Sir Norman LambCouncillor
Sir Norman Lamb is the Chair of South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, a specialist Mental Health Trust.
He was the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk from 2001 to 2019 and was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015. As a Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time.
He was the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson between 2015 and 2017 and Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee between 2017 and 2019. In 2019, Norman received a knighthood for his services to mental health.
“It is clear to everyone that the NHS is not meeting the needs of citizens – and the impact of this is particularly stark for all those who do not have the ability to opt out. Reform’s new programme of work is therefore of immense importance. I want to see an NHS and care system fit for the needs of people today, which focuses equally on physical and mental health and which emphasises far more the imperative of how we prevent ill health and how we enable people to live happy lives even if living with chronic conditions.”