The People's Inquiry - Panel

Roy Lilley


Roy Lilley is well known as an established, independent blogger (nhsManagers.net) and health policy analyst, writer, broadcaster and commentator on health and social issues.

Formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Management School, Imperial College London. Formerly at the Centre for Health Services Management at the University of Nottingham. A businessman, Roy also provides consultancy to NHS organisations and the companies that have services and products for the health service. In November 2004 he was made a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare management for his 'outstanding contribution' to healthcare management. Roy has, twice, been voted top UK speaker on NHS topics. He is the author of over twenty books on health and health service management. Roy can be found on Twitter as @RoyLilley.

Polly Toynbee


Polly Toynbee is a political and social commentator for The Guardian. Previously she was the BBC's Social Affairs Editor. She is vice president of the British Humanist Association and Chair of the Brighton Dome and Festival and a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation.

Her books include A Working Life, Hospital, Lost Children, The Way We Live Now, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? (with David Walker), and Hard Work, Life in Low Pay Britain.

Dogma and Disarray - Cameron at Half Time (with David Walker) is her latest book. She has four children, five grandchildren and lives in London and Lewes.


Sue Richards


Sue Richards was Professor of Public Management at the University of Birmingham, and from 2005 to 2010 was seconded to the Cabinet Office, where she was Director of Strategic Leadership at the National School of Government. She has researched, written and taught about many aspects of management and leadership in the public domain. In March 2013 she became co-chair of the campaigning organisation Keep Our NHS Public, a body which is committed to fighting the increasing marketisation of health services.


Louise Irvine


Dr. Louise Irvine has been an inner city GP for 20 years, and also a GP trainer and programme director. She is Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. Louise sits as a member of the Panel in a personal capacity, but she is also a member of the BMA Council, and of the Medical Practitioners Union of Unite


Naledi Kline


Naledi Kline RN, SCPHN, MSc has worked in the NHS as a registered nurse, midwife, and health visitor with many years front line practice, mainly in London. She has been a clinical senior manager in four London Trusts. Naledi is currently Head of Nursing: Standards and Practice at a large London NHS Trust and was runner up in the CPHVA "Manager of the Year" award for 2013.


Frank Wood


Frank Wood is presently on the executive committee of UNITE the Union representing over 90,000 health workers. He has worked in the NHS for over 25 years in pathology services. He is chair of the joint trades unions at Kings College Hospital where he has established a reputation as an active and campaigning trade unionist linking health workers with the local community and service users.

He has worked with London Keep Our NHS Public and Corporatewatch in highlighting concerns about the privatisation of the NHS.


John Lister


The Inquiry's Researcher,
John Lister


Now a freelance, John Lister has been a journalist for almost 40 years. Since 1984, working for the pressure group London Health Emergency, he has specialised in health policy.

Having obtained a PhD from Coventry University in 2004 for a thesis on market-style "reforms" in global health care, John this year published a completely revised and updated edition of the book based on it, now entitled Global Health Versus Private Profit. He won a 2009 Medical Journalists' Association award for his history of the NHS: The NHS After 60: for patients or profits?

Through London Health Emergency John has worked with a wide range of local, regional and national health unions, as well as local authorities, trusts and local campaigns, helping with publicity, policy analysis, responses to reconfiguration and other consultations, researching on mental health services, care of older people, exposing the Private Finance Initiative, and responding to the various plans to restructure health care in London since the 1992 Tomlinson Report.

John, who lives in Oxford, is a founder member of the Keep Our NHS Public campaign. He is a regular public speaker at meetings on NHS issues in England and international conferences and events.


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