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IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Commissioners

Meet the leading figures from academia, civil society, trade unions, life science, politics, and business shaping the commission's work

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Lord Ara Darzi

Co-Chair of the IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Ara is Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery, Imperial College London and a former health minister

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Dame Sally Davies

Co-chair, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Sally is Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University and a former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England

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Mayor Andy Burnham

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Mayor of Greater Manchester; former Secretary of State for Health 

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Sir Oliver Letwin

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and former shadow chancellor 

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Simon Wren-Lewis

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

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Kieron Boyle

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

CEO, Impact on Urban Health

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Matthew Taylor

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

CEO, NHS Confederation; former head of the Number 10 Policy unit 

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Carys Roberts

Executive director

Carys is the executive director of IPPR.

Prior to taking up the role, she was the chief economist and head of the Centre for Economic Justice at IPPR.

Carys was a key contributor to the final report of the Commission on Economic Justice, Prosperity and Justice, leading on the analysis in the report and recommendations relating to wealth, automation and labour markets.

Carys has appeared on national and regional broadcast media, including Radio 4, Radio 5Live, Talk Radio, LBC, BBC Breakfast and Sky All Out Politics. She has written for a range of online and print publications, including for the Guardian, and her research has generated front-page headlines.

She sits on the editorial advisory board of the journal Renewal, and is a member of the advisory group for Rebuilding Macroeconomics as well as the steering group of the Economic Change Unit.

Carys joined IPPR in 2015. She previously worked at the RSA, the Social Mobility Foundation, the IFS and in charity impact evaluation. She holds an MSc Social Policy (Research) from LSE, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Press release: Carys Roberts appointed IPPR Director (27/1/20)

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Professor Clare Bambra

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University 

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Professor Donna Hall

Advisory Board Member

Donna chair of NLGN and Professor of Politics at Manchester University. She was previously Chief Executive of Wigan Council.

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Marie Gabriel CBE

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory 

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John Godfrey

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Corporate Affairs Director, Legal & General; Executive Chairman, Business for Health; former Head of Policy, Number 10 

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Christina McAnea

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

General Secretary, Unison 

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Dr Halima Begum

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Chief Executive, Runnymede Trust 

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Jordan Cummins

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Director of Health, CBI 

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Kamran Mallick

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

CEO, Disability Rights UK 

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Dr Fiona Carragher

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Director of Research, Alzheimer’s Society; former deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England 

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Dr Charmaine Griffiths

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

CEO, British Heart Foundation 

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Sophie Howe

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Future Generations Commissioner, Wales 

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Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

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.

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Tom Kibasi

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Shortly after his appointment in mid-2016, Tom founded and chaired the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice with leading figures from across business and society, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the TUC, the Head of the City of London Corporation alongside community activists and organisers. Tom was a principal author and editor of the Commission’s final report, ‘Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy’ which was published in September 2018. The report was praised across the political spectrum with the Shadow Chancellor describing it as a ‘Beveridge Report for the economy’. 

Under Tom’s leadership, IPPR has had significant impact in areas ranging from the real choices on Brexit, recasting the relationship between tech and society, and the funding and reform of the health and care system. A recent independent survey of MPs found that IPPR was considered to be the second most influential domestic policy think tank by all MPs, and the most influential among Labour MPs in particular. IPPR’s communications have been modernised, with a new and more confident brand identity and much stronger engagement on social media. The relaunch of IPPR’s in-house journal has led to a doubling of its readership since 2015. 

Prior to joining IPPR, Tom spent more than a decade at McKinsey and Company, where he was a partner and held leadership roles in the healthcare practice in both London and New York. Tom helped government institutions with healthcare reform across a dozen countries in five continents and served international institutions, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and international foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During his time based in New York City, Tom supported US state governments to implement innovations to expand coverage and improve the quality and accessibility of care as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Tom was born in London in 1982 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history.