Nicholas Timmins, former public policy commentator at the Financial Times, works part-time at The King’s Fund on a range of policy projects.
These have included joint work with the Institute for Government on the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Never Again? The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012) and its aftermath (The World’s Biggest Quango), interviews with departing chief executives and system leaders, and an account of the quest by the Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand to achieve more integrated care. He was also rapporteur to the Barker Commission.
Nicholas is also the author of The five giants: a biography of the welfare state, of Glaziers and window breakers: the role of the Secretary of State for Health, in their own words, and co-authored A short history of NICE. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government, a senior associate of the Nuffield Trust, and a visiting professor in social policy at the London School of Economics. He was president of the Social Policy Association between 2008 and 2011 and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.