Dr Wynand van de Ven wrote his thesis "Studies in Health Insurance and Econometrics" at Leiden University. Since 1986 he is professor of Health Insurance at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His teaching and research focus on managed competition in health care, competitive health insurance market, risk selection, moral hazard, risk equalisation, managed care and priority choices in health care. He has experience as a governor and adviser of insurance companies, political parties, government, research institute, hospitals and other health care organizations. He serves (served) as member of many advisory committees and the editorial Board of scientific journals. As a consultant, e.g. for the World Bank and the World Health Organization, he has studied the health care systems in Chile, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa and Sweden. He is one of the founding fathers of the European Risk Adjustment Network. Previous positions are Programme Director of the Master Health Economics, Policy and Law at Erasmus University and Chair of the iHEA Jury-Committee for the annual Arrow Award for best paper in health economics.
Gwyn Bevan is Professor of Management Science and Director of the MSc in Public Management and Governance in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His current research includes comparisons of performance of health care and schools across the UK and developing methods for reducing expenditure on health care for least harm. He is a member of the Department of Health's two advisory groups on resource allocation, and his report for the Secretary of State for Health on the developments of the formulas used in the allocation of resources was published in 2008. He was seconded (2001 to 2003) to the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), where he was Director of the Office for Information on Health Care Performance. This was responsible, for the NHS in England, for reporting annual performance 'star' ratings; national surveys of staff and patients; developing national clinical audits; and undertaking analyses for CHI's reviews, investigations, and national studies. He has worked for the National Coal Board, HM Treasury, and an economic consultancy; and, as an academic, at Warwick Business School, and the Medical Schools of St Thomas's Hospital and Bristol University.
Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA is an Honorary Fellow of Gresham College having served as the Provost of Gresham College between 2008 and 2014, taking over the role from Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT FBA and being followed by Sir Richard Evans FBA. Sir Roderick Floud is President Emeritus of the London Metropolitan University and he was previously the Chairperson of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation.
His particular interests in part-time and mature students in higher education has been reflected in many of his publications as well as his participation in numerous boards and committees. Of particular note are his roles as President of Universities UK (representing 121 British Universities), Vice-President of the European University Association (where he was particularly involved in the 'Bologna process' of converging European education systems), and Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation (representing research councils and learned academies from thirty European Countries). In 2005 he received a knighthood for his services to Higher Education in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Sir Roderick Floud is an economic historian, with publications on topics as diverse as technological change, the use of IT in the study of history, the evolution of technical education and changes in human height, health and welfare. He holds honorary fellowships from Emmanuel College Cambridge, Wadham College Oxford, Birkbeck College London and the Historical Association, as well as honorary degrees from City University London and the University of Westminster. He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.
Bernard Crump is the Chief Executive of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
He qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1980. He practised as a physician and carried out clinical research in the Midlands and the South East before training in Public Health Medicine. He became Director of Public Health in South Birmingham Health Authority in 1990. He subsequently became Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Executive of Leicestershire Health Authority and Chief Executive of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority from 2001. In 2005 he joined the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement as Chief Executive.
Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy, Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit and Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He also holds the position of Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry.
In addition he is an Honorary Professor at universities in Hong Kong and the Czech Republic. Martin's research activities are primarily in the mental health, long-term care and social care fields, focusing particularly on policy analysis and economic aspects of practice.
He has been an advisor to many government departments and other bodies in the UK and elsewhere, and to international bodies such as the European Commission and World Health Organization. His publications include about 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, about 140 book chapters, 15 books, 4 edited books, and numerous monographs.
Professor Knapp was recently awarded one of the first 100 Senior Investigator Awards from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).