Meet our People

In this section of the website, you can learn more about Turning Point's Executive Board Members, our Trustees and their backgrounds.

Executive Board Members

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive

Victor has been Chief Executive of Turning Point since 2001. Victor is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental ill health, drugs, alcohol addictions, a learning disability and those with cross cutting and complex needs. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, holds numerous honorary doctorates as well as being a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute, an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and a non Executive Director of NHS England. In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

Julie Bass, Group Managing Director

Julie has been an executive board director at Turning Point since 2009 and now holds the position of Group Managing Director. Prior to this Julie worked in financial services in the UK and overseas in a wide variety of roles including holding responsibility for strategy, organisational effectiveness, performance and development and people related functions. She is passionate about supporting individuals to discover new possibilities in their lives through the provision of high quality, constantly evolving services and interactions. Julie is a Chartered Insurer and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Helen Spice, Chief Financial Officer 

Helen was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2018.  Helen’s background is both in corporate sector and most recently for a major international not for profit organisation. Her roles have covered finance, business strategy and planning and wider operational responsibilities with a focus on performance improvement in global organisations. Her recent not for profit experience focused on improving opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged children around the world. Helen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. 


Non-Executive Board Members

Sarah Wood OBE, Chair of the board

Previously a Turning Point Trustee, Sarah returned to the board as Chair of the audit committee in 2009 and was appointed as Chair of the board in 2013. Sarah has sat on the council of accountancy associations, CIPFA and AAT and has extensive financial management experience, both as an officer and a trustee. In addition, she has a long career in local government, having worked for Strathclyde Regional Council, Glasgow City Council and Birmingham City Council at senior management level, and for the Local Government Association from 2004 to 2006. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to local government.

Chris Parker

Chris joined the boards of Turning Point and Turning Point Services in December 2011 following over 40 years experience of management in Health and Social Care in both the private and public sectors. This included nearly 20 years with Pavilion Publishing, a key provider of events and publishing to the Health and Social Care Sectors in the UK and Ireland, where he was responsible for the development of many of the products produced by Pavilion and its steady expansion into new areas of work and led the formulation and implementation of the company marketing strategy. Previously he worked in Social Work and Social Services Management in Brighton and East Sussex.

Caroline Bailey

Caroline chairs the board of subsidiary Turning Point Building Futures Ltd. She studied Psychology at Exeter and was a Captain in the Army. For 19 years she worked with Zurich Financial Services on large scale IT projects, internal consultancy, project management and corporate governance. She also supported the Executive Board of Zurich Community Trust, managing approximately £1 million of fundraising and grant giving per year. She then went on to run UK Life's CEO Office, going on to join the board of Openwork. There she was responsible for governance, compliance and risk.

Paul Picknett, Chair of the Audit Committee

Paul joined the board of Turning Point in March 2014 after working in Financial services for more than 30 years both in the UK and overseas. His career included 14 years as a main Board director of Groupama Insurance company, where he was Corporate Services Director.  He has been actively involved in a number of strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of an award winning Healthcare operation. He is Trustee chair of a pension scheme with assets over £250m, is non-executive director in a number of brokerages, including one specialising in the charitable sector and care homes. He has a degree in management studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered insurance institute. In 2014 he also joined the Turning Point audit committee.

Dr. Alison P. Hill 

Alison joined our Board in September 2017. She also sits on the Audit Committee.   She has had a dual career as a GP, for over 30 years, and in health policy: as a senior NHS manager, a commissioner, an academic, and civil servant. She has a keen interest in clinical governance and service transformation. As a GP she has worked in learning disability, substance misuse and palliative care. She has a Master’s degree in anthropology.  Alison was Policy Advisor to the Department of Health NHS Genetics Team and Director of Effective Practice Programme at the King’s Fund. Her management roles included Medical Director for NHS London where she was responsible for the performance of GPs, and other health professionals in primary care.  Alison has served as non-executive director at Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, since 2013 where she leads on clinical quality.