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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Better Health and Care Programme

Meet the members of the IPPR Better Health and Care Programme team.

Meet the chair and members of the advisory board here.

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Harry Quilter-Pinner

Associate Director, Work and the Welfare State

He heads up IPPR's flagship Better Health and Care programme which looks to shape policy in the UK on the NHS, social care and public health. He was a lead author on the independent cross-party Lord Darzi Review which shaped the NHS Long-Term Plan and recent NHS funding settlement. He has also led the organisations work on austerity and public spending, and contributed to research on education, welfare and environmental policy. 

Harry writes regularly for the Guardian, Times, Independent and New Statesman, and has appeared on radio and tv, including Sky and BBC news.

In addition to his role at IPPR, Harry also works for LGBT Consortium, the UK's LGBT+ sector body. He was previously Director of Strategy at SCT, a homelessness and addictions charity and has worked at Global Counsel, a consultancy firm, and at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

He has a degree in economics from the University of York. 

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Chris Thomas

Senior Research Fellow

His research focuses on progressive solutions to the significant challenges faced by our health and care system today.

Areas of expertise:

  • Public health and disease prevention
  • Health, care and the NHS
  • Health and societal inequality

Prior to joining IPPR, Chris worked at Macmillan Cancer Support, where he set up and led a new inequalities team and function. Prior to that, he worked at Cancer Research UK, publishing a number of research papers on preventing cancer which were covered extensively in both national and trade media.

He has a degree in International Policy from University College London, specialising in politics and power

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Dean Hochlaf


Before joining IPPR, Dean was Assistant Economist at the International Longevity Centre, a think-tank focussed on addressing demographic issues, where he lead analysis on a wide range of issues from the global savings gap to the impact of austerity on public health.

At IPPR, Dean’s recent research has explored workforce conditions, the provision of social care and encouraging wider opportunities in education.

Dean holds an MSc in International Finance and Economic Development and a BSc in Economics from the University of Kent.

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Parth Patel

Research Fellow

Parth Patel is a junior doctor and will be joining IPPR as a Research Fellow after the pandemic.

Read Parth's article in The i Paper on his experience of tackling Covid-19 and why healthcare workers need 'care fit for carers' here.