Andrew is a founding Director of Mutual Ventures, a socially focused consultancy dedicated to efficiency, innovation and sustainability in public and community services. Andrew works with local authorities, NHS organisations and other public service bodies as well as community organisations to help them develop better service delivery models. He specialises in the development of staff-led mutuals and community social enterprises. The Mutual Ventures team provides hands-on support to commissioners and front line teams through the entire journey from options appraisal and business planning through to transition and launch. They also provide advice on effective commissioning for economic and social value and on ongoing performance improvement services
Children’s services – viewed by many as the last big unreformed area of local public service delivery – came under the spotlight this week as the UK Prime Minister praised the work of social enterprise Achieving for Children.
How can the philosophies of author, broadcaster, professor and all round business guru Charles Shandy apply to public service practitioners? Andrew Laird, a leader in public service spin-outs, explains all.
The overriding culture in public services is "to avoid failure at all costs rather than chasing the next big idea". Andrew Laird argues this must change and looks to the likes of Dyson and the traditional design and manufacturing sector for inspiration.
As 2015 kicks off, the UK's internationally renowned National Health Service has made it into the headlines again as it faces renewed pressures and challenges. Andrew Laird argues that staff-led mutual models could be the answer.
The Big Society theme of David Cameron's campaign at the 2010 election continues to get a bashing even though it has been dropped. But should the effort to impose the Big Society concept onto today's tired systems be maintained?