Alex is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare. Members include 6,000 Shared Lives carers who share their homes and family life with people who need support and 175 local organisations. Alex sits on the NHS Assembly and is Vice Chair of the Think Local, Act Personal board, leading its Building Community Capacity network. He is a Social Care Institute for Excellence trustee, an Honorary Senior Fellow, Birmingham University and London South Bank University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He chaired the government’s review of health and care charities (2015-18) and co-chairs the Social Care Learning disability & Autism Advisory Group. He co-founded the Social Care Innovation Network. Alex is author of A new health and care system: escaping the invisible asylum (Policy Press) and Meeting as Equals (RSA/NCVO) on the future of charities. He was awarded an OBE in 2017.