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Professor Simon Brake


Chief Innovation & Engagement Officer, Warwick Medical School

Professor of Clinical Leadership & Management, Warwick Medical School

Industrial Professor, Warwick Manufacturing Group



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Research Interests

• Health System Leadership
• Health and Social Care Economy Dynamics, Systems and Reform
• Primary Care Commissioning and Planning
• Public Sector Leadership and Management, and Public Value
• Effective Clinical Leadership Models
• Health and Social Care Service Reconfiguration


Simon graduated from the University of Warwick in 1995, gaining professional membership of the IHM (the Institute of Healthcare Management) in 1996, appointed a fellow of the IHM (by Assessment) in 2004, and a Masters of Public Administration (MBA) from the Warwick Business School (2007) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies (2008) from Coventry University, and holds professorships at the University of Warwick and Coventry University. Simon has worked in a variety of general and senior management roles across health and social care, within the National Health Service in hospitals, commissioning, and central government policy until 2006, then as a senior officer for Coventry City Council and for 2 years as a chief officer working in primary and community care across the NHS for Coventry and Rugby. From April 2017 until the summer of 2019, Simon worked as the Chief Officer for Walsall CCG, and was appointed to the medical school in July 2019 in his current role as Chief Innovation & Engagement Officer and Professor.

Simon is a health service and local government chief officer, having worked in the field in a variety of roles at local, sub-regional, regional and national levels for the past twenty years. Working with clinical colleagues, Simon led the transformation of maternity and neonatal services across the West Midlands whilst commissioning specialist services for children from 2002 - 2006, and from 2006 – late 2014, worked in local government, leading an upper-tier/unitary council for Public Safety & Housing, Health, Resilience, Libraries, Information and Advice and Adult Education. In addition, he supported elected members in reducing inequalities and improving services for residents of the city, responding to and delivering the significant reductions in funding for local government and scrutinising and overseeing the city's health services and chairing the local Coventry Citizen's Advice Bureau, managing a staff of some 900 and an annual budget of approximately £30 million. Finally, Simon also led adult serious case reviews, represented the City Council within a number of health structures, sat on the board of the city's 2 CCG clinical leadership teams, Arden A&E Delivery Board, the West Midlands LRF, and as a member of the West Midlands Clinical Senate Council, as vice-chair.

In his role as the Chief Officer for Walsall CCG for over two years until the summer of 2019, Simon was strategically & managerially responsible for leading the commissioning and planning of health and care services for the population of Walsall (280,000 people) with a commissioning budget of £450m PA, delivering a place-based care/ICP model for Walsall. Most recently, Simon led the successful recommissioning and transformation of the borough’s stroke services into a regional HASU model, leading to improved outcomes for patients and a sustainable service for the future, as well as the CCG being elevated from the previous special measures regime and rated as “inadequate”, & having further improved to be rated as ”Requires Improvement” and then “Good”. In his previous role, as Director of Primary Care for Coventry & Rugby’s CCG and Chief Executive of the GP Federation, Simon led on primary care development, and the establishment and growth of a GP federation and primary care provider for the Coventry & Rugby as its Chief Executive, and the application for a significant & successful Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund grant.

In his current role as Chief Engagement & Innovation Officer for the University of Warwick Medical School, Simon has responsibility for developing new ventures and supporting innovation including the new DHSC very high throughput MegaLab , as well as maintaining and establishing links with the Medical School’s partners across the local NHS & Health diaspora and beyond. Simon also co-leads on teaching for clinical leadership and management for post and undergraduate teaching at the medical school as well as supporting a range of teaching and research across the wider university.

As part of contributing to the response to the COVID-19 global pandemic from March 2020, Simon led the transfer of, and ongoing support for, over 500 medical students to working in the region's NHS, caring for patients in hospital and supporting local NHS services in maintaining core capacity. Simon also returned to NHS service part time with South Warwickshire FT at the George Elliot Hospital as Associate Director for Operations and Resources, leading on a number of aspects of COVID-19 response including vaccination and establishing as PI the SIREN trial at the Trust. In addition to teaching, Simon led the REACT-2 trial site at WMS, supporting Imperial College, also leading the WMS Restart programme, and leading and establishing The University's Covid-19 testing service as part of Test & Trace service & local pillar 1 NHS core services and end of term asymptomatic mass testing, as well as participating in and leading a range of research activity. Simon is also seconded part time to the DHSC and newly formed UK Health Security Agency to lead the new Rosalind Franklin Laboratory megalab in Strategy, Legacy & Partnerships, supporting future critical national infrastructure and resilience in preparing for future pandemics and complex genetic challenges in the years ahead.

Simon regularly leads and chairs large scale service reconfiguration reviews, participates in national policy working groups and workshops, leading and exploring new policy directions within the changing landscape of NHS, social care and the broader policy arena, and has been appointed as a member of the DHSC Secretary of State's Independent Reconfiguration Panel. Additionally, Simon sits as a member on the West Midlands Fire Authority as the member for the health service. Simon holds professorships at the University of Warwick Medical School and Warwick Manufacturing Group’s institute for Digital Healthcare, as well as a visiting professorship at Coventry University’s School of Health and Life Sciences, teaching and working on a variety of degree courses, university committees and research projects.

Finally, Simon has a number of roles outside of the academic and health community. Simon is a trustee of Coventry's Citizens Advice Bureau, having been chair and vice chair for the past 13 years, and has a particular interest in the care, housing and resettlement of refugees, an area he has worked within on a number of projects over many years. Simon is also chair of the West Midlands Veterans Advisory & Pensioners' Committee (VAPC), appointed by the MoD, looking after the interests of our veterans across the Region, has also served as a PCC member and church warden for his local church over the past 14 years, and is an enthusiastic chorister with several choirs.

  • Brake, S, Millington Sanders, C, Thomason, D. Assertive Transition Service (Medium and High Security Mental Health), NHS England & Improvement (Midlands) Commissioned Review, December 2021
  • Patel J, Robbins T, Randeva H, de Boer, R, Sankar S, Brake S, Patel K. Rising to the challenge: Qualitative assessment of medical student perceptions responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical Medicine Oct 2020, 
  • Holmes J, Brake S, Docherty M, Lilford R & Watson S. Emergency ambulance services for heart attack and stroke during UK's COVID-19 lockdown. vol 395 May 23, 2020
  • Seamer P, Brake S, Moore P, et al. Did government spending cuts to social care for older people lead to an increase in emergency hospital admissions? An ecological study, England 2005–2016. BMJ Open April 2019
  • Brake S, Independent Chairing of the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Future Fit Joint Committee August 2017 & 2019
  • Brake S, Chair clinical senate reviews for Shropshire & Staffs Community Maternity Services & Telford ED Autumn 2018
  • Brake, S, Contributor & Subject Matter Expert for Open University Public Finance MOOC September 2017
  • Woolmoore A, Brake, S. Delivering frailty services – excellence and outcomes. Health Service Journal 2016, November 2016
  • Brake S, Sharing Best Practice in 24/7 care – CHKS Capita Health Partnerships 2016 Contributor
  • Lord Adebowale/NLGN/House of Lords/Collaboratei/Brake S Roundtable series 2015/16 expert panel member and reviewer of Reimagining Place-Based Health: A major new Commission from NLGN and Collaborate




Simon Brake