James Plunket

James works with voluntary organisations and social enterprises, local authorities, public health teams and clinical commissioning groups to connect public service needs with socially-motivated funding and innovative operating models. This approach builds on the evidence of delivering improved and sustainable health and social outcomes to a range of defined individuals, families and entire communities whilst providing cost savings to commissioners.

Key skills & experience

  • Health and social care bias with particular focus on evidence-based preventative and early interventions delivering superior returns on investment, cashable savings and sustainable outcomes.
  • Well-honed skills of problem solving, lateral thinking, commercial literacy and creativity.
  • High-level, influential networks across charities, social enterprises, membership organisations and central and local government, wealth management institutions (private and institutional investors), trusts and foundations with specific interest in identifying impact investment opportunities.
  • Health economics modelling (developed as part of the SIB feasibility work).
  • Business strategy development, business plans and impact reports.
  • A background in creative marketing and on-going commitment to collaborative solutions continue to influence his approach to strategic business challenges.


Recent projects

  • Developed a business plan and impact report for a social housing provider raising Impact Investment to acquire large properties from local authorities and convert them into 70-80 flats for people registered as homeless.
  • Supporting the Arts Development teams of six local authorities to create a single social enterprise to coordinate arts-based interventions for health and social care commissioners.
  • Secured Big Lottery funding and undertook feasibility assessments for Social Impact Bonds supporting: early interventions for children with eating disorders; lifestyle interventions to help reduce the number of patients developing Type-2 Diabetes.
  • Part of a Public Health team helping clinical commissioning groups address common mental health conditions (depression and anxiety) through preventative and early interventions delivered as part of a social prescribing initiative and funded by outcomes-based contracts

Other information

James holdsĀ an MBA from Henley Business School


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