Board of Trustees
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Paul Burstow, Chair of the Board
Paul Burstow joined the SCIE board as Chair in July 2017. He has over thirty years of public service leadership in local government, Westminster and Whitehall. Since leaving parliament he has been appointed to chair the north London based, internationally renowned, Tavistock and Portman NHS FT - the home of psychotherapy. He is a member of the independent oversight and advisory group for the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. His interest in mental health led to his appointment in 2016 as the University of Birmingham's Professor of Mental Health Public Policy, a part-time role in which he is leading a policy commission devising a new prevention and early action paradigm. Paul was appointed minister of state for care services in 2010 leading the drafting of the Care Bill (now Act) and No Health Without Mental Health strategy. His interest in social care saw him appointed as Chair of the Design Council's Transform Ageing National Advisory Panel in 2016 and as President of the TSA - the voice of technology enabled care in 2017. Paul was appointed to Her Majesty's Privy Council in 2012.
Rachel has worked in the health information and media sector for over 25 years, producing evidence-based products and services for doctors, nurses and patients. As Director of the BMJ Evidence Centre, she gained extensive experience of structuring knowledge and evidence for practitioners and service users to improve best practice and the experience of care. She then joined the global publisher Elsevier as Director of e-Education Solutions for EMEA/LA. Here she developed and commercialised new, digital learning products for the undergraduate market.
Rachel is currently Managing Director of RCNi, the independent, commercial media arm of the Royal College of Nursing. She is a member of the RCNi Board, Audit and Remuneration Committees, and is responsible for the digital transformation of services to meet the needs of the nursing community.
Mark’s career has predominately been in the social and charitable sector working in leadership roles across strategy, policy and communications. He is currently Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) having previously spent five years at the disability charity Scope, including three and a half as its Chief Executive in which he led the development and execution of a transformational new strategy. Mark worked for the Local Government Association in both Westminster and Brussels. Alongside being a Trustee at SCIE, Mark sits on the Board of Prisoners Abroad, a human rights charity that supports British citizens imprisoned overseas.
Katie joined SCIE’s board in 2018. She is an economist and sociologist by training, with a MSc in regional economic development from the London School of Economics. She has academic and professional expertise in quantitative and qualitative analytics, behavioural economics and organisational transformation. Katie has experience working as an analyst and supporting regional economic development projects. She also has over 10 years’ experience with national policy making and implementation in the energy and health sectors. This includes time at Monitor/NHS Improvement, helping to promote best practice use of payment and contract design; and leading reform of mental health payment rules to support improved care. In 2016 Katie took the role of Deputy Director of Financial Strategy at Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group. In this role she has supported contract development and transformation efforts across North East London, including improving data and analytics to enable better informed decision-making across the health and care system.
Eustace De Souza
Eustace has been working in the fields of social care, health and wellbeing for more than 30 years. He has managed adult and children’s social services, and worked across local government including regeneration, community programmes, and housing. Before his current role he worked for the NHS in regional health authorities, overseeing health service performance and commissioning. He now works for Public Health England where is the National Lead for Health Inequalities and the Life Course. He works closely with government departments and other national bodies as part of PHE’s work to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
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 Fox OBE FRSA is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare. He Chairs the NHS England, Dept. Health and Public Health England review of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and sits on the NHSE Empowering People and Communities Taskforce and the Think Local, Act Personal partnership board. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham University, and a trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the Local Area Coordination Network. Alex was awarded an OBE for services to social care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.
Sue Gower MBE
Sue Gower MBE has over twenty five years’ experience of public sector governance. She has held a number of national positions, most recently as a member of the Children Commissioner’s Audit and Risk Committee. Sue is a qualified Teacher, a Peer Reviewer with the Local Government Association, a specialist Trainer with the National Offender Management Service and Centre for Exploitation and Online Protection and was BASPCAN/NSPCC Child Protection Trainer of the year 2018.
Sue is a safeguarding specialist and leads the Child Death Overview Process in Kent. She designed and developed eCDOP, a case management system that electronically enables this statutory function and is now used nationally. Sue was the primary carer for her eldest son for over 21 years. She supported his terminal neuromuscular condition by working with a range of health, education and social care services and has personal experience of effective co-production. In 2009, Sue received an MBE for voluntary service to children and young people.
Jane Green has been a professional educationalist working in all sectors of autism education. This has included Local Authorities, commissioners, large national charities specialising in the social model of autism education, plus a professional speaker. With no previous education qualifications she started her degrees after her children were born. Her last degree was a MA Ed in (Management and Leadership) focussing or organisational transformation in autism education.
Jane is a ‘sandwich carer’ and this inspired her to help others. She is currently a Trustee for a carers’ charity and has been on the SCIE Co-production, Equalities, Diversity and Human Rights Steering group for three years. Jane is passionate about co-production in equality, diversity and human rights. Now disabled, she volunteers with SEDS and EDS UK Support for Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility Syndromes to improve accessibility in transport, aviation, health care and social care as well as education. Jane offers advice/talks about neurodiversity in employment, staying employed, age, health, making work accessible including meetings, health and girls/women; and is autistic.
Peter joined SCIE’s board in 2013. Peter was, until 2017, Strategic Director - Adults and Communities, at Birmingham City; his responsibilities included 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.
Sean Holland began his career working in homeless projects before training as a social worker at the University of Ulster. From 1986 he worked in a variety of posts in Northern Ireland. In 2001 Sean worked on the 20 year strategy for the HPSS, ‘A Healthier Future’, and in 2008 was appointed to the Social Services Inspectorate and became Assistant Chief Social Services Officer. From January 2012 Sean was Deputy Secretary of Social Services Policy Group. Sean has undertaken work on child care and social work from the Russian Federation to Iceland. Sean is now Chief Social Work Officer/Deputy Secretary, DHSSPSNI and sits on the Departmental Board of the Department of Health. Sean is a trustee at NICO, which encourages building efficient, accountable and sustainable public sector institutions. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Child Protection Research Advisory Centre at Edinburgh University. Sean is a qualified social work practice teacher, has an advanced diploma in the management of psychological trauma and has a LLM in medical law.
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.
Margaret joined the Board in March 2019. She worked in the NHS for number years where her responsibilities included developing services for people with learning disabilities and managing a range of community health services. Margaret left the NHS to become Deputy Chief Executive of the Refugee Council. She then went onto the British Red Cross where she was responsible for developing services in the UK including its health and social care offer. Margaret has previously worked with SCIE including chairing the Group which established Guidelines for the Care and Support of People with Learning Disabilities as They Grow Older. Margaret is currently trustee of Heritage Care which provides services for older people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues.
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 Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, Bev has worked within a number of mental health, substance misuse, children’s and older people’s services. She has also held a number of joint health and social care management roles spanning provider and commissioning functions. 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 is part of the senior leadership team in the Berkshire West and Frimley Accountable Care Systems, with a particular focus on strategic planning, workforce and mental health. 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.