Health and wellbeing boards

Positive partnership working
The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

Under changes ushered in by the Health and Social Care Act, health and wellbeing boards are central to new relationships between local authorities and the NHS.

This session will explore the leadership opportunities offered by health and wellbeing boards and look at how they will work with clinical commissioning groups and other stakeholder organisations, especially providers. Richard Humphries will give a short policy update, followed by Dick Sorabji and John Wilderspin who will discuss the unique challenges facing boards in London.

Please invite your executive board members and clinical commissioning group colleagues to this event


Richard Humphries

Richard Humphries joined The King's Fund in 2009 to lead on social care and local government. He is a recognised national commentator and writer on social care reform, the funding of long-term care and the integration of health and social care. He is leading the Fund’s work on health and wellbeing boards and offering practical support to several local authorities and their health partners.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, his professional background is social work. Over the past 35 years he has worked in a variety of roles, including as a director of social services and health authority chief executive (the first combined post in England) and in senior roles in the Department of Health. Richard is a columnist for the Local Government Chronicle, a non-executive director of Housing21 and co-chair of the associates’ network of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Dick Sorabji

Dick Sorabji has been involved in public policy and management since 1981. In the 1980s he was a Shadow Cabinet adviser, covering both health and transport portfolios. He spent five years as a councillor in Lambeth becoming council leader in 1988.

Following a management degree at Imperial College he was asked to join the faculty of Imperial College Business School in 1991. During the next decade Dick taught on the MBA programme and was founding Director of the first Cabinet Office sponsored Public Service MBA programme. At Imperial his research investigated differing approaches to public service reform in the UK and around the world.

Dick joined the New Local Government Network as Head of Policy in December 2005 becoming Deputy Director in December 2006. In April 2008 he joined London Councils as Corporate Director of Policy and Public Affairs.

John Wilderspin

John has more than 25 years’ experience in health care management, and has held senior roles in a number of NHS organisations.

Prior to joining the Department of Health in his current role he was a primary care trust Chief Executive, firstly as joint chief executive officer of two primary care trusts in Hampshire and then from 2006 with NHS West Sussex. From 2000–5 he held a number of roles with both the NHS Modernisation Agency, where he led three national service improvement programmes, and with Department of Health where he was senior member of the performance team.