Tansi Harper, Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement

Tansi's professional career was in education and she was Principal of two colleges as well as working in other public sector and voluntary  sector positions before becoming a Regional Consultant for HEFCE for the East Midlands and Northern Ireland.

She became involved on Health Boards driven by her concern that Education, Health and Social Care seemed to not work well together in the best interests of the patients, students and families and a desire to support better integration of services to meet community needs.That was 19 years ago and Tansi has been a Non Executive Director on the Boards of a number of Health Boards since then including a Strategic Health Authority, PCTs and now Corby CCG where she represents the Patient and Public  voice. She chairs a number of Committees, investing in strengthening the patient and stakeholder contribution to improving the commissioning of Health services.

She has a particular interest in vulnerable groups that may need additional support to access appropriate health and well being services. Until recently she chaired the County Learning Disabilities forum and actively supports Mental  Health developments through her countywide networks. 

Since retiring Tansi has been Chair of Northamptonshire Probation Trust and subsequently Chaired a Transformation Board bringing together the Probation Trusts from Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire in response to national policy changes in the Criminal Justice system. She was Chair of CAN, a Northamptonshire based Substance misuse and Crisis Housing Charity, until late 2016 when she merged it with Aquarius , a larger Midlands based Charity. Both of these organisations are part of the Richmond Fellowship (RF) family of organisation's working nationally on supporting those with Mental Health and substance misuse challenges,  and she is a member of the  RF Board.

Since April 2016 Tansi has chaired the Northamptonshire Sustainable Transformational Plan , a countywide committee involving the  CCGs, the County Council, the voluntary sector, GPs, the acute sector providers and the Mental Health trust in developing integrated health and adult social  care plans based on the needs of the Northamptonshire population.