as a senior manager and leader. She led the establishment of the first employee owned social enterprise to come out of the NHS and ran it for eleven years. During this time she was instrumental in the development of Government policy to support public sector mutuals. Jo has been awarded an MBE for services to social enterprise, honoured with the Employee Ownership Association’s Philip Baxendale Fellowship award and made an Honorary Fellow of Social Enterprise UK. Her current roles include Executive Board Director at SEUK, a Trustee of Ownership at Work and Honorary Professor at the University of Surrey.
- Dr Seamus O’Neill, Chair, the Northern Health Science Alliance – Dr Séamus O’Neill is the Chief Executive of the Northern Health Science Alliance; a membership organisation acting to promote and develop the world class life sciences cluster that exists across academia and the health service in the North of England. With a background in research (PhD in genetics), experience of clinical research and development (with the emphasis on innovation and its adoption in healthcare systems) and 20+ years’ experience of building teams, networks and now clusters, Séamus is a senior figure within the life sciences sector in the UK.
- Sarah Walter, ICS Network, NHS Confed – Sarah has a background in health policy, working at the Department of Health and NHS England before joining the NHS Confederation. Sarah has operated in a number of roles at the Confed, including Director of Corporate Services and regional lead (following a family relocation to the South West) before becoming Assistant Director of the newly formed ICS Network. Sarah is passionate about women’s leadership and was previously Chair of the Confed’s Health and Care Women’s Leaders Network.
- Michael Wood, Head of Health Economic Partnerships, NHS Confederation – Michael is Head of Health Economic Partnerships at the NHS Confederation, a national role advising NHS leaders on policy, strategy, partnerships and funding relating to areas such as skills and workforce, estates, innovation, population health and finance. Prior to this Michael developed and held the role of NHS local growth adviser from 2015, for some of this time working as deputy local growth consultant for the Higher Education Funding Council for England and worked for the NHS European Office.
- Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Committee – Paulette has been a Labour councillor since June 2004 and currently represents Holyhead ward. Paulette has worked as Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care since May 2015 and is actively involved in working with citizens, and health partners to create a more joined up health and social care service that improves outcomes for all. Paulette is also Chair of Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board, Vice Chair of West Midlands Combined Authority Health and Wellbeing Board, and Vice Chair of the Community Wellbeing Board at the LGA (Local Government Association); sitting on a number of local Boards. She held various nursing roles before going on to the Royal College of Nursing as a Professional Development Advisor, and remains passionate about Mental Health.
- Dr Andrew Catto, Social Enterprise UK – Dr Andrew Catto is CEO with IC24 – a primary care social enterprise delivering integrated urgent care across the South and East of England to over 6 million people. Andrew is an experienced medical leader having worked in secondary and primary care executive leadership roles, NHS England and in clinical academia.
- Steve Mulligan, Four Nations Lead, BACP – Steve Mulligan joined the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in October 2017, to champion the skills, competence and contribution of BACP’s 57,000 members to the policy-makers and commissioners across Devolved England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Steve has spent much of the past two decades working to influence change across each of the parliaments and assemblies of the UK and on the devolved and regional agenda in England. This has broadly focussed on tackling the inherent policy failures that often fall between the cracks – improving access to mental health support, addressing inequalities and economic loss in disadvantaged communities, supporting people to access educational and employment opportunities, and helping to challenge environmental degradation.