Please find below a list of colleagues that Charlie Brooker has recently worked with.

Danny Alba


Areas of Expertise

Contract management, programme and project management; contracting support and bid development projects; Cost improvement programmes including disinvestment schemes and redeployment of resources; Quality reviews and developing service improvement plan; contract and service reviews in terms of quality, performance, timeliness and value of contracts; business case and business planning; market engagement including new market penetration; value management and benefits realisation reviews; investigations – clinical, serious incidents and management/disciplinary.

Qualifications & Experience

MSc in Public Service Commissioning / NHS commissioning, procurement and contracting; PGC Strategic Project Management / NHS strategic project management and delivery; MSP Practitioner / NHS programme management and delivery; Registered Mental Nurse / mental health nursing career from staff nurse to senior manager; NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier of Care and Management awards / I have NVQ 4 and NVQ 5 in Management as well as D32, D33 and D34.; Visiting lecturer at local universities for management and healthcare; I also taught on the Registered Manager Award course at Wakefield College;

Commercial experience

I ran a limited company for 2 years until recently and I deal with commercial providers in my NHS job and as a Management Consultant.

Recent clients / projects

South Kirby Medical Practice – AQP bid development and submission which was successful; Quintiles Commercial – project re: insights into the new NHS commissioning architecture; Ascension Healthcare Consulting – project re: insights into prison health commissioning; Sun Healthcare Ltd – bid evaluation critique; NHS Lambeth – clinical audit and service review; Soar Beyond Ltd – business case development; Spectrum CIC – training and consultancy re: prison deaths in custody clinical reviews; IHW CIC – bid proposal development.

Professor Martin Brown, School of Health Sciences, University of York


Previously Director of High Secure Services,Ashworth Hospital; Head of Mental Health policy, Department of Health, Chief Executive, Northern Centre for Mental Health.

Areas of Expertise

Mental Health Policy; Managment of mental health services; leadership in mental health; organisational change management and strategic development.

Recent clients

Trimbos Institute(Utrecht): Montenegro, Increrasing Capacity in Mental Health system – Swiss Development Corporation: Moldova, Preparation of Mental Health Development Programme World Health Organisation: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Romania: Reviews and development work

Nichola Cadet


Details about me

Nichola is a senior lecturer in criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, with extensive experience of working with both commissioners and providers of offender health services in prison and community settings.

Prior to her lecturing role, she held a number of management roles in the voluntary and public sectors developing expertise in commissioning, developing substance misuse services; services for women in the Criminal Justice System through developing pan-European programmes, and implementing mentoring services for young people at risk of school exclusion.

Recent contracts/clients:

  • NHS England WYAT Health Needs Assessment for Humberside Police
  • NHS England WYAT Health Needs Assessment for Humberside Sexual Assault and Referral Centre
  • NHS Wakefield District Health Needs Assessment for Rivendell YO Unit HMP and YOI New Hall
  • Capacity building a social enterprise to bid for, and win prison health contracts

David Denney

David Denney is Professor of Social and Public Policy in the Department of Criminology and Sociology Royal Holloway University of London. He has extensive research experience in the field of criminal justice having written numerous books and refereed journal articles in the areas of probation practice, diversity and criminal justice, mental health, and risk.

He has consultancy experience over a twenty five year period. He has advised a number of organisations including the Commission on Systematic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System, The Canadian Judiciary, Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, National Task Force on Violence Perpetrated against Social Workers. He has also extensive experience of consultancy in the higher education field in validation and course development.

Emma Durmaz


Emma Durmaz is the Clinical Manager and Forensic Nurse Examiner at The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre, West Mercia. Emma is an experienced sexual offences examiner, and was the first nurse to be awarded the Diploma in Forensic & Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault (DFCASA).

Emma is dedicated to ensuring all aspects of the Forensic Examination are victim centred. A philosophy of an holistic approach to therapeutic care and ongoing support is at the heart of each victims experience. Emma offers clinical supervision and peers review to nurses across the UK practising as Forensic Nurse Examiners.

Dr Ellen Harley


See the link below for details of Ellen’s work experience and current work programme.

Ruth Jones


Director of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse specialising in domestic and sexual violence.

Expertise and experience in the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, bespoke training, research, evaluation, consultancy and the production of policy and resource/toolkits.

Recipient of a number of awards including Applied Researcher Award (2010),  Worcestershire Woman of the Year, 2011, inspirational women of Europe in 2012 and received an OBE in the New year Honours list 2014 for her work in relation to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Recent Clients include: Rape Crisis England and Wales; Women’s Aid; Somerset County Council and Stonham Housing Domestic Violence project

Damian Mitchell, Director, IHWUK

Damian held a number of senior national posts at the Department of Health for over 10 years, including:

  • Most recently, the National Improvement Lead, Alcohol Improvement Programme, Department of Health (2008 – 2011)
  • Head of Organisational Development, Care Services Improvement Partnership,
  • National Lead and Director of Programmes, Health and Social Care in Criminal Justice,
  • Programme Director, Mental Health, Justice and Offender Services National Health Service University (NHSU)
  • Head of Healthcare Training, Prison Service College and Department of Health

A key element of all of these posts, was consultation relating to policy and programme changes with a wide range of stakeholders and managing a series of large and complex programmes, with a focus on organisational and systems change.

Damian was responsible for the development and management of a national web based Alcohol Learning Centre (ALC). The ALC provides online support and resources to commissioners, service managers and practitioners with a responsibility for, or an interest in, the prevention and treatment of alcohol misuse or alcohol-related ill health.

Damian is a nurse by background (general and mental health) and earlier in his career, worked in a variety of Mental Health settings before moving into Higher Education as a Lecturer/researcher in Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. Damian has a Masters Degree in Applied Research and Quality Evaluation from the University of Sheffield.

Since leaving the Department of Health, Damian established Health and Wellbeing UK as a Community Interest Company and is a Director of the Company.

Malcolm Pearce

Malcolm worked in the Department of Health and Other Government Departments for over twenty years and has a strong background in health and social care and working at the highest levels. He is highly experienced in the design and implementation of high profile national policy across the DH, NHS, European Commission, and other government departments. He developed the national DH Mental Health / NHS Confederation national contract for 2011-13 and has considerable experience in analysing and synthesising large volumes of data, drafting reports to inform policy and strategy at a national level.

He has contributed to a large number of consultation exercises including the introduction of Personal Medical Services Pilots and the General Medical Services contract negotiation. He has also worked extensively with patient groups including leading on patient and public consultation on access to personal healthcare records and the “Healthspace” initiative.

Malcolm Pearce is a highly experienced project manager (PRINCE 2 trained) and Risk Management Practitioner and spent three years delivering software and management training across the UK.

Coral Sirdifield

Coral is a Research Assistant at the University of Lincoln. She has previous experience of working on the Northumbria health needs assessment in police custody suites.

She has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods in a variety of criminal justice settings. This has included conducting focus groups with prisoners, and conducting semi-structured interviews with offenders on probation and a variety of criminal justice staff.

She is currently submitting a PhD in Criminal Justice and Health which investigates the prevalence of mental health disorder amongst offenders on probation in one English county and the role of the probation service in offender health. Further details, including a list of publications can be found elsewhere on this site.

Professor Karen Tocque

Karen Tocque is a trained epidemiologist and has over 25 years’ experience of statistics, data systems and research, with the last 17 years working in applied population and public health intelligence. She currently runs her own Community Interest Company KT Intelligence CIC and is honorary Professor of Health intelligence at Glyndwr University, North Wales. She works in collaboration with other like-minded social entrepreneurs and academics in England and Wales to publish research and intelligence that will help inform local, regional and national policy.

Karen has a long-standing interest in health inequalities and behavioural ecology and has undertaken a range of research projects relating alcohol use, smoking and mental health and links with social deprivation. With an expertise in developing the systems and surveillance tools needed to collect robust data and in applying analytical techniques for innovative research, she has a recognised ability to deliver health intelligence both within the public sector and within academia. She also provides consultancy to various PCTs and regional bodies to mentor local staff in health data, statistics and epidemiology. She has previously analysed data in five Police Custody HNAs.

Russell Webster

A trained probation officer, Russell Webster has been a researcher and evaluator specialising in the fields of substance misuse and crime since 1996. He is the author or co-author of over thirty national publications on these issues.

Russell keeps at the forefront of policy and practice development while maintaining hands-on experience of work with the local voluntary sector. He balances a portfolio which includes national research studies and policy advice with needs assessment and evaluation work with community organisations.

Russell continues to specialise in multi-agency partnership work and has recently developed expertise in both payment by results and digital engagement.

His main clients are Drug Action Teams and their successors, Community Safety Partnerships, Probation Trusts and voluntary sector organisations. He has done recent work for the Youth Justice Board and the RSA.

Dr Edward White and Dr Julie Winstanley

For details of Edward and Julies work experience and current work programme please refer to the following link: