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Consultants

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Tammy Abarno

Consultant

Tammy leads for us on a wide range of national projects and publications in England and Wales, specialising in practice quality management, social work practice research and skills development. She has more than twenty-five years experience working within public care and is a qualified and registered social worker.

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Roomana Ali

Associate Consultant

Roomana is a practitioner researcher with ten years of experience working in primary secondary and tertiary care healthcare in Pakistan and Canada and five years of research experience at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is an excellent listener and communicator, highly sensitive to cultural and social issues, and a confident online interviewer.

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Claire Basden

Associate Consultant

Claire has a background in nursing with experience that includes hands-on care delivery as well as the management and professional development of community nursing teams. Claire has worked on a wide range of projects across adult health and social care, with a particular focus on service reviews, transformation and redesign.

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John Bolton

Visiting Professor

John works across the UK as a consultant on efficiency and effectiveness within health and social care. He was formerly director of community services at Coventry City Council and strategic finance director at the Department of Health.

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Lynda Bull

Associate Consultant

Lynda is qualified social worker and an experienced local authority senior manager with over 30 years’ experience of working in statutory social care. She has been an assistant director with prime responsibility for children’s services and has been the corporate director of adult social services in two other authorities, alongside responsibility for an extensive range of community services, including housing, community safety, and leisure.

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Jackie Daru

Principal Consultant

Jackie leads on research and consultancy projects for national and local government, NHS and provider organisations, across both adults and children’s services. Jackie has extensive experience of working in digital and data in health and social care organisations and is skilled in delivering improvements in this area, including via training and development programmes and direct consultancy.

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Gerry Davidson

Associate Consultant

Gerry is a qualified social worker with extensive experience in strategic commissioning, change management, and partnership development. He has a broad range of experience in local authority, NHS and third sector settings.

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Clare Dodwell

Principal Consultant

Clare has thirty years operational experience working in the public and third sector in wide ranging job roles spanning public health, housing, children’s and adults’ services. Clare has substantial knowledge of the public care agenda across all age groups, together with experience of senior management roles in service delivery as well as strategic commissioning, and is committed to improving outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

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Jonathan Gardam

Associate Consultant

Jonathan has extensive experience and expertise in leading and coordinating high level policy and research analysis, project management, performance management, business development and campaigning activity on behalf of organisations working within the health and social care sector.

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Colin Green

Associate Consultant

Colin is an experienced former director of children’s services (DCS) and qualified social worker with a special interest in children’s social care and safeguarding. He has an excellent grasp of the broader children’s agenda.

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John Hedge

Knowledge Transfer Fellow

John has worked on a wide range of social care projects including evaluative work, engagement projects plus capacity building with voluntary community sector organisations.

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Melanie Henwood

Associate Consultant

Dr Melanie Henwood OBE is a health and social care researcher with considerable experience of health and social care integration and the interface between services, particularly in areas such as hospital discharge, continuing health care, and self funders. She has particular interests in qualitative research; understanding people’s experiences and giving a voice to their stories.

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David Jobbins

Associate Consultant

David has over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS at leadership level over a range of portfolios, particularly in change programme leadership, integration, and the commissioning of mental health.

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Amy Johnson

Associate Consultant

Amy is a qualified social worker who has had a range of management experience working in local authority children’s services and the charity sector, varying from youth justice, child sexual exploitation and child protection to managing early help services and commissioning.

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Åsa Johnsson Humphries

Associate Consultant

Åsa is a social work professional who has occupied a variety of social care roles in both local and central government. She has significant senior management experience in children’s services with a strong track record of staff development and service transformation.

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Janice Lucas

Knowledge Transfer Fellow

Janice combines senior management experience with consultancy skills. Her particular strengths lie in health and social care integration and transformation, culture change, organisational and management development, commissioning, and practical project delivery in complex organisational environments.

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Graeme McLaren

Principal Consultant

Graeme brings over twenty years’ experience in local and regional government, and in the voluntary and community sectors, to his role at the Institute of Public Care. Graeme leads and delivers a range of organisational change and development programmes, with a particular focus on commissioning and market shaping.

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Mick Mellors

Associate Consultant

Mick has worked on a range of consultancy projects for local authorities and the NHS in both England and Wales. He was also the professional social care advisor for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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Mark Molloy

Knowledge Transfer Fellow

Mark is a qualified social worker and has particular expertise in commissioning. Commercially and politically aware, he brings a solid understanding of current legislation plus many years’ experience in senior management positions within children’s services.

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Professor Keith Moultrie

Associate Director

Keith has many years of experience in leading evaluation, development and implementation projects, and 10 years of health and social care management and practice. He is a regular speaker at national conferences, and plays advisory roles for governments, national bodies, local authority and NHS partners. His particular interests centre around system leadership, governance, commissioning and service quality.

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Paul Riley

Associate Consultant

Paul’s particular strengths lie in strategy development, service review and improvement, value chain design, partnership development and outcomes-based contracting. He has over 30 years’ experience across a range of sectors to improve outcomes, manage commercial risks, and reduce costs.

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Kumaran Sivanasen

Associate Consultant

Kumaran is an experienced healthcare professional with a professional background is in biomedical science and education. He is an excellent communicator with people of all ages and backgrounds, and is fluent in Tamil and English.

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Vivien Taylor

Associate Consultant

Vivien is a qualified social worker and has also worked as a children’s commissioning manager for health, leading on all aspects of children’s services commissioning and joint strategic service planning.

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Richard Timms

Associate Consultant

Richard brings over 25 years’ experience of working on a range of projects across the adult social care sector. He has a particular expertise in the design and the delivery of learning materials, organisational development, workforce development and integration strategies.

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Chris Watson

Associate Consultant

Chris has over 20 years' of experience working in the private, public and third sectors including charities, the NHS and local government with a focus upon learning disabilities and autism services and the promotion of self-directed support.

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Julia Whyard

Senior Consultant

During 15 years’ at IPC, Julia has led on a wide range of research, consultancy and training projects across adult’s and children’s services for local authorities, the NHS and other commissioner and provider organisations. Julia also brings extensive experience of working in business planning and development roles across the public, voluntary and commercial sectors including an NHS foundation trust, a social sciences institute and a European network of financial advisors.

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Sally Wilcox

Associate Consultant

Sally has over 25 years of professional experience at a senior level, within the adult services sector. She specialised in the housing sector, where she operationally and strategically led on the management and development of housing and services for older people, the homeless and care leavers.

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Sue Wise

Associate Consultant

Sue has over 30 years’ experience of working in a variety of educational settings including management and teaching in mainstream and alternative school settings, university lecturing and consultancy. She has particular strengths in accessing stakeholder perspectives to support service evaluations.

Support Team

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Andrew Backinsell

IT Support Co-ordinator

Andrew is an IT and video specialist whose work has a strong focus on bespoke software system planning and development, testing, implementation and support. He has also used his video background to produce multi-media materials for clients.

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Emma Beal

Office Administrator

Emma organises our Oxford office. Besides being the first point of contact for clients, she supplies administrative support to IPC consultants and associates as well as co-ordinating conferences and other events throughout the year.

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Lynne Bennett

Programme Administrator

Lynne is a member of the Administrative Team based at Oxford Brookes University, working alongside Sasha Carter, to provide administration for the accredited training and development programmes.

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Sasha Carter

Programme Administrator

Sasha is responsible for providing the comprehensive administration behind our portfolio of accredited training and development programmes. Her role encompasses, for each course, every part of the Oxford Brookes University accreditation process.

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Quentin Edwards

Business Manager

Quentin oversees the Institute's finances, contracts and the administration team. He has a successful track record of managing finance and improving office processes in both large and small organisations.

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Elise Halford

Research Assistant

Elise co-ordinates the helpline support for carers and families participating in evaluations for large national clients. Her work includes regular telephone contact with carers and families, providing them with support to participate in the surveys.

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Julie Latta

Finance and Systems Administrator

A member of our administrative team, Julie is responsible for a variety of finance procedures – including purchasing processes, sales invoicing and credit control – and the monitoring and reconciliation of university financial reports.

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Lesley Meredith

Office Administrator

Lesley organises our Bath office. Besides being the first point of contact for clients, she assists the day-to-day running of the office, lending general administrative support to IPC's team of consultants and associates.