About us

Strategic Council

Our Strategic Council is made up of 18 member organisations, and provides the overall direction for IHPN’s work programme, ensuring our strategic agenda links with our members and their priorities.


Lord Kamlesh Patel (Chair)

Lord Kamlesh Patel was raised to the peerage as Baron Patel of Bradford, of Bradford in the County of West Yorkshire in 2006 and is a cross bench peer.

A qualified Social Worker, Lord Patel worked in inner city Bradford and then established a number of Third Sector agencies working with those misusing drugs and those with mental health problems; later moving to academia working with a number of universities.

Lord Patel has held a number of high-profile public appointments on national boards and committees, including the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Care Quality Commission. He was also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Lord Patel has contributed to a variety of Government policies including being the architect of the Government’s five year action plan for delivering race equality in mental health care. In 2007 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as a Ministerial Adviser to the Secretary of State (DCLG) in respect of the government’s PREVENT agenda (Preventing Violent Extremism). He was also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment culminating in the publication of the influential Patel Report.

In 2018, Lord Patel of Bradford was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care as the Chair of Social Work England – the new regulator for all child, family and adult social workers in England.

He was honoured with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999 and was voted “Yorkshireman of the year” in 2016.

Richard Bradford
Richard Bradford (Vice Chair)

InHealth Group
Group Chairman

Jim Easton-1
Jim Easton (Vice Chair)

Managing Director
Practice Plus Group

Justin Ash
Justin Ash

Chief Executive
Spire Healthcare

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson
Rachel Beverley-Stevenson

Chief Executive
One Medical Group


Chris Blackwell-Frost
Chris Blackwell-Frost

Chief Customer Officer
Nuffield Health


Brian Donley

Cleveland Clinic London

KP Doyle


Richard Evans2
Richard Evans

UK Managing Director
Alliance Medical Group

Dr Howard Freeman

Clinical Director
Independent Healthcare Providers Network


David Hare

Chief Executive
Independent Healthcare Providers Network



Justin Hely

General Manager, UK

Vivienne McVey

Chief Executive
Virgin Care


Nick Costa

Ramsay Health Care UK

Liz Perry

Interim Chief Executive
Operose Health

Paolo Pieri

Circle Health

John Reay

President and CEO
HCA Healthcare

Al Russell
Al Russell

Chief Executive
The London Clinic

Richard Tyler
Richard Tyler

Chief Executive
Horder Healthcare

Professor Andrew Walton

Executive Chair
Connect Health