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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

His research focuses on reducing inequalities and bettering our health and care system. He is interested in intersectional approaches to improve population health.

In addition to his role at IPPR, Parth works at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics where he tries to make sense of complex data to improve the health of marginalised groups in society. He is currently researching ethnic disparities in covid-19.

Prior to joining IPPR, Parth worked as a junior doctor and was on the front line during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He has been published in several academic journals and newspapers, including The Lancet, BMJ, The Independent and the Financial Times

He holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Medicine from the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Associate Fellow, Work and Welfare State

Dr Pearson-Stuttard, FRSPH, is also a public health physician and epidemiologist at Imperial College London, vice-Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and Head of Health Analytics at Lane, Clark & Peacock. Since completing his medical training at the University of Oxford, he has been awarded multiple competitive clinical-academic research positions from NIHR and the Wellcome Trust. His research has two main streams spanning non-communicable disease epidemiology, using big data and simulation modelling of health, economic, and inequality outcomes to inform public health policy, and investigating the increasing multimorbidity and diversification of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2018, Health 2040–Better Health Within Reach, which made several key recommendations, including the development of a Composite Health Index, which is currently being developed by the Office for National Statistics. Jonathan also regularly comments in the media on a range of research and policy issues.