NHS Future Forum leaders

Steve FieldProfessor Steve Field – Chair

Steve is a practising GP in Birmingham and immediate past Chairman of Council for the Royal College of GPs. He is also Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board.


Geoff Alltimes – joint lead, Integrated services

Geoff has been Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham Council since 2002, having previously been the Director of Social Services and the honorary secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services. From April 2009 until October 2010, Geoff was the joint Chief Executive leading a single integrated Executive Management Team serving NHS Hammersmith and Fulham and the Council. He is the secretary of the London Councils Chief Executives Committee.

Vicky Bailey – joint lead, NHS’s role in the public’s health

Vicky is the Chief Operating Officer of Principia, Partners in Health, a not-for-profit company she established, which is part of NHS Nottinghamshire County.  Principia is one of the integrated care pilots for the Department of Health and was one of the 26 pathfinders for social enterprise.  She has worked in director and senior level roles in previous organisations.

Vicky is a nurse/midwife by background, who has worked in both hospital and primary care settings.  She has an MSc in Health Policy.  She was also chair of the Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee, and is a trustee of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Professor David Haslam – joint lead, Information

David is National Clinical Adviser to the Care Quality Commission, an expert member of the National Quality Board and chair of their Quality Information Committee. He has many years’ experience as a GP in Cambridgeshire, and is also President of the British Medical Association, immediate past-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners and visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at de Montfort University, Leicester.

David is a past Chairman of the RCGP and past vice chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He has written 13 books, mainly on health for the public and translated into 13 languages, and written extensively for the medical and lay press. He was awarded the CBE in 2004 for services to medicine and health care.

Julie MooreJulie Moore – Education and training

Julie is Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She is a graduate nurse by background, and worked in clinical practice before moving into management.

Julie is also a board member of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research, a member of the Ministry of Health and Department of Health Partnership Board overseeing health care of military personnel, and a member on the Commission on Living Standards undertaken by the Resolution Foundation.

Ash Soni – joint lead,  NHS’s role in the public’s health

Ash is the Clinical Network Lead for NHS Lambeth and immediate past-chair of NHS Lambeth Professional Executive Committee. Ash is a past Chair of the National Pharmacy Association Board of Management and of NPA Insurance. Ash was also a member of the board of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, where he chaired the Service Development Subcommittee.

Ash has many years’ experience as a community pharmacist. He has run his own pharmacy in Streatham for 25 years and qualified as an independent prescriber in June 2007. Ash also works on a sessional basis for a local GP practice and has a share in another pharmacy in Tower Hamlets.

Jeremy Taylor – joint lead, Information

Jeremy is chief executive of National Voices, the national coalition of health and social care charities.  He joined the organisation in 2009 – a year after its launch – and has been building its impact and visibility as a major voice for patients, service users, carers and their representatives.  He is also a board member of the Health Quality Improvement Partnership, the national body that promotes clinical audit.

Jeremy is a former senior Treasury official and was previously  head of research at the Social Enterprise Coalition and Executive Director of Groundwork East London, an environmental charity.

Dr Robert Varnam – joint lead, Integrated services

Robert is a GP in inner city Manchester.  He has been involved in local NHS leadership and service design for a number of years and is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester.  He is a quality improvement trainer at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and an experienced international speaker to widely varying audiences on issues of leadership, clinical engagement, service improvement and patient safety.  More recently, he helped establish the RCGP Centre for Commissioning and now designs programmes to support clinical commissioning groups.

Robert is passionate about the need to blur traditional organisational boundaries between and within health and social care, and sees this as the only means to achieve radically better services for our communities.

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One Response to NHS Future Forum leaders

  1. John Dickinson says:

    Future Forum is a public body which, presumably, is funded by taxpayers. So exactly who decided on the ‘forum leaders’ and the ‘forum members’. Let us have some open and honest answers. As others have said there is only one patient representative and no carers in the whole group. What happened to ‘putting patients at the centre of the NHS and what happened to ‘no decisions about me, without me’.
    So far as I am concerned the leaders and members of this forum do not represent me and they have no legitimacy at all.