Dr Jon Bashford

Jon is currently a founding partner and designated member of Community Innovations Enterprise LLP.  As the company Director Jon is responsible for all projects and programmes, business strategy and development including quality, contract management and performance.

​Jon is an experienced senior manager, researcher and teacher with over 30 years experience working in health, social care and education in the public and voluntary sectors. He is particularly known for his work on mental health, drug and alcohol use, offender health veterans and equality and human rights. Coming from a practitioner background as a Registered Mental Nurse Jon has been able to successfully bridge the gap between research, innovation and practice. He has worked extensively as a senior manager on programmes for health and social care improvement including service user, carer and community engagement. In particular Jon has a reputation for ensuring that engagement and inclusion are at the forefront of mainstream organisational change management.


​Jon’s skills in complex stakeholder management and knowledge of legislation and policy have enabled the development of a number of innovative and successful programmes. Jon’s ability to work within a variety of organisational and community contexts has ensured that his portfolio of work has wide applicability across the public and voluntary sectors. For example, Jon has worked with a wide range of local and national public sector organisations including NHS Trusts and local authorities, NHS England, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care and Inspection, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission, the Home Office, the Legal Ombudsman, the Prison Service and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.


Previously Jon has been a Director at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust where he had the lead responsibility for the development of the Communities, Rights and Inclusion programme known as CORIIN.  This was a high level strategic management and organisational change programme which enabled the development of a number of successful service user, carer and community projects including the establishment of social enterprises and joint development initiatives to address a range of quality and performance issues.

Prior to working in Leicestershire Jon was Associate Head at the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion(University of Central Lancashire) where he managed a wide range of research projects, learning and teaching programmes and commercial consultancies at regional, national and international levels.


Jon is also Director of Research with Breaking Barriers Innovations and a Senior Fellow at the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, Queen Mary University London