Board of Trustees
SCIE is governed by a board of trustees who guide its work and ensure its independence.
Alternatively find out more about our Senior Leadership Team.
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 is an experienced and senior social sector leader with a strong record of enabling organisations to define their strategy, transform their operations and deliver their commitments. Mark brings considerable experience of leading business change, refocus and growth through a number of executive and non-executive roles. He is currently Chief Executive of RNID which follows five years at Scope, including three and a half years as its Chief Executive.
Mark is also a Board Member at Habinteg Housing Association and chairs its Appointments and Remuneration Committee.
Clenton Farquharson MBE
Clenton is a disabled person from a black and minority ethnic background. He is an equality and diversity, social justice consultant with 20 years’ experience as a trainer and specialist adviser. He employs his own personal assistants and manages his own care; as well as his Mum’s personal budget whilst she employs personal assistants. He’s Chair of the Think Local Act Personal partnership board, and a member of the Coalition for Collaborative Care. Clenton is also a member of the NHS Assembly, set up to oversee the NHS Ten Year Plan, the current chair of Quality Matters, a trustee of the Race Equality Foundation, ambassador for Disability Rights UK. He is a director of Community Navigator Services CIC, and a Skills for Care Ambassador.
He’s interested in the marginalised lived experience surrounding education, housing, health, social care, employment and transport. Clenton encourages life chances, potential and opportunity. Clenton’s been named in the Disability News Service’s list of influential disabled people. He supports Birmingham City Football Club.
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.
John is a Chartered Accountant and spent 38 years with international professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers working with international companies and in his time was based in London, Rotterdam, New York and Singapore. Since stopping full-time work he has held a number of Non-Executive and Trustee roles, with a particular focus on the charitable and not for profit sectors. He was Treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Society for seven years and is currently the Treasurer for Alzheimer’s Disease International, the federation of Alzheimer’s associations globally. His roles have included Board member of the MS Society and Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of a NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. His current roles are Chair of Goalball UK, a Paralympic sport for blind and visually impaired people, and on the advisory board of Mazars LLP, a professional services firm.
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.
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.