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Lord Professor Victor Adebowale CBE

Lord Professor Victor Adebowale CBE
Victor is Chief Executive of Turning Point, a leading health and social care organisation which provides services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability. The organisation has designed, implemented and grown Connected Care community commissioning and service design.

Today Turning Point provides services to over 140,000 people from 250 services across England and Wales, employs 2000 people with a turnover of £85 million. Victor is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental ill health, drugs, alcohol
addictions, a learning disability and those with cross cutting and complex needs. He has driven forward government policy, been instrumental in negotiating significant change within large organisations, chaired regeneration projects and managed large organisational budgets.

He is one of the country’s top sector leaders in the policy and delivery of health and social care. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and holds numerous honorary doctorates as well as being an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and of Cambridge University Judge Business School.

Victor has a passionate interest in public service reform and reversing the inverse care law, (ie those who need public services most tend to get them least). In pursuit of this interest he lectures and speaks widely on the subjects of poverty, social exclusion, equality and human rights, leadership and change management.

Victor Adebowale started a career in housing as Estate Manager with Newham Council moving to become Head of Permanent Property at Patchwork Housing Association in 1985 and then Regional Director of Ujima Housing Association. From 1990 to 1995 he was Director of the Alcohol Recovery Project in London and from 1995 to 2001 was Chief Executive of Centre Point, the National Youth Homelessness Charity.

Victor is on the Board of the Audit Commission, and is a member of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He is President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry, President of the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association and sits as a Non-Executive Director at 360 IT Collaboration Ltd and Leadership in Mind.

In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours’ List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.


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