Lord Adebowale CBE

Chair of the NHS Confederation

Victor Adebowale is Chair of the NHS Confederation, and was Chief Executive of the social charity Turning Point for over a decade.

As well as more than 25 years experience in the health, social care and housing areas he is a leadership consultant for both private and public sector organisations. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of healthcare technology company Visionable Global.

Raised in Yorkshire, Victor left school, worked as a street sweeper, moved to London and returned to education, did an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting and stayed in the city. After working for various housing charities he joined Centrepoint as Alcohol Recovery Project Director and became Chief Executive.

After five years leading the homelessness charity he moved to become Chief Executive of Turning Point, the integrated community care organisation working across a wide spectrum of social and health care issues.

The charity undertakes no active fundraising; all of its income is derived from competing for central and local government health and social care contracts. Victor helped turn the organisation around in his time in charge, from struggling institution to an annual
turnover of around £100million. Turning Point helps over 100,000 people and has a nationwide workforce of over 2,500 working in areas from drug and alcohol abuse to mental health, learning disabilities and unemployment.

Victor has advised both Labour and Conservative administrations on various issues relating to housing,
employment, social care and public service reform. As a leadership and organisational consultant he has worked with companies including Shell, KPMG and with local government.

He is also a non executive director of the Co-Op,
and of health IT consultancy St Vincents, and of TomahawkPro, a collaborative software company. He is Chair of Social Enterprise UK and was a member of the Audit Commission.