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Chair Sharon Grant

Commissioners
Commissioner David Crepaz-Keay Commissioner Ian Hayes
Commissioner Perminder Paul Commissioner Jennifer Popay
Commissioner Arnold Simanowitz Commissioner Barrie Taylor

Executive Team
Steven Lowden, (Acting) Chief Executive
Leslie Forsyth, Director of Operations and PPI
David Orchard, Director of Corporate Services
Chair Sharon Grant
Chair Sharon Grant
Sharon Grant was appointed as Chair Designate in August 2002. She worked with the Department of Healths Patient and Public Involvement team to put in place arrangements for the arrival of the Commission on 1st January 2003, when she was formally appointed Chair.

A former senior university lecturer in Social Policy, Sharon became deeply involved in community development as a local councillor, in North London. As a former member of the then Family Practitioners Committee, she took a special interest in womens health issues, and in health inequalities.

She spent 13 years working in Parliament alongside her late husband Bernie Grant MP, and supported his campaigns for equal access to health care for disadvantaged inner city neighbourhoods, and for black and minority ethnic communities. She advised constituents with complaints against the NHS over many years, as well as local groups campaigning about a range of health concerns. She followed health policy closely at Parliamentary level, and provided research support on national and international health inequalities issues.

As a carer for some 10 years, she gained considerable insight into the experiences of patients and their families, and the plight of carers became a particular interest. Her interest in civil rights, diversity and the empowerment of excluded groups have led to her involvement in numerous community initiatives over a long period.

In 2000 she founded a charitable trust, which provides community leadership programmes for black and minority ethnic communities in neighbourhood renewal areas, and she also chairs a not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting black and minority ethnic arts and culture. She has also been a consultant to a number of voluntary organisations in need of capacity building, and serves as a trustee of her local voluntary and community sector association.

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Commissioner David Crepaz-Keay
Commissioner David Crepaz-Keay
Mr Crepaz-Keay is Senior Policy Advisor on Patient and Public Involvement for the Mental Health Foundation, that undertakes research, develops services, designs training, influences policy and raises public awareness to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental distress. Prior to this Mr Crepaz-Keay was Chief Executive of Mental Health Media, an organisation that challenges discrimination and exclusion of people with a psychiatric label and has been a consultant to local NHS Trusts, Social Service Departments and voluntary and academic organisations. He has written and lectured widely on mental health policy and service user involvement. He was also Chair of Survivors Speak Out, a national service user group.

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Commissioner Ian Hayes
Commissioner Ian Hayes
Mr Hayes has chaired a Patients Forum set up to review the activities of the NHS Leadership Centre/ Modernisation Agency, and to provide information on how such organisations might develop.

Ian is involved in a wide range of work, all of which is informed by the experience (including his own) of people living with long-term illness. He is particularly committed to the development, and delivery, of lay led self -management programmes in the voluntary sector and for the Expert Patients Programme.

Ian worked in the NHS for many years and experience of both financial management and service planning, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Ian is also a trustee of the Haemophilia Society.

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Commissioner Perminder Paul
Commissioner Perminder Paul
Mrs Paul is currently a Clinical Governance Facilitator with the North Birmingham Primary care Trust with the responsibility of delivering the Clinical Governance Agenda in the Trust and with local Practices. Prior to this she was working with the Heart of Birmingham teaching Primary Care Trust as the Patient Involvement Manager. Perminder has also experience of working with the voluntary sector in a community development capacity and is keen interest in local involvement.

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Commissioner Jennifer Popay
Commissioner Jennifer Popay
Prof. Popay is a Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Lancaster University. Prof. Popay has held similar posts at the universities of Leeds and Salford and has worked in the NHS. She has undertaken research on public and patient involvement in health and works with NHS organisations and local authorities, helping them develop ways of improving their relationships with local people. She has worked as a teacher in East Africa and has lived and worked in New Zealand. Her work in the voluntary sector has included a recent period as Chair of the Salford Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership. Professor Popay is also a Commissioner for the Commission of Health Improvements (CHI).

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Commissioner Arnold Simanowitz
Commissioner Arnold Simanowitz
Mr Simanowitz was involved in the founding of the charity, Action for Victims of Medical Accidents of which he was Chief Executive until December 2002. He is a trained mediator, and was a member of the Department of Healths Working Party on mediation in medical negligence cases. He was also a member of Lord Woolfs Working Group on medical negligence and then the Lord Chancellors Department Working Group and a member of the Legal Services Commissions London Regional Legal Services Committee. He is a non-executive Director of the National Patient Safety Agency, a co-opted member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the GMC and a member of the Chief Medical Officers Advisory Group on Clinical Negligence Reform. In 2001 Arnold received the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Award for Outstanding Achievement and an OBE for services to victims of medical accidents.

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Commissioner Barrie Taylor
Commissioner Barrie Taylor
Mr Taylor was previously a CHC Chief Officer with South West Hertfordshire Community Health Council. Prior to this he worked as a principal officer at North West Thames Regional Health Authority. He has been an elected member of Westminster Council since 1986 and is currently Chair of the Councils Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee. In the voluntary sector Mr Taylor leads a Development Association that organises national and EU projects on citizen involvement in public decision making. Alongside this he has chaired a Community Advocacy Project and OUTSET - a national charity devoted to working with people with disabilities. Barrie has also worked at the World Health Organisation (Europe) - helping to set up a European-wide patients rights network.

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Steven Lowden, (Acting) Chief Executive
Steven Lowden, (Acting) Chief Executive
Steve joined the Commission in November 2003 as Director of Governance and Deputy Chief Executive. Steve was previously Director of Operations in the NHS Modernisation Agency where his responsibilities included governance issues, business planning and ministerial correspondence. He has also held senior management positions within major public sector organisations.

He qualified as a teacher and holds a doctorate and a masters degree gained from Nottingham University and a Diploma on Employment.

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Leslie Forsyth, Director of Operations and PPI
Leslie Forsyth, Director of Operations and PPI
Prior to taking up post with CPPIH, Leslie Forsyth was the Chief Executive of an Edinburgh-based company training unemployed people for work in financial services and IT. He has a recent background of work in London and Scotland at senior levels in social inclusion and urban regeneration. Before this Leslie spent eight years in the NHS working in strategic and operational management, health service commissioning and public health. Leslie has also worked in the not-for-profit sector and was a member of a Community Health Council (CHC).

A key theme of Leslies career to date has been the empowerment of communities and individuals to enable them to exercise more control over organisations and services that impact on their lives.

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David Orchard, Director of Corporate Services
David Orchard, Director of Corporate Services
David was appointed as Director of Communications and Knowledge Management in October 2003, having already spent a few months with the Commission as Head of Knowledge Management in an interim role. Prior to joining the Commission, David was a director of a small international consultancy organisation. Other previous appointments included senior positions in start up organisations and in a number of multi-national businesses including Thomas Cook and DaimlerChrysler. David was also involved in the marketing of a number of internet based businesses throughout the world. He is passionate about empowering people and the networking of people, organisations and information through easily accessible technology.

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