• Richard M Ballerand

  • Consultant, work as advisor, chair, lay partner/representative -

    Lived experience as patient, carer, and care-coordinator -

    Interests: digital health engagement and  invisible disabilities -

    Strategic input where health sector intersects with technology - Divergent interests pulled together with dynamic collaboration - Demonstrable change: person-centred/technology-enabled systems.


    Public Representative 2019 - Present

    National Data Collaborative for Health and Care

    Digital transformation - digital systems and technology,

    Data Collaborative Working Group,

    Information Governance Working Group

    Lay Committee Member 2018 – Present

    Technology Appraisal Committee A, Lay Lead, Leads Team,

    NICE Connect Stakeholder Insight Group 2020 - Present

    NICE Training Module Review Group 2019

    Health Technology Assessment HTA 2018 - Present

    Public Member, Prioritisation Panel (Inside Hospital Care)

    Research Ambassador Clinical Research Networks  2017 - Present

    Improvement Leader Fellow 2017 - 2018

    Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Northwest London

    Public Reviewer, Central Commissioning Facility  2017 - Present

    Star Signal Rater Dissemination Centre 2017 - Present

    Training Fellow 2019 – Present

    Pan-European Innovative Medicines Initiative led by the European Patients’ Forum

    Patient Co-Chair 2019 - Present

    Advisory Committee (On use of Free Text within the Primary Care Database)

    UCL-Institute of Health Informatics/Vision

    Public Board Member 2018 – Present

    AHPs into Action Transforming health, care, and well-being framework

    Fellow + Council Member 2018 - Present

    Medicine and Society (formerly Open) Section

    European Patient Expert 2018 – Present

    Scientific Advice Procedure Panels

    EPAR Document Reviewer

    Kensington and Chelsea Public Governor 2017 - Present

    Council of Governors, NHS Providers GovernWell training, Nominations and Remuneration committee

    Lay Member 2018 - Present

    Public Group Consultative Forum

    Member 2018 – Present

    Patient and Public Advisory Group

    Also O Negative First Responder Group

    Lay Member, Involvement Leads Network 2017 - Present

    Interviewer, NHS Innovation Accelerator NIA Fellows 2018 - 19

    Panelist Patient and Public Panel,

    Neuroscience Lay Panel, UCLH - BRC

    Participant/Speaker 2017 - Present

    Systems Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion,

    Digital Leadership, Capitol People, Artificial Intelligence, Effective Lay Partner programme

    JDR Champion 2017 - 2020

    LEARN to help people Join Dementia Research

    Dementia Friends Champion, Alzheimers Society


    Lay Representative 2017 - 2020

    Value Added Quality Council

    Patient Experience Coordinating Committee

    Axolotl Associates

    Managing Partner 2013 - Present

    Primarily healthcare sector advisory and advocacy services on both remunerated and pro bono basis UK and EU.


    Zoological Society of London + FZS

    Vice President, Trustee and Council Member 2003 – 2013

    Also Finance + Remuneration + Strategy committees

    Royal Institution of Great Britain + FRI

    Trustee and Council Member 2005 – 2011

    Also Audit (Chair) + Nomination committees

    Royal United Services Institute + FRUSI

    Trustee and Council Member 2007 – 2010

    Also Executive + Finance committees

    Consultant + FAC + FRSA + FLS

    Independent Policy Advisor 1998 - 2013

    European/American security and conservation policy

    [Also Partner at DA Ventures]

    French Armed Forces (Reserve) + FRGS

    Military Liaison Officer 1981 – 1998

    Attachments/secondments on five continents

    [including period at NY Investment Bank]

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    Health Policy

    Change Management

    Strategic Planning


    Financial Analysis


    Patient/Public Perspectives

    Technology Uptake


    UK Training Fellow 2019 - 2021

    Blended education on Medicines Development

    Activities: Including two week-long periods in Madrid

    Fellow 2017 - 2018

    Improvement Leader Fellowship

    Activities: Applied Improvement science, Collaborative Learning Events

    PGC (Distinction) European American Security 1996 - 1998

    Activities: Schloss Hofen, Österreich, Chateau de Klingenthal, Alsace

    PhD programme Psychology 1994 - 1998.

    "Decision-making under stress in conditions of risk and uncertainty". Thesis not submitted after TBI, also Teaching Assistant/Demonstrator

    President: Birkbeck Students Union BCL, Dep-President: University of London Union ULU, Board Member: London Nightline

    BSc (Hons) Psychology 1991 - 1994

    Evening degree, also WPF Diploma in Counselling
    Activities: Birkbeck College Governor + London University Senator

    PGCE course Business Studies 1988 - 1989

    Teaching A level Economics and Business Studies

    Activities: Diversity and equality groups

    MA course War Studies 1985 - 1987

    Dissertation: "Warfare as driver of technology", also p/t MLO

    Activities: Instructor, college sub-aqua club

    BSc (Econ) (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management 1981 - 1983

    On scholarship, also p/t service as MLO

    Activities: Oxford University Officers Training Corps

    Diploma (Legal Studies) 1978 - 1981

    First at Assas (Paris II) then via correspondence Panthéon (Paris I).

    Activities: Scuba-diving club, also paralegal for Ashurst Morris Crisp on IBM's EC Antitrust Case Rebuttal 1981



    John Norton Esq

    Lay Partner at North West London Lay Partner Group

    Richard who I have now worked with long enough to appreciate his talents brings enormous value to any activity which is fortunate enough to have his input. He is already involved with a considerable number of important health oriented institutions and groups. I know that anybody who is looking for a person dedicated to the interests of the individual patient would be wise to have Richard by their side.

    Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham

    Consultant to Airbus Helicopters and Airbus UK

    I worked with Richard as a fellow Trustee at the RUSI for several years. I found him to be an excellent colleague, with very good judgement and insight as well as deep knowledge of the financial and governance issues involved in trusteeship. He is very clear and articulate and is prepared to take on difficult issues with both courage and common sense. I enjoyed working with him and respected and trusted him totally.

    Dr Simone Botti

    CEO at Metabomed Ltd

    While working with Richard on a project for the RI, I was exposed to his depth of knowledge and experience in an exceptionally broad range of disciplines, and to his selfless commitment to issues and projects that he championed. Since then I have been looking for other opportunities to work with Richard again.

    Stephen Kingsley Esq

    Partner at Keystone Law

    I have known and worked with for some eight years. Richard was a valued member of the Council of the Chelsea Society, where his deep and varied knowledge was greatly appreciated.

    Dr Gwynneth Flower

    Past: Hon Treasurer, Royal Institution, Chair, National Meteorological Programme

    I have known Richard for more than 10 years and have always held him in high regard. He is an astute and very capable business manager with wide ranging contacts and equivalent experience. He works well in every situation in which I have observed and can get on well with all types of people. His commercial experience is extensive and I value his views and contributions to business development.

    Dr Martin Cooke

    Head of Corporate Engagement at World Animal Protection

    I have worked closely with Richard on ZSL Council and in the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Richard is insightful and determined, a source of clear and well reasoned advice.

    Dr Marc Fehlmann

    Director at Basel Historical Museum

    Richard is an extremely astute financial adviser and highly committed to funding the arts. We were most impressed with his ability to draw together his connections from his various networks to achieve at the highest level. Richard is also a highly cultivated and most charming patron and individual.



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