James Swaffield joins IMPOWER Consulting from Gate One

13 February 2020 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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IMPOWER Consulting has added a new Health Director to its UK team, with the arrival of James Swaffield. The former Gate One Client Director brings more than a decade of consulting experience to the role.

IMPOWER is an independent consultancy focussed exclusively on improving public services. Since 2000, the company has worked with clients to develop innovative solutions in the local government and health sectors, helping them to deliver better public services that are more effective, more affordable and sustainable.

While IMPOWER is predominantly known for its work in local government, its growing profile in the health market has steadily grown in recent times. The firm has worked with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and a range of providers, including GPs and community and acute trusts, to manage demand and implement sustainable, preventative models of care.

James Swaffield, Health Director at Impower

Now, as IMPOWER looks to meet its heightened demand in the healthcare sector, the consultancy has announced the appointment of James Swaffield as Health Director. In his new role, he will work to drive IMPOWER’s development of solutions in the health and care system, supporting the NHS and local health bodies to deliver better and more sustainable outcomes for patients, practitioners and managers.

Commenting on his arrival, Swaffield said, “I’m delighted to be joining IMPOWER at such a critical time for public services. Improving health and social care outcomes and enabling clients to deliver sustainable change has never been more important. The company’s pioneering approach to complexity has proven very effective and I look forward to building on its success.”

Swaffield joins IMPOWER from Gate One where he spent the last four years as the firm’s Government and Public Sector Lead, specialising in developing and delivering strategic change programmes across public and private sector clients, with a particular focus on health care and local government. Prior to that, Swaffield spent four years with Big Four firm EY – latterly as a Senior Manager in its international healthcare advisory wing – following a year with Tribal Group. There, he was a Consultant specialising in policy and commissioning work.

Martin Cresswell, Chief Executive of IMPOWER, remarked, “James is a fantastic addition to our consulting team and I know that his expertise and experience will enable our clients to break new ground. At IMPOWER, we know that public services can only be effective, affordable and sustainable when leaders embrace the challenge of complex systems. Managing the interface between healthcare and local government is vital in improving quality of life and outcomes across public services. It is therefore vital for IMPOWER to expand our health capability in order to help our clients work across system boundaries.”