Commission members

Here you can learn more about the 15 members of the Commission, led by Chairman Professor Sir Ian Kennedy.

Healthcare Commission members

Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman

Photograph of Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman of the Healthcare CommissionSir 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, a member of the working group on quality in Lord D'Arzi's review of the NHS, and a member of the National Patient Safety Forum. 

Khurshid Alam

Photograph of 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 either a member or chair of a number of community organisations.

Dr Sarah Blackburn

Photograph of Dr. Sarah BlackburnSarah is Director of the Wayside Network, a consultancy specialising in the development 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. She is 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

Photograph of Patrick BoylePatrick is currently Chief Executive of the Rent Service. 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 the development of the shared services agenda. More recently he was Chief Executive of the NHS Shared Services Agency in South East London.

Dr Fiona Campbell

Photograph of Dr Fiona CampbellFiona 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.

Jennifer Dixon

Photograph of Jennifer DixonJennifer 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 more than 14 years experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She has been a Commissioner for the Audit Commission since November 2003.


Clare Dodgson

Photograph of Clare DodgsonUntil recently Clare was Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission. Before 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

Photograph of Charles GoodyCharles worked in the IT industry, spending 22 years with IBM. He then set up and ran a number of new companies in IT and manufacturing. Alongside this he was chairman of several NHS organisations, including the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority. Currently he is Chairman of Stratford District Strategic Partnership and a member of the Board of Warwickshire Probation Service.


Michael Hake

Photograph of 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 its Director of Social Services for 14 years.


Professor Deirdre Kelly

Photograph of Professor Deirdre KellyDeirdre 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. She has been Medical Director of Birmingham Children's Hospital since 2000, chairing the Clinical Standards Committee and the Ethical Advisory Group. Deirdre is President of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and chair of organisations including the Royal College of Paediatrics, Child Health Advisory Committee for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the National Advisory Committee for the Child Health Review and the Lunar Society.


Nick Partridge, OBE

Photograph of Nick Partridge, OBENick, who has worked for the Terrence Higgins Trust since 1985, 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 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

Photograph of Cliff Prior, CBECliff 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. He was also Vice Chair of the Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance.


John Scampion, CBE

Photograph of John Scampion, CBEJohn is the Chairman of the Pension Regulator's Determination Panel and was the Commissioner for Immigration Services from 2000 to 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 to 2000; and is a former non-executive director of South Warwickshire Combined Hospital NHS Trust.


Professor Iqbal Singh

Photograph of 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

Photograph of Paul Streets, OBEPaul was appointed Chief Executive of the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board in February 2005. Before that he was Chief Executive of the Health Development Agency. Paul 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. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours in 2003 for services to people with diabetes.