Duncan Tree has worked in the public and voluntary and community sectors, at both national and local levels, for nearly 30 years. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of social care and health policy.
Duncan has a track record of influencing change and in leading and managing work concerned to address inequalities and promote social inclusion. He is regarded as a skilled facilitator, with considerable experience of engaging people who need or use social care, health and other related public services in policy and system reform to improve those services.
Duncan most recently worked with the national charity formerly known as CSV (Community Service Volunteers, now Volunteering Matters) where his role included leading the organisation's policy work, its strategic relationships with government departments, other national partners and local social care and health services.
Duncan previously worked for the Local Government Association, where he led on social care, welfare rights, health inequalities, anti-poverty strategies and youth justice. He began his career in research for East Sussex County Council Social Services. He has also worked for West Sussex County Council Social Services, the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government (IDeA) and the Association of County Councils.
Between 2013 and 2017, Duncan provided leadership for the DHSC, NHS England & PHE sponsored VCSE Partnership Programme, the predecessor to the Health & Wellbeing Alliance. On behalf of Voluntary Voices partnership, he led the capacity building programme for CCG's and the VCSE on the implementation of Personal Health Budgets (part of NHS England’s Integrated Personalised Commissioning Programme) from 2015-2018.
He is a Board member of Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) and has been a trustee of Seaview, the St Leonards-on-Sea open access wellbeing centre, since 2014. He has recently become a trustee of the Brighton based charity Community Works, which provides development support & a key platform for local third sector organisations. He served as a trustee of Age Concern Brighton, Hove and Portslade from 2006-2011.
Duncan was made a fellow of the RSA in 2017 for his contribution to the NHS England's 'Health as a Social Movement' programme. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2017 for services to health and social care. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Politics & Public Administration (Sheffield City Polytechnic) and an MA in American Political Science (University of London).
Duncan was born in East Sussex and has lived in Brighton for most of his life. He has considerable experience and understanding, personally and as a family carer, of the importance of quality, personalised health and care services in enabling people to have better lives and of the role voluntary and community sector organisations play in this.
He loves family, friends, running, sounds, the East Sussex Downs, the sea & a small black dog-although not necessarily always in that order.