Board of Trustees
SCIE is governed by a board of 13 trustees who guide its work and ensure its independence. Board papers are available on our website.
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Lord Bichard, Chair of the Board
Lord Michael Bichard joined the SCIE board as Chair in April 2013. He was founder director of the Institute for Government in 2008 and held the post until 2010. Michael was previously Chief Executive of Brent and Gloucestershire Local Authorities, Chief Executive of the Government's Benefits Agency and Permanent Secretary of the Employment Department and, subsequently, the Department for Education and Employment. Among other roles, Lord Bichard is Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, Vice-Chair of Shakespeare's Globe Trust, a board member of the River and Rowing Museum Foundation. In January 2004, he was appointed by the Home Office to chair the Soham/Bichard Inquiry. He was Chair of the Legal Services Commission 2005-2008 and Chair of the Design Council 2006-2011. Michael received a Knighthood in 1999 and was elevated to the House of Lords in 2010. In 2015, Michael became non-executive Chairman of the National Audit Office.
After completing a degree in psychology, David trained as a social worker in Glasgow, before working as a social worker for several years in Glasgow, and then inner city Birmingham. Following management posts in Hertfordshire and West Sussex, David was appointed as the first Director of Social Services in the new unitary authority of Medway where he established a new department. In 1999 he moved to East Sussex County Council as Director of Social Services. David was Executive Director for Children and Adults in Ealing for 10 years, until 2015. Since then he has undertaken interim management roles and consultancy. He is also a non-executive director of Achieving for Children, and an Independent Chair of a Children's Safeguarding Board.
Tina campaigns for a better understanding of mental health issues in society, and works to improve service provision. She has enduring mental health problems, having used mental health services over many years. Tina has worked in the voluntary sector, across disability, in academia, with regulators and governing bodies as a trainer, researcher and consultant. Tina is currently a Director of HASCAS, who conduct service reviews and homicide investigations; a member of the NIHR Involve Advisory Group and Advisory Board; Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York; an associate at the Centre for Citizenship and Community at UCLan; and Tina has stepped down as Chair of the National Survivor User Network, having led this from the project planning stage to independence. Tina also chairs the SCIE Co-Production Network.
John Evans OBE
John is a disability rights, equalities and diversity consultant and trainer. He specialises in personalisation, independent living, user empowerment, co-production, disability rights and human rights. John was a Department of Health user-led-organisation specialist and then joined the National Co-Production Advisory Group. John was one of the first people to set up an Independent Living scheme in the UK and has run it for 30 years. John was a director at the European Network on Independent Living and the European Disability Forum. He has advised European Commission in work on the development of community based-services and deinstitutionalisation. John was one of the founders of the National Centre for Independent Living, the Hampshire Centre for Independent Living and Hampshire Coalition of Disabled People. John is also an editor of the International publication ‘Disability and Society’. John is passionate about co-production and believes this is the way forward for the future.
Alex is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for small community services, representing Shared Lives carers and schemes, social care micro-enterprises and Homeshare schemes. Alex Chairs the Care Provider Alliance and is Co-Chair of the board of Think Local, Act Personal, which leads on implementing personalisation. He co-led on prevention for the social care White Paper engagement process and sits on the Minister’s Social Care Transformation Group and the Care and Support Implementation Board. He was one of NESTA and The Observer’s 'Britain’s New Radicals'. Alex was previously Director of Policy and Communications for a carers’ charity. He is a visiting lecturer at Nottingham University, Research Associate at ResPublica and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), for which he wrote 'Personalisation: Lessons from Social Care'.
Peter joined SCIE’s board in 2013. Peter is Strategic Director - Adults and Communities, at Birmingham City; his responsibilities include Adult Social Care, Adult Learning and coordinating the Health and Wellbeing Partnership. From joining Birmingham in 2003, Peter has overseen major changes in residential & community provision of care. The council now offers individual budgets for all citizens receiving public funding alongside a growing emphasis on universal information, prevention & enablement. Peter was President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2011/12 and Chair of Research in Practice for Adults (RiPFA). Peter has undertaken a range of national work, including exploring integration as part of the Future Forum and in the Whole Person Care Commission. In June 2012, Peter was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours; the citation is for services to social and health care, and for the role as president of ADASS.
Annie Hudson joined the SCIE board in January 2016 and is the former Chief Executive of the College of Social Work. Annie trained and practised as a social worker in Brighton and Newcastle upon Tyne. She was then a lecturer in social work at Manchester University where she researched and published on child protection, young women’s experiences of care and social work education. In 1989 Annie returned to local authority work as a child care team manager in central Bristol. Annie has held a number of senior local authority posts; including as Bristol’s Director of Adult Community Care and then, subsequently, as Bristol’s Director of Children’s Services. She was also previously a member of the Research in Practice Board and of the national Adoption Leadership Board.
Fionnuala initially trained as a teacher and moved into a social work career, starting in children's residential services. She has worked in a range of settings in local authorities in England, and moved to Northern Ireland in 1996 to take up a post in the Southern Health and Social Care Board as Manager of the Registration and Inspection Unit. Here she was responsible for the registration of residential, nursing and children's homes. Fionnuala was appointed Director of Social Care in the Southern Board in 2004 and became Director of Social Care and Children with the new Health and Social Care Board in April 2009. She is a Board member for Children in Northern Ireland, a regional umbrella organisation for the children's sector. Fionnuala McAndrew received an OBE for her services to healthcare in Northern Ireland.
Mary McKenna is a technology entrepreneur and Chief Executive of Learning Pool, an organisation that creates and shares online learning content across the UK public sector. Mary spent the early part of her career in local government and worked at Nottinghamshire County Council, City of Westminster, CIPFA and the IDeA. She is Chairman of the Northern Ireland Digital Circle and a non executive director of the Millennium Forum and Derry Theatre Trust.
Bev Searle became a member of the SCIE Board in September 2013, and is Director of Corporate Affairs at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, Bev has worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, inpatient and integrated community Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services. She has also undertaken a number of service management roles with joint responsibility across health and social care, including working as a joint Head of Community Care and Housing and PCT Director. Prior to taking up her current role, Bev was Director of Joint Commissioning at NHS Berkshire, with responsibility for commissioning mental health, learning disability and children’s services as well as acting as the Trust Board lead for safeguarding. Bev has maintained training and education roles alongside her clinical and managerial posts, and provides coaching and mentoring support to staff in health and social care leadership roles.
Dr. Ossie Stuart
Ossie is a disabled person, from a black and minority ethnic background. He is an equality and diversity consultant with fifteen years’ experience as a trainer and specialist adviser. He employs his own personal assistants and manages his own care. Ossie spent 12 years as an academic at the Universities of Oxford, York and Surrey and has written seminal works on the experience of BME disabled people and social care. As a trainer Ossie has provided disability and equality/diversity training for various bodies. Since 2013 he has also run the annual Calibre Leadership and Management Programme at Imperial College London. Ossie thinks it’s important that disabled people have control over their own destinies; that it’s essential that they are involved in the design and delivery of services relevant. Ossie is in control of the services he receives, seeing co-production as the key driver for excellence.
Sally Warren joined the SCIE Board in September 2013. Sally has 18 years’ experience of leading policy and delivery of health and social care reform and improvement in central and local government, and in independent regulators. These roles have included the Director of Social Care Policy at the Department of Health, the Deputy Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care at the sector regulator the Care Quality Commission and most recently Director of the Cabinet Office project team coordinating adult social care in 2016/17. Sally is currently Director of the Food Chain in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.