Who we are

CIE LLP has been founded by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Dr Jon Bashford.

Lord Patel has over 25 years of experience in the health and social care field as a practitioner, manager and an academic. He is particularly known for his work with communities and social cohesion across a range of issues including mental health, drug and alcohol use, crime and regeneration.

Read more about Lord Patel here:
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

Dr Bashford is an experienced senior manager, researcher and teacher with over 25 years experience working in health, social care and education in the public and voluntary sectors. He is particularly known for his work on equality and human rights and organisational change.

Read more about Dr Bashford here:
Dr Jon Bashford

Sherife Hasan – CIE Senior Programme Director

Sherife is an experienced and highly skilled programme director with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in systems improvement and innovation. Sherife has worked for the Greater London Authority, the Department of Health, the University of East London and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

As part of her work in Leicester Sherife managed the highly successful leadership for inclusion programme, IncLeaD which involved development for Board Directors and senior and emerging leaders across four NHS Trusts and a local authority.

Sherife has worked with the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice for a number of years within the Offender Health Team where she led the national drug system change pilot scheme. Sherife also acted as the lead project team member for the the independent Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group led by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.

Our Associates

Dr Clare Collins

• Experienced consultant working across multiple sectors including health and social care sector and justice sector
• Skilled in report writing, project management, analysis, facilitation, policy and strategy review, and evaluation
• Experienced in qualitative research with different audiences ranging from senior stakeholders to vulnerable and seldom heard groups
• Specialist expertise in mental health, offender health, long term conditions, working with regulators, and equalities and human rights in relation to health, criminal justice and employment/skills

Clare has worked with a range of clients across the public and voluntary sectors including several Government Departments and regulators. She ran her own consulting business for several years and was previously an Shared Intelligence (Si); was Health Research Director at Opinion Leader and a Senior Researcher with the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Ethnicity and Health. Prior to becoming a consultant Clare was a Senior Civil Servant at the Lord Chancellor’s Department where she led departmental implementation of the Human Rights Act.

Examples of Clare’s relevant projects include:
• Projects (many with Dr Jon Bashford) to increase organisational capacity/performance on equality and human rights for a variety of public sector clients in health, education and justice sectors including Healthcare Commission, Mental Health Act Commission, Dept of Health Care Services Directorate, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, East Midlands SHA and Crown Prosecution Service
• Project managed Si’s stocktake of the General Medical Council’s equality and diversity strategy including interviewing senior and middle management staff, senior stakeholders and interest groups; with workshops for senior staff to identify outcomes/measures
• Senior Researcher on Si’s evaluation of the NHS Equality Delivery System and wrote analysis of impact of EDS on implementation of Public Sector Equality Duty submitted to government review of PSED

Clare has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Her selected publications include:
Human Rights: Making It Real Mental Health Act Commission, 2007
Report on CEHR Community Consultation, Department for Communities and Local Government, 2007
Equal Treatment: Closing the Gap, Disability Rights Commission, 2007
Not Ready for the Scrapheap: Looking for Work after 50, Age Concern England, 2006
The Drugs Intervention Programme Black and Minority Ethnic Community Engagement Programme, Home Office/University of Central Lancashire (with Yasir Mir and Kate Davies), 2006
Gender Public Sector Duty Pilot Project Equal Opportunities Commission, 2005 (with Shared Intelligence)
Public Involvement and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights Age Concern England, 2004
Separate Silos: Race and the Public Sector Reform Agenda Institute for Public Policy Research, 2002

Professor Jane Fountain

Professor Fountain is an independent research consultant and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Central Lancashire.  She is a research consultant for a number of national and international organisations including the Council of Europe’s Pompidou Group;  European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA);  Correlation (the European network for social inclusion and health);  The European Society for Social Drugs Research (ESSD);  DrugScope;  and The Centre for Public Innovation.

Professor Fountain established QED (a network of qualitative drug researchers across Europe) for EMCDDA.  Over seven years, her work included managing teams of expert advisers representing their countries, co-ordinating data collection from each country and managing the associated website.  She is currently a key member of an international workgroup set up by Correlation to produce an online manual concerned with peer involvement in health and social service initiatives.


  • Issues surrounding drug use and mental health among Black and minority ethnic and other marginalised populations and the barriers to health and social services they face;
  • Active participation in national and international networks;
  • Academic support, reviewing and editing of research reports, academic journal papers, books, websites and other publications, especially where the writer’s first language is not English;
  • Qualitative research.

Yaser Mir

Yaser is a highly experienced social researcher, manager and senior specialist on all aspects of community engagement. Yaser has taken leading roles in major community engagement programmes across England working with disadvantaged and Black and minority ethnic communities on some of the most difficult issues that can affect communities. These include community needs and public service provision around issues of drugs use, mental health, regeneration, crime and offending. .

In recent years Yaser has concentrated on senior roles in research, consultancy and teaching on the issue of violent extremism and community cohesion. The Government’s Prevent programme has been a specific focus of work and interests, undertaking a range of commissions including those for the Department for Communities and Local Government, local authority partnerships and the Metropolitan Police Service.