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The Commissioners

There are 15 people on the board of commissioners, led by Chairman Professor Sir Ian Kennedy.

Who's Who

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman

Professor Sir Ian KennedySir Ian is Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at University College London. He was also recently Chair of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics. Ian chaired the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (1998-2001). He is a member of the Ministry of Defence's advisory committee on medical countermeasures, of the working Group on quality as part of Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS and the National Patient Safety Forum.


Khurshid Alam

Khurshid AlamKhurshid is a lay member of an employment tribunal and a mental health review tribunal. Previously, he was Personnel Manager with St Mungo's Housing Association. He was also chief executive of the National Association of Race Equality Councils. Khurshid is a member or chair of a number of community organisations.



Dr. Sarah Blackburn

Dr. Sarah BlackburnSarah is director of the Wayside Network, a consultancy specialising in the devolopment of governance and business risk management assurance and audit capabilities. She has been Director of Assurance in four FTSE companies and one public service company. Sarah is a non executive director of the Identity  and  Passport Service and chairs its Audit Committee; and a former member of the Governing Council of the Open University; chair of the Professional Development Committee and a member of the  Governing Council of the Institute of Internal  Auditors UK and Ireland.


Patrick Boyle

Patrick BoylePatrick Boyle is currently Chief Executive of The Rent Service, an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions. Prior to this he led the Government programme to establish the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the Communities and Local Government Department. During his NHS career he held a number of senior management positions in acute services, mental health and primary care and played a lead role in development of the shared services agenda. More recently he was Chief Executive of the NHS Shared Services Agency in South East London. He has a strong interest and background in transformational change management and organisational development. He is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Dr Fiona Campbell

Dr Fiona CampbellDr Fiona Campbell specialises in health and social policy, accountability, public scrutiny and equalities. She is a Board member of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, a member of the Independent NHS Reconfiguration Panel and works as an independent consultant. Until August 2006 she was Head of Scrutiny at the Greater London Authority. Prior to this, Fiona was coordinator of the Democratic Health Network at the Local Government Information Unit, providing research and advice on local government and health. She was a member of the Department of Health's working group developing guidance on health scrutiny for local authorities, the NHS and patients' forums in England and has published a number of guides and research on health scrutiny. She was a non-executive director of Lambeth Primary Care Trust for three years until June 2005, where she chaired the Equalities and Diversity Strategy Group. Fiona was head of equalities at the University of Oxford and a county councillor; and before that Director of the London Office of the Equal Opportunities Commission. She has an MA in languages and a PhD in the Philosophy of Mind from the University of Cambridge.


Jennifer Dixon

Jennifer Dixon

Jennifer was appointed Director of the Nuffield Trust in November 2007. She was formerly Director of Policy at the King's Fund where she had also been Director of Health Care Policy Programme (2000-2002) and Director of Policy Review (2000). She has over 14 years experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She has previously been Policy Advisor to the chief executive, NHS Executive and a fellow in Policy Analysis for the King's Fund Policy Institute. She has been a commissioner for the Audit Commission since November 2003.


Clare Dodgson

Clare Dodgson

Until recently Clare was Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission. Prior to this she was Chief Operating Officer of Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions. During her NHS career she was a chief executive of Sunderland Health Authority, Newcastle Family Health Services Authority and Director of Planning and Service Development for South Tyneside Family Health Services Authority. She chaired the regional waiting times task force and also served as a non-executive Director.


Charles Goody

Charles GoodyCharles Goody trained as an electrical/mechanical engineer with Hawker Siddeley PLC then moved into the IT industry. He worked for 22 years with IBM in many different roles. After taking early retirement he set up and ran a number of new companies in IT and manufacturing. Whilst at IBM he was a board member of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce and a founder director of the local Training Enterprise Council. In parallel with that, he has been chairman of a number of NHS organisations: Coventry Community and Mental Health, West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority, West Midlands Ambulance Service and is currently chairman of Stratford District Strategic Partnership and a board member of Warwickshire Probation Service.


Michael Hake

Michael HakeMichael is Director of Counterpoint Consulting Ltd. A member of the Patient Information Advisory Group since 2001, he has been reappointed until 2008. Registered with the General Social Care Council, he is also a member of the British Association of Social Workers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 
He concluded a local government career of 40 years in March 2005 as a corporate director with Solihull Council and was their Director of Social Services for 14 years. Within the Association of Directors of Social Services he became an executive council member [1994 – 2000] and chair for Organisation and Development [1997 – 2000]. Between 2002 and 2004 he was on the Health Records and Data Protection Review Group. From 2001 until 2004 he served on the board of the National Care Standards Commission.


Professor Deirdre Kelly

Professor Deirdre KellyProfessor Deirdre Kelly is Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the University of Birmingham and director of the liver unit, Birmingham Children’s Hospital which she set up in 1989, to provide a national service for children with liver disease. She has been Medical Director of Birmingham Children's Hospital since 2000, chairing the Clinical Standards Committee and the Ethical Advisory Group.
She is President of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Advisory Committee for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Child Health Review (Confidential Enquiry for Maternal and Child Health) and Convener of a multidisciplinary national group to plan adolescent services. She is chair of the Lunar Society.


Nick Partridge OBE

Nick Partridge OBENick has worked for the Terrence Higgins Trust since 1985 and was appointed its Chief Executive In 1991. Nick is Chair of INVOLVE, which promotes patient and public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. He is also Deputy Chair of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, which aims to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research and Deputy Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA), which advises Ministers and the Chief Medical Officer.


Cliff Prior CBE

Cliff Prior CBECliff Prior is the chief executive of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. His previous roles include chief executive of mental health charity Rethink, and Programme Director at the Mental Health Foundation. He was a member of the Third Sector Commissioning Taskforce and the Secretary of State’s sounding board, in addition to the National Leadership Network for Health and Social Care, the Mental Health Task Force and the Medicines Commission, and was vice chair of LMCA.


John Scampion CBE

John Scampion CBEJohn is the Chairman of the Pension Regulator’s Determination Panel and was the Commissioner for Immigration Services from 2000 -2005. He is a member of the Criminal Injuries, Compensation Appeals panel and of ICSTIS, the premium rate regulator. John was town clerk and chief executive of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (1977-1995). He was the Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1995 – 2000, and is a former non-executive director of South Warwickshire Combined Hospital NHS Trust.


Professor Iqbal Singh

Professor Iqbal SinghIqbal is a Consultant Physician in Medicine for the Elderly and a professor in ethnicity and health. He is also an honoray sub-dean for the Royal Society of Medicine. Iqbal has played a significant role in providing leadership to a variety of professional organisations. His past roles include Director of the Indian Medical Association, Divisional Chairman of the ODA and the British Medical Association (BMA), and member of the BMA's national committee on community care.


Paul Streets, OBE

Paul Streets, OBEPaul is the chief executive of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board (PMETB) and was appointed in February 2005. Prior to that he was chief executive of the Health Development Agency. Paul was previously a founding member of the NHS Modernisation Board (2000-2003), and he led the advisory board for the transition to using new patient and public involvement structures within the NHS. He has had a long career in the voluntary sector, working for Sight Savers and Amnesty International. 
He has also worked in social care as a residential social worker and as Head of Business and Development in a major adult social care provider. From 1998 to 2003 he was chief executive of Diabetes UK.  He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2003 for services to people with diabetes.

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