The Cabinet Office has appointed 15 mutuals ambassadors to support public sector workers who want to spin out their services ito become independent social enterprises, Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, announced today.
The members of the Mutuals Ambassadors Programme will work free of charge to "drive forward the public service mutuals movement", a statement from the Cabinet Office said.
Ambassadors will deliver advice and support to emerging and existing mutuals, including troubleshooting and sharing commercial expertise. They will also promote the mutuals agenda and identify upcoming new projects.
"These new ambassadors will play a key role in finding solutions to overcome barriers to upcoming and existing mutuals," said Maude.
"We know there are thousands of front-line staff who know how the services they deliver can be run better, and the extra support we have announced today will help them to get there."
Maude also announced the relaunch of the Mutuals Information Service, the central information website for those considering spin-outs, where commissioners can see case studies, ask questions on chat forums and read advice and guidance.
The full list of ambassadors:
Patrick Burns, director of mutuals development, Prospects
Craig Dearden-Phillips, managing director, Stepping Out
Lance Gardner, chief executive, Care Plus Group
Peter Holbrook, chief executive, Social Enterprise UK
Ed Mayo, secretary general, Co-operatives UK
John Niland, chief executive, Central Essex Community Services
Graeme Nuttall, head of the equity incentives team, Field Fisher Waterhouse
Ali Parsa, chief executive and co-founder, Circle
Lynne Woodcock, managing director of Anglian Community Enterprise
Patrick Lewis, managing director of partnership services, John Lewis Partnership
David Fairhurst, co-founder and director, Mutual Ventures
Heather Mitchell, chief executive, SEQOL
Katie Taylor-Neale, senior manager, SEQOL
Andrew Burnell, chief executive, City Health Care Partnership CIC
Joanne Hay, head of business development and strategy, Tri-borough Children’s Services