PPL People

Our senior advisors help inform our approach to major national policy and local implementation, working directly with our board and with our teams on the ground. Please see below for details of some of the current members of our senior advisory team:

  • Professor Paul Corrigan CBE

    Professor Paul Corrigan CBE

    Chair, Advisory Group

    Paul Corrigan gained his first degree in social policy from the LSE in 1969, his PhD at Durham in 1974 and has been appointed visiting professor of public policy at the University of North London since 1995. He is a former Special Advisor to No. 10 and whilst in government led the development of Foundation Trust. He has subsequently become a highly respected commentator on healthcare across the UK. more
  • Professor Angela Coulter

    Professor Angela Coulter

    Senior Advisor

    Angela is Director of Global Initiatives at the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, Boston, and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford. A social scientist by training, Angela has a doctorate in health services research from the University of London. She was previously Chief Executive of Picker Institute Europe, a UK-based research charity specialising in measuring and improving patients' experience. more
  • Greg Parston

    Greg Parston

    Senior Advisor

    Greg Parston is the former Chairman of the Office for Public Management (OPM), a company that he co-founded in 1988 and led as chief executive until 2003. Respected internationally, he has extensive experience of public service delivery and policy and has advised leaders in government and civil service around the world. He was Director of the Accenture Institute for Health and Public Services, and served on HM Treasury's Public Sector Productivity Panel. more
  • Sir John Oldham OBE

    Sir John Oldham OBE

    Senior Advisor

    Sir John Oldham, a general practitioner, is also regarded as one of the world's leading experts in large system change, having practical experience of training teams to do this in a number of countries. His passion is, with others, to help make health care safer, more reliable and efficient. Sir John has most recently been involved with the UK Department of Health and NHS England as National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity and now chairs the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care... more
  • Dr Nicholas Hicks

    Dr Nicholas Hicks

    Senior Advisor

    Nick is a founder member of the COBIC programme and is Managing Director of Cobic Ltd. He was recently Director of Public Health in Milton Keynes. Nick’s career has included time as a practising GP, a public health consultant, a PCT chief executive, and several attachments in the Department of Health, including in its strategy unit and most recently advising the NHS Commissioning Board. more
  • John Wilderspin

    John Wilderspin

    Strategic Client Advisor

    John Wilderspin has extensive Chief Executive experience in the NHS provider and commissioning sectors. He has led a number of large national change programmes, and now works independently as a consultant, coach and facilitator. In his Trust and PCT Chief Executive roles, John has led substantial turnaround programmes, organizational mergers, and major service changes. He has also run a Commissioning Support Unit which successfully gained a place on the national Lead Provider Framework. John has significant national experience delivering a range of change programmes, including a clinical redesign programme for ENT and Audiology services more
  • Dr Julia Simon

    Dr Julia Simon

    Strategic Client Advisor

    Julia joined the NHS in 2004 on the general management training scheme after a first career as a philosophy lecturer and researcher. She was part of the small team that set up CCGs in 2012, and has worked in national commissioning policy and strategy since then, most recently as head of NHS England’s Commissioning Policy Unit and the national programme director for the co-commissioning of primary care. more
  • Janet Grauberg

    Janet Grauberg

    Strategic Client Advisor

    Janet is an organisational strategy & learning consultant with wide-ranging expertise in children and young people’s services across the statutory and voluntary sector. Her current work focuses on spreading innovation and good practice between organisations in the children’s sector. more
  • Jonathan Flowers

    Jonathan Flowers

    Strategic Client Advisor

    Jonathan is an experienced executive, non-executive and advisory/consultancy leader, who has delivered in senior roles in private, public and voluntary sectors over 30+ years. In the commercial world from 1987-2000 he undertook and led analytical projects, ran a 120-person internal consultancy division, and a commercial innovation team pioneering customer journey thinking. more
  • John Houghton

    John Houghton

    Strategic Client Advisor

    John has been a consultant since 2006, working with government departments, housing and regeneration bodies, and major national charities to improve outcomes for people and places. Starting his career at the Department of Communities and Local Government, John worked on the national programme to regenerate the poorest parts of England. This culminated in managing the £42m per year Community Programme. more
  • Neil Smith

    Neil Smith

    Strategic Client Advisor

    Neil is an experienced consultant with wide-ranging experience in the public, private and third sectors. He focuses on helping communities to develop their potential and to work better with the public sector. Neil is passionate about supporting communities to develop better and more sustainable outcomes, especially in places that currently experience high levels of health, education and economic deprivation. more