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Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists of leading experts in the fields of social care and social policy.


Bob Hudson is a Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the University of Kent. Prior to this he has held posts at the University of Leeds, University of Durham, University of Glasgow and New College Durham.

He has written prolifically on a range of social policy issues related to health and social care for the past forty years. His most recent book, Clients, Consumers or Citizens? The Privatisation of Adult Social Care in England has just been published by Policy Press.

Shereen Hussein is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is an established multi-disciplinary research leader with extensive social care and health research experience working primarily with policymakers in the UK and internationally. Her background is in medical demography, statistics and computer science. Shereen is a Co-Director of PRUComm, focusing on health and social care systems and commissioning. Shereen collaborates with prominent international policy stakeholders, including the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the Population Council and the World Bank. Over her career, she has acted as an expert advisor to various OECD and Middle-income countries to develop long term care and dementia policies and plans. Shereen leads an extensive research portfolio and has recently established a unique GCRF-funded research network specific to policy and practice development for healthy ageing in the Middle East and North Africa.


David McCoy is Professor of Global Public Health at the Institute of Population Health Sciences, at the Barts and the London Medical and Dental School within Queen Mary University London. He qualified as a medical doctor from Southampton University and spent six years as a clinician in the UK and South Africa, before entering a career in public health. He spent a further seven years in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and the Health Systems Trust, an NGO established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system. Since returning to the UK, he has worked across the NGO sector, academia and the NHS - including periods of time as a Director of Public Health in London and Director of Medact, a London-based public health charity that works on the underlying social, political and ecological determinants of global health. He has a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Trustee of the Centre for Health in the Public Interest.

John Mohan is a Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, and Director of the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham.

He is a co-author of Continuity and change in voluntary action: patterns, trends and understandings and The logic of charity: great expectations in hard times.

Heather Wakefield is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Greenwich and a member of the Advisory Board of the Work and Equalities Institute at Manchester University. She is Chair of Maternity Action and a trustee of the Vache Baroque Festival. Before retirement, Heather was Head of Local Government at UNISON, where she spearheaded the Ethical Care Charter and was also a member of the Low Pay Commission.


Atul K. Shah has thirty years of business research, teaching and broadcasting experience. He has published books on Boardroom Diversity, Ethical Finance, the Politics of Banking, Celebrating Diversity and Reinventing Business Education. He has also written a number of research papers in top scientific journals, and is a sought after speaker and advisor. Currently, he is a Professor at City, University of London and working on a new theory and model of Inclusive Finance.

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