19 May 2009

New Innovators Council formed

Innovators Council to champion ideas 

A prominent social entrepreneur, the boss of Citizen’s Advice and a permanent secretary are among the members of a newly-created council charged with leading innovation in the public sector....


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Although we face the global downturn with public services in better shape than they have been, we should use this period to look again at how we can improve them.  With your help we can emerge from recession with a new generation of public services which are more effective and efficient for the taxpayer; better focused on the individual needs of the public; and which staff are confident and proud to deliver

Membership of the Council

Council members will be drawn from a range of backgrounds, organisations and responsibilities. A core of around 15 people will be chosen for their experience and appointed for a period of one year (three meetings). Additional members will be invited to join where focus on a particular issue requires specialist knowledge and experience. 

Members of the council confirmed so far are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Lord Victor Adebowale, Turning Point and the Sunningdale Institute
  • Philip Bartlett, programme director at JobCentre Plus
  • Alexis Cleveland, Director General of Corporate Services in the Cabinet Office who led the creation of the highly innovative DWP Solutions Centre
  • Matthew Coats, head of immigration at the UK Borders Agency
  • David Harker, CEO of Citizens Advice
  • Charlotte Hogg, Managing Director of Experian UK & Ireland
  • Peter Housden, permanent secretary of Communities & Local Government and former member of the Delivery Council.
  • Cathy Garner, CEO of Manchester Knowledge Capital
  • Dr Lynne Maher, Head of Innovation Practice at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
  • Dai Powell, Chief Executive of the HCT Group
  • Sally Russell, co-founder of the hugely successful and highly acclaimed website Netmums
  • Philip Rycroft, Director General of the Business and Innovation group at DIUS
  • Toby Salt, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director at the National College for School Leadership
  • Rob Whiteman, CEO of Barking & Dagenham Council

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