A brief look at Stephen Duckworth’s career. He’s being nominated for another honour and details of where to send any recommendations re-Stephen’s honour are at the end of this outline of his work with New Deal for disabled people, Serco, Capita and now the Shaw Trust. He is also an advisor for the new Work and Health unit. Please feel free to respond as you see fit.
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Stephen Duckworth OBE, PhD, MSc, LRCP, MRCS, FDSRCS
Berkeley House, Rectory Hill, West Tytherley, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 1NF
Results orientated and innovative strategic thinker with sound independent judgement. Leader with exceptional interpersonal skills combined with the ability and a willingness to influence, challenge and probe. Keen analytical mind that revels in new concepts. Strong national and international connections with the UN, WHO, International Labour Organisation, World Bank and International Disability Alliance. Personal values driven by integrity and ethical standards combined with a strong sense of fun.
2015 – Shaw Trust: Chair, Programme Board – Rehabilitation International Global Congress on Disability and Inclusion, Edinburgh 2016. This attracted over 1000 people from 68 countries with 200 speakers and 7 Ministers. Currently working with Ministers in China and India having previously developed a new approach to disruptive innovation that has now become known as frugal innovation allowing ideas from low income countries to be adopted by higher income countries.
2014 – Capita, Director – Disability Assessment Services
2012 – 2014 Managing Director – Health & Disability Assessment Service covering Wales, the Midlands and Northern Ireland with job based in London
2012–2012 Strategic Development Director – responsible for the company’s relationship with the Heart of Government.
2011-2012 Director, Serco Institute that aims to foster the development of sustainable public service markets through an outward-facing programme of research and communication.
2010-2011 Strategic Development Director, Serco Welfare to Work, supporting a 45 strong business development team to secure £210 million of business (Work Programme) to help disadvantaged people return to work.
2009-2010 Director West Midlands Flexible New Deal, Welfare to Work. Responsible for £20 million annual contract supporting over 5,000 long-term unemployed jobseekers to return to sustainable employment.
- Adviser to the Minister for Disabled People supporting the establishment of the Joint Work and Health Unit (2016 – ongoing)
- Association Member BUPA (2015 – ongoing)
- Commissioner – Commission on Assisted Dying Chaired by Lord Faulkner (2010 – 2011)
- Board Member Olympic Delivery Authority £9.2 billion budget Board Champion for Equality and Diversity, Chair Health, Safety and Environment Committee (2006 – 2012).
- Board Member National Quality Board Chaired by David Nicholson DoH (2009 – 2010).
- NED Business Link in London (2009-2010)
- External Member – Disability Equality Delivery Board Chaired by Sue Owen, Director General, DWP working across government departments to achieve Equality for Disabled People by 2025 (2009 – 2012)
- Adviser to the Secretary of the State, Minister for Welfare Reform and Minister for Disabled People (2005-7) to initiate the restructuring of the employment service provision for disabled people.
- NED – Route2Mobility Ltd a FSA regulated company providing ethical finance to disabled customers (2003 -2009).
- Member of the Council of the University of Southampton (1999-2007)
1999-2004 Initiated and designed and Award Winning New Deal for Disabled People return to work programme – The Gateway Partnership and developed a Project Lead Recruitment Process in partnership with the Employers Forum on Disability and Centrica. Continue to lead organic growth to establish a business with a turnover in excess of £2 million.