About us

Common Cause Consulting was founded by Peter Molyneux in 2002 to facilitate positive, practical organisational partnerships between housing and health. Peter remains the driving force behind Common Cause Consulting, and is able to call on a range of specialists depending on the needs of the client.

Peter Molyneux

Peter was appointed Chairman of the SW London and St Georges Mental Health Trust in 2011. Previously, he was Chair of NHS Kensington and Chelsea, where he turned around a £26 million deficit to a break-even position over two years, improved accountability with the local authority and helped the primary care trust to make more sustainable use of its estate.

He has also served on the board of the Westway Development Trust, been an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Empowerment Programme, and a member of the Homes and Communities Agency’s Advisory Group on Older People and Vulnerable Adults. He is also a member of the John Medejski Centre for Reputation Management at Henley Business School.

Peter is leading a multi-sectoral programme to co-produce innovative solutions to complex issues at the Dementia Services Development Centre, the City of London Corporation and Public Health (England).

He is committed to ensuring that current and new research is informing public policy and practice, so it can improve the lives of vulnerable people. He has formal links with St George’s University, London, Henley Business School and UCL Partners.

Mark Butler

Mark is an expert on improving the effectiveness, accountability and delivery of complex organisations.  He has held senior executive and non-executive roles in government, public, private and third sectors and now offers specialist support on issues of delivery, change, governance, culture and public value. Mark is an expert in the design and facilitation of scenario-based events that enable complex change to be worked through creatively, including at the Royal Society and at the Kings Fund.  He is also an Associate of Edinburgh Napier Business School where he teaches on domestic and overseas programmes. In May 2012 he was appointed as a Member of the independent Doctors and Dentists Remuneration Board for the UK.

Hilary Merrett

Hilary is an expert in quality and safety in healthcare. Originally a general manager in the NHS, Hilary has undertaken training, teaching and facilitation of staff in governance and clinical risk management within the UK, Ireland and overseas and has consulted, written and lectured internationally on risk management, patient safety and quality in healthcare. She developed and chaired the Healthcare Risk Forum, one of the first networks for risk and governance managers in the UK.  She has worked with the National Patient Safety Agency on their root cause analysis eLearning toolkit, and undertakes investigations and training in investigation across all health and social care settings. She has developed and deployed quality, safety and risk assessment methodologies for all types of public sector settings and developed has worked with commissioners and providers on developing robust governance and risk assurance arrangements and approaches.

Steve Appleton has twenty-five years experience of working in health and social care, as a psychiatric social worker, operational manager and strategic and performance management lead. He started his career in learning disability services, moving into older people services and then mental health. Steve held a senior role in an English Strategic Health Authority, with lead responsibility for mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and offender health. He led a Quality Turnaround process for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, reviewing and advising on standards and quality of inpatient and community mental health services and conducted a similar review in the East Midlands. Steve has led reviews of Serious Incidents, including homicide Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews. He also has particular experience of working with and monitoring organisations in relation to quality, risk and patient safety.

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