Capacity appoints new Chair of Board Representatives

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Perrie, former Board Member Representative, as Chair of the Board, in succession to Christopher Graham.

Today we are excited to announce the appointment of Financial Director and Consultant Jim Perrie to lead our Board of Representatives. Jim succeeds Christopher Graham, who has led Capacity: The Public Services Lab since its inception two and a half years ago. Today we thank Chris for his guidance and support during Capacity’s crucial start-up phase.

Jim is a former Board Member Representative for Big Society Capital and will continue to work alongside Chris Wright (Chief Executive, Catch22), Neil Rutledge (Director, Amberside Advisors Ltd), Maxine Ennis (Chief Executive, The Rotunda) and Ian Mulholland (Managing Director, Interserve Group Ltd).

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jim has held a number of roles as Financial Director and Chief Executive in both public and private businesses. In 2003 he established his own consulting business and has provided consultancy to large and smaller organisations within the criminal justice, education, and social welfare sectors. Jim was also a trustee of an educational charity for 10 years, has chaired the ICAEW Corporate Responsibility Committee, and is a former member of the ICAS Technical Committee.

Jim said,

I am delighted to become Chair of the Board on Chris’ retirement. He helped establish Capacity and was instrumental in creating its focus on public service provision. Public services are under huge strain currently, both from funding pressures and from increasing demand on services. I am excited to be working with our Chief Executive, Chris Catterall, and the enthusiastic, innovative and dedicated team he has built, to deliver solutions to these complex and socially important challenges.

Christopher Graham joined Capacity in October 2016 as its first Chair of Board. Having served as UK Information Commissioner from 2009 to 2016, Chris had access to politicians and policymakers nationally and also a strong network of public sector stakeholders in Liverpool City Region, having sat on Liverpool City Council from 1971-1974, serving on the Social Services and Education Committees, and more recently, serving as Vice-President of the Council of the University of Liverpool.

Christopher added,

It has been a privilege to share in the leadership and promotion of Capacity over the past almost three years and to witness it grow and flourish. I hope I have been able to help sell the concept of more effective partnership between the public and voluntary sectors. I have enjoyed working alongside Chris Catterall and the team and I am admiring of all they have achieved. But now Capacity’s very success and growth needs governance which is more commercially attuned. I am delighted that my Board colleagues have chosen Jim Perrie to move things on to the next stage. I shall continue to support Capacity in any way I can – but now from the sidelines.

Chris Catterall, Chief Executive of Capacity: The Public Services Lab, commented,

We are very grateful to Chris for his continuous reassurance and support during Capacity’s first years. Jim’s appointment marks an exciting time for Capacity as we navigate out of our start-up phase and look to the next stage of development. With a staff team of fifteen, we are looking forward to taking on projects in a variety of areas including Children’s Social Care, Primary Care, Supported Living and Community Business.

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