Speeches and panel sessions

Alistair Burt MP
Minister of State for Care and Support

Previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Alistair was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support in May 2015.


Alistair is on the Board of Patrons of Habitat for Humanity GB, a charity tackling poverty housing on a global scale and an Ambassador to Prospects, an organisation working together with people with learning disabilities to ensure they can lead fulfilled lives. He is also is proud to be connected to several local organisations serving Bedfordshire, including
acting as President of Carers in Bedfordshire.

Paul Burstow
Health and social care leader and social policy entrepreneur

Paul Burstow has a wide range of experience of government and public service. Paul served as Minister of State for Care Services, where he had an extensive brief.  His areas of responsibility included care for the elderly, adult social care, mental health and learning disability programmes. He was also responsible for reforming social care law, drafting the government's mental health strategy, for the return of public health to local government and the creation of health and wellbeing boards.


Paul has also chaired a working group on Age Ready Britain for the Liberal Democrats, and two year-long independent commissions, one on mental health with the think-tank CentreForum, another on the Future of Residential Care with the think-tank Demos and worked with the LGIU chairing a commission on home care which reported in December. 


Paul left Parliament at the General Election and is now undertaking a number of non-executive, advisory and public policy projects.
Rob Webster
Chief Executive, NHS Confederation


Rob joined the NHS Confederation as chief executive in February 2014. He has worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. He has been a Director for both the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership.

Rob has also been a successful chief executive in the NHS, running commissioning organisations and providers of NHS services. He has chaired formal Cancer, Primary Care, Community Trust and Learning Disability Networks. He has a history of effective partnership working and a strong commitment to system leadership. 

Panel session 1: How councils are taking forward their new duties underthe Care Act 2014 – what this means for people who use services,providers and their care teams


− Ray James, President of ADASS and Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care, Enfield Council
− Harold Bodmer, Vice President of ADASS and Executive Director of Adult Social Services for Norfolk County Council
− Cllr. Gillian Ford, Deputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board

Alison Holt
BBC Social Affairs Correspondent


Alison is an award-winning correspondent for the BBC. She reports for the main national news bulletins and for the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Panorama. The sensitivity and balance with which she covers subjects such as the pressures facing the social care system and child protection have been widely recognised. In 2015, Alison was named the Royal Television Society’s Specialist Journalist of the Year and she was awarded the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. Her Panorama examining the damage caused by poor residential care was named best factual programme examining older people’s issues at the Older People in the Media Awards, 2014.

Panel session 2: What’s important to people who use care services?

− Ann Macfarlane OBE, a person who uses homecare services
− Marjory Broughton, a relative of people using homecare services
− Stephen Lowe, Care Policy Adviser, Age UK


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