Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez (LSE)

Jose-Luis is a health and social care economist specialising in ageing-related policies, the analysis of health and social care funding systems, service productivities, the interaction between health and social care, and the economic evaluation of health and social care services. He directs the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the LSE, the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care and the International Long-term care Policy Network. He is also assistant director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Economics of Social and Health Care. He has contributed to key health and social care evaluations.

Professor Yvonne Birks (York)

Yvonne is Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Unit at York and Deputy Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. She trained as a general and children’s nurse specialising in intensive care, before moving into research. Over the years she has worked on projects spanning the life course but is particularly interested in issues around professional/ public attitudes and behaviour, particularly in relation to the quality and safety of care. She is a mixed methods researcher with expertise in developing projects that evaluate complex interventions in both health and social care.

Dr Kate Baxter (York)

Kate is Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York. Her research centres on social care for older people, with a focus on self-funders and their families. She is especially interested in self-funders' experiences of navigating the social care system and how these experiences compare with older people in receipt of local council funding. Her earlier research in the Social Policy Research Unit focussed on personalisation, home care and personal budgets for older people.

Dr Juliette Malley – Lead (LSE)

Juliette is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at LSE. Her research interests include the measurement of outcomes and quality in long-term care, performance and quality of long-term care systems, regulation of long-term care and financing of long-term care systems.

Professor Jill Manthorpe (KCL)

Jill is Professor of Social Work and (from January 2019) Director of the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, and Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. She is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus and involved in advisory work for the Department of Health and Social Care on several subjects and works closely with several social care and health sector employers to link research, policy and practice.

Raphael Wittenberg (LSE)

Raphael is Deputy Director and Associate Professorial Research Fellow within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the LSE. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation (CHSEO) at the University of Oxford. At CPEC, he leads a programme of research on financing long-term care, which aims to make projections of demand for long-term care for older people and associated expenditure to 2041. He also leads research on care for older people and care for people living with dementia.

Professor Annette Boaz (Kingston)

Annette is Professor of Health Care Research and St George's University of London and Kingston University. She has spent more than 20 years exploring the relationship between research, policy and practice in the UK and internationally, is the Founding Editor of the international journal Evidence & Policy, and has conducted research for a range of funders. She supports a number of national initiatives aimed at increasing capacity for research use and is Vice-Chair of the UK Implementation Society.

Professor Gerald Wistow (LSE) Gerald is Visiting Professor within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the LSE. His current academic work includes evaluations of integrated care and adult social care services.

Professor Martin Knapp (LSE) Martin is Professor of Social Policy and Professor within CPEC at LSE. He has also been Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research since 2009. His current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care; much of his work has an economic focus, and in all of it he seeks to tease out the policy implications. He has published almost 600 peer-review journal papers and 15 books. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas.

Professor Ewan Ferlie (KCL) Ewan is Professor of Public Services Management and Head of the Public Services Management & Organisation Group at King's College London. Ewan has been a Principal or Co Investigator in a number of recent research projects funded by the National Institute of Health Research, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education; Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity and Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Valentina Zigante (LSE) Valentina is Research Officer within the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the LSE. Her research focuses on the analysis of care provision, and her broader research interest include user and carer experience, personalisation and the provision and financing of social care.

Sandra Paget (LSE)

Sandra is Public Involvement Advisor for SASCI.

Jane Maddison (York) Jane is Research Associate at the Social Policy Research Unit at York. After a first degree in Sociology and Social Administration (1980), Jane worked in public sector finance, management and teaching until turning to research in 1991 when she first joined SPRU. She investigated the role of community nurses, support for children with chronic illness and their involvement in service development before taking up a voluntary sector management post in 2002. In 2004 she moved back into research, for a research company and then freelance. This work also included service evaluation and training in health, social care and voluntary organisations. In 2016 Jane returned to SPRU to take up her current post.


Alex Fox (Shared Lives Plus)

Alex (OBE FRSA) is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare. Alex sits on the NHS Assembly and Personalised Care Advisory Board and is Vice Chair of the Think Local, Act Personal board, leading its Building Community Capacity network. He chaired the government’s review of health and care charities. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow, Birmingham University & LSBU, and trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. A new health and care system: escaping the invisible asylum is published by Policy Press. He blogs here:

Andrew Hughes (LGA)

Andrew Hughes is Head of Care and Health Improvement Programme at the Local Government Association.

Ben Jupp (Social Finance)

Ben is a Director at Social Finance. He leads Social Finance’s work on investment in health and social care, as well as supporting commissioners develop their full range of services. Ben started off his career working in the NHS. He also led welfare and health policy at a think tank and, in a voluntary capacity, helped develop a number of community projects.

Ceri Armstrong (Thurrock)

Ceri is Strategy Officer at Thurrock Council.

Gemma Bruce (Turning Point)

Gemma is Head of External Affairs at Turning Point.

Ian Wake (Thurrock)

Ian is Director of Public Health at Thurrock Council.

James Umpleby (NHS England)

James is Senior Analytical Manager at NHS England.

Jessica McGregor (Camden)

Jess is Director of Adult Social Care at Camden Council, and Co-Lead of the ADASS Care & Justice Network.

Les Billingham (Thurrock)

Les is Head of Adult Services at Thurrock Council.

Professor Martin Green (Care England)

Martin has had an extensive career in NGO development, both in the UK and internationally, and is Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK. He is also Chair of the International Longevity Centre, a Trustee of Independent Age, Vice President of The Care Workers Charity, and a Champion of The National Aids Trust. In 2013 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Social Care to Buckinghamshire New University. In 2012, in his role as Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion, he led the development of the Dementia Care and Support Compact for The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia.

Richard Jones - Chair (LSE)

Richard chairs SASCI's Public Stakeholder England Group.