Cabinet Office appoints 15 'mutuals ambassadors' to support public sector spin-outs

Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, says the members of the programme will promote the mutuals agenda and identify new projects

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

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.

They include Peter Holbrook, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, and Craig Dearden-Phillips, managing director of the consultancy Stepping Out and a Third Sector columnist.

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

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