Dr Simon Duffy
Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform
Dr Simon Duffy is Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform. He is a philosopher and social innovator who has worked for over 25 years to try and improve the welfare system. He is a regular public speaker and government policy advisor, both nationally and internationally. His awards include the RSA’s Prince Albert Medal and the SPA Award for outstanding contribution to social policy.
His interest began in this field after university when he worked for the NHS as a General Management trainee. He then went on to found and lead Inclusion Glasgow in 1996, and following on from this, helped set up many new organisations in Scotland, including Partners for Inclusion and Altrum. In 1999 he developed self-directed support in North Lanarkshire in order to reform social services. In 2003 he led the development of personal budgets and self-directed support in England.
Simon has a doctorate in moral philosophy and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Health Service Management Centre. Simon writes on moral philosophy, welfare state, citizenship, social justice and inclusion. Key publications include Unlocking the Imagination (1996), Keys to Citizenship (2003) Women at the Centre (2011) A Fair Income (2011) and Peer Power (2012) and The Unmaking of Man (2012). A full list of his writings and his blog are here.