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The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP served as Minister of State for Care and Support from 2012 to 2015. He has been Member of Parliament for North Norfolk since 2001.
During his time as a Government Minister, Norman Lamb steered the 2014 Care Act through Parliament. He also played a leading role in driving mental health care to the top of the political agenda. He introduced the first ever maximum waiting time standards in mental health, pioneered the Crisis Care Concordat which seeks to transform the support given to people facing a mental health crisis, oversaw a reduction of 50% in the use of police cells for those in mental health crisis and helped treble the numbers of people getting access to psychological therapies.
He won the 2014 Political Studies Association award for best use of evidence in policy making and was given Rethink’s Chair’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health in 2015.
Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE set up Stepping Out in 2010 which is now a successful venture supporting the formation and growth of new social enterprises in the UK public and voluntary sectors.
Before that he founded and led (for 12 years) a non-profit VoiceAbility (www.voiceability.org) , an advocacy service for people with mental health problems and other difficulties to a turnover of £7 million and numerous awards.
Beyond day-to-day business, Craig serves as a Trustee of grant-maker Impetus-PEF and is a member of its Investment Committee and as Chair of the Stepping Out Foundation which has received £50,000 from the Stepping Out business and has used this to invest in twenty local-level social start-ups.
Further to this, Craig is the author of two books: ‘How to Step Out’ and `Your Chance to Change the World’, he contributes regularly to The Guardian and Third Sector magazine and speaks regularly to both academic and lay audiences both in the UK and overseas (Australia, Russia most recently).
Craig also a Visiting Lecturer at London Cass Business School and leads on the Social Enterprise Masters Module. He was also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Social Innovation from 2014-15.
In recognition of his services to Social Enterprise, Craig was awarded the MBE in 2009 while still in his 30s.
Most recently Craig has served on the Cabinet Office’s ‘Mutuals Ambassadors’ Programme. Most recently he wrote a Prize-Winning entry to the Cabinet Office’s ‘Challenge Prize’ on future policy ideas for public sector social enterprise spin-outs.
Craig lives in Suffolk with his partner and three young children. Outside of work he is a keen but fading triathlete and avid reader of ‘big books’ of American fiction.
Geraldine is National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and a consultant psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and Visiting Professor, for the integrated mental health education programme at UCL Partners. For over 20 years she has held senior roles in mental health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels. She also advises internationally on mental health service design and quality improvement, while working as a practising clinician.
She has been involved in transformational large scale service development programmes, moving services from hospital based, to 24/7 home care and primary care models, in roles which have included: the Trust Director of Clinical services in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust(2005-2007), Director of Service development at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and Senior Lecturer, UMDS (1995-1998). She was the National Professional Adviser in mental health to the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission (2005-2012).
Her particular commitment is to the translation of policy and best practice evidence into front line routine clinical practice. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making. As London SHA associate medical director (2009-2013), with responsibility for mental health, she led transformational change through the development of clinical network for dementia and primary care mental health CCG leaders, developed ground breaking commissioning support care pathway profiling informatics tools, and high impact educational programmes.
She was awarded the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists, Psychiatrist of the Year award in 2012.
Paul has spent 20 years in the banking industry, working for Deutsche Bank, primarily in London having started as a graduate trainee in 1995. The majority of his career was spent in the financial derivatives markets, taking in Commodities (including weather derivatives), foreign exchange and credit derivatives, before moving to the Transaction Bank in 2011 to build and run a capital management function. In January 2015 he moved to be the overall head of Deutsche Bank’s 1,500 person Birmingham office which encompasses a trading floor, asset management, technology and support services. He is the executive sponsor of dbEnable, the bank’s internal group focussed on creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for all. Paul lives in rural Staffordshire with his wife; together they own a gallery specialising in contemporary photography, and run a small nature reserve in the Trent valley.
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health England and to Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. She is also a member of the Welsh Government’s Bevan Commission on health in Wales, Chair of the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group, and a member of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board.
In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service.
Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, of the Work Foundation and of Uppingham School.
In November 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK in the BBC Woman’s Hour list.
Professor Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH, is the Public Health England National Director for Health and Wellbeing. In this role he oversees PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, national health marketing campaigns, public mental health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. The Health and Wellbeing Directorate also leads PHE's Health Equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health, and promoting settings-based approaches to health improvement.
Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he held for seven years from November 2005. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.
He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained his master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports. He is a speaker in great demand and speaks Spanish and French.
After initially training as a surgeon in New Delhi Prof Singh became a psychiatrist in India and moved to UK in 1991. As lecturer & consultant at Nottingham, he conducted research on first-episode psychosis & ethnic influences in mental health. He spent 5 years at St George’s University of London as senior lecturer developing ETHOS early intervention service. In 2006, he joined Warwick University as Professor of Social & Community Psychiatry & consultant psychiatrist for the East Birmingham Early Intervention Service. He currently heads the Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing at Warwick University and is also a Commissioner for Equality & Human Rights Commission, UK. He has published extensively on culture & ethnicity in mental health, onset & outcomes of early psychosis, early intervention services, transition from child to adult care, mental health law & medical education. His eternal struggle is between being focussed and productive and wasting time on idle speculation and meaningless meandering. When he can, he enjoys literature, poetry, theatre, blues, jazz, cricket, gardening and fishing. One day he will write a book on the meaning of life.
I am Birmingham born and bred and am a University of Birmingham graduate.
Mental health difficulties began in my late teens. In my early 20s I experienced two depressive episodes, accompanied by suicidal behaviour. I was sectioned due to a manic episode in 2010 and diagnosed with Bi-polar Disorder. In 2015, I was additionally diagnosed with Complex PTSD, a result of the Emotional Abuse I experienced throughout childhood that continues today. I have experienced the problems associated with accessing treatment, the variability of care within the system, and the role of the police in a mental health crisis. I feel blessed to have achieved a level of recovery that has enabled me to draw on my experiences and skills in my role as a consultant.
I co-produced an Engagement Model for use in the Birmingham-based 300 Voices Project. A partnership between Time to Change, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and West Midlands Police, the project aims to improve outcomes for young African Caribbean men with mental health problems who come into contact with statutory services.
I am regional Service User Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatry and I sit on Mind’s Peer Support Advisory Panel.
I was awarded the 2015 Janey Antoniou award, from Rethink Mental Illness, in recognition of my work to raise awareness of mental illness, and to improve how people with mental illness are treated in the UK.
Steve has worked in mental health for 40 years as a nurse, cognitive behavioural therapist , development centre director, network director and mental health trust CEO . He is passionate about engaging, supporting and developing the workforce and co-production with people who use services. Steve has extensive experience of service/system redesign and integration.
Sarah Norman is the Chief Executive at Dudley Metropolitan Council and is the lead Chief Executive from West Midlands Combined Authority supporting the Mental Health Commission. Prior to joining Dudley in January 2015 Sarah was Strategic Director for Community at City of Wolverhampton Council, a role which included both the statutory Director of Adult Social Services and statutory Director of Children’s Services roles. Sarah has spent her whole working life in public service in roles supporting the vulnerable and tackling social exclusion. She has worked in the voluntary sector as well as in national and local government. She has always had a strong interest in Mental Health and whilst a Director of Adult Social Services she was the national Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) lead on this issue and led on the implementation of the Crisis Concordat in the West Midlands.
Steve is the Managing Director of Contact Consulting. For almost 30 years Steve has worked in health and social care, firstly as a social worker in local authority settings, then as an operational manager and senior manager in the NHS. Since 2007 he has run Contact Consulting where his work concentrates on health, housing and social care with a particular focus on mental health, learning disability and older people. Steve has led a range of complex projects and reviews for the NHS, local authorities and commercial clients. He has written national best practice guidance on mental health commissioning and recently developed a five year mental health strategy for the States of Jersey. His is supporting the work of the mental health commission by providing project leadership, including secretariat functions, ensuring regular stakeholder engagement and briefing to the commission.