Mick Ward is a Senior Associate of Nurture Development, an associate of the Health Systems Innovations Lab at London South Bank University and a Trustee of PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers based in Leeds).
He retired in June 2020 as Chief Officer, Transformation and Innovation, for the Adults and Health Directorate in Leeds City Council. The role focused on Asset Based Community Development, Digital Health, Arts and Well-Being, Service Transformation, Equality, and Innovation in Practice.
He is from Leeds and worked for social care at Leeds City Council for 42 years, initially as a Care Assistant, before developing and managing a range of services for disabled people and then moving into commissioning for Adult Social Care, Public Health, Housing Support and the NHS, This developed into an expanded joint role as Deputy Director across the Local Authority and the CCG’s in Leeds, leading on commissioning across a wide range of health, care and wellbeing services, before establishing the transformation and innovation role.
Mick has a strong commitment to the social model of disability, citizenship, communities, innovation, culture, equality and diversity, and working in partnership.
He is a life long Leeds United fan and a member of the board of Marching Out Together – the Leeds United LGBT+ Supporters Group