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PANEL SESSION - Future of Care - Changing Communities


Chris Hampson, CEO, Look Ahead Care and Support - People with Long term mental health issues

Chris was appointed Look Ahead’s Chief Executive in January 2015, following fifteen years at the organisation including time as both a Director and Deputy Chief Executive. Chris began his career in local government and has worked for two inner London Local Authority Housing Departments. Chris has over 20 years’ experience working in housing and social care, including research and campaigning on behalf of the National Housing Federation as well as working in new business, policy and communications for two London based Housing Associations. Chris has previously chaired the National Housing Federation’s Supported Housing Providers Forum and is a member of their National Care and Support Advisory Group. He has recently been appointed as the not for profit representative for the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO, Race Equality Foundation - BME communities 
Jabeer is Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation.  Jabeer has gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage.  His studies have been used to inform government thinking, including interventions such as Sure Start, as well as the NSPCC’s Grove House Family Centre.  Jabeer provides leadership on the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parent education initiative at the Foundation.  SFSC programme has been widely adopted, in part because of its success in reaching, retaining and supporting poorly served families and communities.  Jabeer also leads on health and housing work at the Foundation, with the publications of a number of critically acclaimed evidence-based briefing papers on aspects of health and housing. A key part of his work is the Foundation’s role in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, which has seen the Foundation facilitate better conversations between the black and minority ethnic-led voluntary sector and Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.  This has been combined with ensuring that consideration for race equality, equality as a whole, and health inequalities play a part in the transformation of health and social care.  Jabeer sits on a number of committees and boards, including recently being on the advisory board of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. Jabeer was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List.

Anna Kear, CEO, Tonic Living - LGBT+ communities 

Prior to joining Tonic, Anna was Executive Director of UK Cohousing. She has been a high profile national ambassador for cohousing and active in the growing community led housing movement having helped establish new community-led housing hubs across the country, including London which was supported by the GLA and launched by the Mayor of London in July 2017. She has also contributed directly to the relaunch of the government’s £300 million Community Housing Fund which will help put local communities in the driving seat. Anna was formerly a development director for Aster Group for seven years and has worked in the field of housing for 30 years. She has worked for a number of Local Authorities, Housing Associations and a private sector house builder and covered a range of jobs mostly in housing development, strategy and project management, undertaking community led regeneration and new build projects, in both urban and rural areas. Anna also has experience in housing management, finance, grant programmes, sales, planning and community development. Anna has been a Board member of Wiltshire Community Land Trust, Bath Self-help Housing, and local community festival arts projects.


Patrick Ryan, CEO, Hestia - People with lived experience of homelessness

Patrick joined Hestia as CEO in March 2002 from Centrepoint where he had managed services, development and statutory income. Since 2002 Hestia has grown from a predominantly West London agency to a pan-London (incl. Berkshire and Kent) provider of a range of services, while retaining its focus on its service users. Patrick has significant governance experience and has been a trustee of a number of local, London wide and National agencies. Patrick has chaired a range of provider forums and has also been a co-opted to sit on Local Authority Oversight and Scrutiny committees. Patrick is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and an NUI graduate.
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