Challenge Panel issues call for evidence

The panel members, who will work alongside co-chairs Derek Myers, Board Member, Public Health England and Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council will be:

Jonathan Flowers, Market Director of local government, Capita
Helen Goulden, Executive Director, Nesta Innovation Lab
Ann Limb, Chair, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council
Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
Nick Markham, Board Member, Department for Communities and Local Government
Paul Scriven, Managing Partner, Scriven Consulting
Professor John Young, Head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

The panel is keen to receive evidence on both the challenges and opportunities of public service transformation.

The panel, appointed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has been asked to report in the Autumn will advise on what needs to happen both locally and nationally to increase the pace and scale of transformation within public services.

Derek Myers said: “During times of financial restraint, it is crucial that we work more closely together and share experiences in order to deliver better services that put people first. The Panel aims to recognise the great work already underway as well as identify potential barriers. The panel members’ varied expertise will help play a vital role in this work. But we urge those working in the public sector to step forward and share their evidence with us too.”

Pat Ritchie said: “I would urge those who are working hard to design sustainable public services which make a real difference to people’s lives to share their lessons with us. Evidence of joined-up working across different agencies, departments and localities would be most welcome. This is an exciting opportunity for the public sector to help shape its own future.”

The call for evidence runs from 1 May to 10 July 2014 and information can be found online here.