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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.
  • Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Committee
  • Sarah Walter and Michael Wood, NHS Confederation
  • Professor Jo Pritchard and Dr Andrew Catto, Social Enterprise UK
  • Steve Mulligan, Four Nations Lead, BACP
  • Seamus O’Neill, Chair, the Northern Health Science Alliance



The partners of the Health Devolution Commission are the LGA, London Councils, the Northern Health Science Alliance, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Social Enterprise UK.

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