Our External Experts

The Commissioners will be supported by a larger group of external experts which will meet two or three times over the life of the Commission. Bringing together local and national expertise, the experts are:

  Dr Martin Bardsley - Head of Research, The Nuffield Trust

Martin Bardsley is Head of Research the UK-based health policy think tank the Nuffield Trust. He leads a programme of research which includes work on predictive risk modelling, data linkage and statistical evaluation, resource allocation and care at the end of life.  He has recently completed work looking at patterns of health and social care use and studies of hospital and social care use at the end of life.

Martin has over 20 years experience in health services research and analysis. He has previously lead a national programme of work on developing innovative approaches to the use of information to support healthcare regulation; studies of population level health in London and research into the measurement of case-mix and patient outcomes.  


Liz Chidgey – Managing Director, Essex Care

Liz is Managing Director of Essex Cares Ltd, a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) that provides social care services to thousands of people enabling them to live active lives and remain independent at home.

Formerly Essex County Council’s Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) – a vital statutory officer role for every Local Authority, Liz was ultimately responsible for assessing local needs and ensuring availability and delivery of a full range of adult social services. This included a particular commitment to promoting the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and ensuring service quality and standards.


Martin Dean – former Chair of Chelmer Housing Partnership and Associate Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

A lecturer in housing policy since 1989, Martin also has hands-on experience of the housing sector having been involved with housing associations since the early 1990s.  Martin has served on the Board of the Chelmer Housing Partnership (now CHP) in Chelmsford since 2002.


Andrew Gardner - Chief Executive, AgeUK Essex 

Andrew joined Age UK Essex in August 2011 after four years whith the charity Headway Cambridgeshire and before that twenty four years in various senior management roles within the commercial sector.

Since 2009 Andrew has also been a trustee of a user Led Organisation which works to ensure that disabled people are given the choice and control they need to live the life they choose.


Chiara Garattini, Anthropology & User Experience, UK Healthcare and Life Sciences Innovation Team, Intel Corporation

Chiara Garattini is an anthropologist working as a researcher in the Health Strategy & Solutions – UK Healthcare and Life Sciences Innovation Team at Intel Corporation.

Her expertise revolves mainly around health, technology, and user experience. Specifically, she contributes to different stages of the technology design process by gaining deeper insights in the way people understand and interact with technology. She has a particular research interest in exploring the challenges faced when technology is translated from the lab to the real world.   

Patrick Geoghegan OBE - Chief Executive, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Patrick has over 30 years NHS clinical and leadership experience. He is known nationally and internationally as a champion for transforming mental health services. 

With a wealth of experience both working within the private and public sector, Patrick has worked at national level within the NHS and has been instrumental in helping develop national policies which have had a major positive impact within the UK.


Kate Lampard - Vice Chair, NHS South of England

Kate Lampard has previously worked as a barrister specialising in insolvency, company law and property matters. She has held several NHS appointments, as a non-executive director of West Kent Health Authority, Chair of Invicta Community Care NHS Trust, and Chair of Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority.

Since 2006 she has worked as an independent associate of consulting companies Verita Limited and Foresight Partnership Limited undertaking investigations, inquiries and consultancy work for public sector organisations.

Additionally, Kate is a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd. She is also a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a large charitable grant-giving body and a non-executive director of RHS Enterprises Ltd, the commercial arm of the Royal Horticultural Society.


Imelda Redmond CBE -  Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care

Imelda joined Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2012. She was previously Chief Executive at Carers UK for twelve years.

In her earlier career she ran family support services for children with disabilities. She is a non-executive director of the Homerton University Trust and a Governor of a City Academy.


Bob Reitemeier CBE - Chief Executive, Essex Community Foundation

Bob is Chief Executive of Essex Community Foundation (ECF), an independent grantmaking  charitable trust which manages funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and public agencies.  Since 1996, ECF has built an endowed fund of over £20 million and has awarded nearly 5,000 grants totalling over £19 million to voluntary and community organisations working in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.  ECF is one of 54 Community Foundations across the UK and plays a critical role in the development of local philanthropy and resources to sustain local communities.

Bob has been a Member of the Youth Justice Board since 2006 and prior to joining ECF in 2012, he was Chief Executive of The Children’s Society for 10 years.  He received a CBE for services to children in 2012.


Elio Riboli - Professor and Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London

Elio holds an M.D. degree and a Master of Public Health from Milan and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Harvard.  He is a Registered Physician and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Following almost twenty years at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, Elio joined Imperial College London as Professor of Cancer Epidemiology in 2005; in 2006 he was appointed Divisional Head of Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care, and became Director  when the School of Public Health was established in January 2010.

Professor Riboli has co-authored over 310 peer-reviewd publications and more than 100 chapters and books and serves on editorial boards of major journals on nutrition, cancer and epidemiology.


Jenny Secker - Professor of Mental Health, Anglia Ruskin University

Jenny trained in Edinburgh, first as a mental health nurse and later as a social worker. After completing her PhD with the Department of Social Work and Social Policy at Edinburgh University she worked as a researcher in a number of academic and practice organisations.

Her main research interests are in the area of mental health, employment and social inclusion. Between 2005 and 2007 she led the team commissioned by the UK Department of Health and Department for Culture Media and Sport to carry out the study Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts. Following publication of that study she has supported the development and evaluation of Open Arts, a project providing arts participation and wider inclusive opportunities for people with mental health needs in South Essex.


Alison Wilson - Chief Executive, West Essex Mind

Alison leads West Essex Mind, a local charity working to support people affected by mental ill health, and the people around them, on the journey towards recovery. Alison is also a member of the Uttlesford Health and Wellbeing Board


Raphael Wittenberg - Senior Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

At the LSE, Raphael leads a programme of research on financing long-term care. He and his team have designed and constructed models for making projections of demand for long-term care for older people and for younger disabled adults and associated public and private expenditure on care services. These models have been used widely to prepare projections for UK Government Departments, official Commissions, local authorities and think tanks, and for the UK contribution to international comparative studies. At Oxford he leads a comparative study of eligibility criteria for adult social care in different countries.

For many years a Senior Economist at the Department of Health for England, Raphael led a team of analysts providing economic, operational research and statistical advice and analysis for policy-makers and Ministers on social services, mental health services, services for disabled people, child health services and offender health services.

Raphael has published in a range of academic journals including Ageing and Society, Fiscal Studies, Health Economics Policy and Law, Health Statistics Quarterly, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Social Policy & Administration, and Social Policy and Society. He holds an MA in politics and philosophy from Oxford and an MSc in economics from the LSE.