Dr Greg Parston

Greg is Chair of the Collaborate Foundation as well as the Dartington Trust. He is an adviser to public, social and business enterprises, respected internationally in the fields of public service governance, strategy and change.

Greg was Chief Executive of the Office for Public Management, which he co-founded in 1988. Under his leadership, OPM facilitated large-scale reforms in the NHS, the BBC, local authorities and many other public service agencies. In 2006, Greg was asked to establish Accenture’s global Institute for Public Service Value, where he initiated international citizens’ forums on the role of government and led research on performance management, e-government and connected health.

Greg chaired the Barrow-Cadbury Commission on Young Adults and the Criminal Justice System and the King’s Fund’s Working Group on the Supplier Market in the NHS. He served three terms on HM Treasury’s Public Sector Productivity Panel and was a member of the Independent Commission on Good Governance in Public Services, the Commission on the Role of the Voluntary Sector in Public Services, and the Commission on 2020 Public Services.

Earlier, Greg was Deputy Director of the King’s Fund College, Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the Priory Group, Vice President of Downstate Medical Center in New York City, and Director of Planning at the Ottawa Health Council. He was an Assistant Professor at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Greg earned a PhD as a Marshall Scholar from the University of London and degrees in architecture and economics from the University of Michigan.

“I am excited by the possibilities of Collaborate and honoured to be a member of its Council. Collaborate’s agenda is focussed on the opportunities and problems facing society today – issues that are complex and difficult to manage. They require more than the resources, influence and thinking of any individual agency or enterprise if gains are to be realised and threats are to be averted. Joining forces is essential. Collaborate exists to help organisations of all types to work together more effectively, not for collaboration’s sake, but to produce real social improvements.”

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