Chris Spark

Associate Director

Chris Spark staff photoChris manages the day-to-day delivery of our Commercial Team. Chris has many years NHS commissioning and provider experience, during which time he has delivered a portfolio of projects that encompass system and service redesign, and commercial and procurement interventions. Chris has an award winning track record of delivering tangible results in challenging environments.

Most recently Chris has been engaged in the Humber, Coast and Vale STP to support the establishment of a programme management office for the system-wide Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Chris has also been advising the Out of Hospital workstream as one of the major initiatives.

Chris previously developed the Investment Business Case for NEW Devon Success Regime to secure national funds to support the delivery of the programme, creating reporting arrangements (including progress reporting, risk reporting and mitigation) and supported the recruitment of a permanent programme management office.

Chris’s deep experience in out of hospital and mental health services are demonstrated through:

  • Senior level programme leadership to the Integration Transformation Agenda in Kirklees: Chris lead the CCGs through a joint procurement to transform the way in which community services are delivered across the Kirklees footprint. The competitive dialogue procurement process, facilitated by Attain over an eight month period, enabled the CCGs to explore innovative solutions to enable the delivery of the right care, to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
  • Programme managing the pre-procurement stages of the Community Services contract across East Riding of Yorkshire. He led a significant piece of work over nine months to agree the route to market to deliver the strategy. As part of his role Chris established a robust governance framework including introducing a Community Services Programme Board.
  • Leading the team to finalise the £285m outcomes focussed contract for Kirklees and bringing the new model of care to life leading the mobilisation with the successful provider to deliver outcomes.
  • Advising NHS Wales who won the HSJ Efficiency Award for their Collaborative Procurement Project for Secure Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services for Efficiency in Procurement in late 2013. Chris led the team that provided commercial advice throughout the project, which brought together health boards across Wales to commission specialist secure services under a single national framework. The project improved the quality of service provision and outcomes for patients requiring low and medium secure mental health and learning disability services in Wales.