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.

David Hoare, Deputy Chief Executive

David's Turning Point career began 28 years ago in the direct management and delivery of substance misuse services in therapeutic community settings. Since 1992 his role has evolved to include a variety of senior operational and developmental positions including Connected Care, Marketing, Communications, Public Affairs, HR, Learning and Development, Governance and Planning across Turning Point service areas.

Julie Bass, Assistant Chief Executive

With over 20 years in management posts, Julie brings with her invaluable knowledge garnered in a variety of roles within the insurance and IT sectors - as well as in health and social care.

She is a Chartered Insurer and a fellow of the CIPD. During her career, she's held key positions throughout organisational restructures, mergers, acquisitions, new project launches and change initiatives.

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.

Dr. Angela Lennox CBE, Chair of the audit committee

Angela joined Turning Point's board in September 2008 and also sits on our audit committee. A GP by trade since 1988, she was responsible for developing the multi-agency health and community centre, Prince Philip House. As Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester, Director of the Centre for Studies in Community Health Care and Head of the Professional Development Unit for Leicester Medical School, she pioneered a model of inter-professional learning for doctors, nurses, social workers and other therapists. In 1999 Angela was awarded an MBE for services to medicine and the community - and in 2008 she received a CBE for services to healthcare. She became the interim Chair of the audit committee in 2013 and was confirmed as the Chair in 2014.

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

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.