Director of Mental Health Innovation
Nick is Innovation Unit’s lead for innovation in mental health. Nick is currently Programme Director for the National Lottery funded Living Well UK programme, supporting four pioneering places in the UK to build Living Well systems of support for good mental health and wellbeing.
Nick began his career in local government with the London Borough of Camden, where he first led housing strategy and then the Council’s approach to engaging with and investing in its local third sector. During his time in local government he pioneered new ways of thinking about housing services in terms of wellbeing and led the development of the UK’s first outcomes based models of commissioning and grant making.
Nick managed the Cabinet Office Innovation in Giving Fund at Nesta before joining the national office of Mind, the mental health charity, where he led innovations in organisational development support for the federation of +150 local Mind associations. This included co-designing and delivering a successful leadership development programme for senior Mind leaders.
As well as mental health, Nick has led projects at Innovation Unit focusing on older people and children’s social care.