David Behan - Chair (HEE)

Sir David Behan is Visiting Professor in Practice within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at LSE, and Chair of Health Education England where he provides strategic leadership and ensures proper governance for the HEE Board. He began his career as a social worker and progressed to be the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Department of Health as the Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission where he led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England.

Fredi Cavender-Attwood (CPA)

Fredi is Policy Manager for Health and Care at the MS Society and a member of the Care and Support Provider Alliance.

Christina Cornwell (NESTA)

Christina is Director of the Health Lab at Nesta. Christina leads Nesta’s work helping to develop and grow innovations that create new relationships, networks and technologies that improve health and well being. Her current areas of focus include Accelerating Ideas, Good Help and social movements, citizen-led approaches to health data and technology, and collective intelligence in health. Christina has worked in and around health and social care throughout her career - in policy, regulation and innovation. Most recently she was Head of Strategy at the Care Quality Commission. She has also worked in government, and in health care services in the UK and Australia.

Karolina Gerlich (NACSW)

Karolina is CEO of the National Association of Care and Support Workers.

Dez Holmes (Ripfa)

Dez is Director of Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, having previously been the Assistant Director or Research in Practice, and champions evidence-informed practice across the children’s and adults social care sector in order to improve outcomes for children, young people, adults requiring support and their families and carers.

Rob Martin (Anchor Hanover)

Rob is Director of Quality at Anchor Hanover. He has worked in health and social care for nearly 20 years.

Alfonso Montero (ESN)

Alfonso is Chief Executive of the European Social Network. He oversees the Network’s management and strategic direction, leads the policy programme co-financed by the European Commission and the annual European Social Services Conference. He has over 10 years’ experience in public policy, has authored and co-authored several publications and is a regular contributor to academic journals, newspapers, and specialist social services magazines.

Catherine Needham (Birmingham)

Catherine is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management with the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, and Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. Her areas of research include social care and policy innovation, new approaches to public service workforce development, personalisation and coproduction within public services, and interpretive approaches to public policy.

Ellen Nolte (LSHTM)

Ellen is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her main interest and expertise is in health systems research, international health care comparisons and performance assessment.

Tim Parkin (TLAP)

Tim is Senior Policy Advisor at Think Local, Act Personal Partnership. His entire career has been spent in social care in a range of different roles that have included policy and strategy; partnership work; commissioning and project management. He particularly values working with a wide range of organisations for a common purpose and co-producing all activities with people with lived experience.

Cath Roff (Leeds)

Cath is Director of Adults and Health at Leeds City Council.

Clenton Farquharson

Clenton is former co-chair of Think Local, Act Personal and chair of Health Watch Birmingham, which requires him to bring the views of the citizens to be heard by health professionals. He is an expert in accessibility issues working in a variety of sectors and disciplines with theoretical knowledge and training, combined with personal experience and practical insights. Clenton works as consultant, auditor, trainer, and coach on inclusion, equality, disability, and related subjects and was named in Disability News Services’ List of influential disabled people. In 2014, Clenton received an MBE in recognition of his services to people with disabilities.

Jennifer Pearl

Jennifer is an Expert by Experience for the Care Quality Commission, a member of Think Local, Act Personal’s National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG), and lives with a spinal injury.

Kate Sibthorp

Kate is a member of Think Local, Act Personal's (TLAP) National Co-Production Advisory Group (NCAG). Kate’s professional background is in local government, working in public sector housing and organisational development. Her commitment to personalisation comes from her experience of supporting her daughter, who has learning disabilities and autism.

Louise Brown (Bath)

Louise Brown is Professor of International Social Work & Innovation at the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath. She began her career as a social worker before being appointed as Director of ‘WISSP’, an applied research centre at the University of Bath specialising in evaluation of innovative practice interventions in health and social care. Louise is the leading social work academic internationally in ‘social innovation’. Her research has a global reach with a focus upon social innovation, scaling-up and the cultural adaptation and implementation of interventions as they transfer between countries.