Communities Programme Manager
Prior to joining the NHS in 2014, Olly started his career at the BBC, where he worked as an entertainment reporter for Radio 1’s Newsbeat, and was part of the team that created The ONE Show. Olly left the BBC to work in the charity sector, working at young people’s charity Headliners, before working at digital youth information and advice charity YouthNet (now TheMix). He ran the Do-it, the UK’s national volunteering website, for five years, working as an advisor for the Gamesmaker volunteer programme as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. After the Games, Olly led spinning out Do-it from YouthNet to become its own social-enterprise, where he was Operations Director.
As part of Horizons, Olly leads on our work around personalisation - working closely with the Personalised Care Group. Over the last 12 months he has spent a considerable amount of time in Greater Manchester, mentoring and facilitating local teams as part of the Person and Community Centred Approaches team at GMHSC. He has also led the production of the School for Change Agents for the past two years.
Away from work, Olly is a non-executive director of Democracy Club, a social enterprise that uses digital technology to improve political engagement. He’s also busy being a dad to two small children. Having been born with a congenital heart condition, and had multiple operations including open heart surgery as a child, he is passionate about improving the NHS for all.