Olly Benson

Olly Benson

Current work

In September 2021 I joined the Public Participation Team at NHS England to improve patient and public involvement in health service design and delivery.

Prior to that, I worked for the Horizons team at NHS England, where I was responsible for the School for Change Agents and other projects; particularly around creating opportunities for large-scale virtual participation.


For four years until March 2022, I was a non-executive director of Democracy Club, a social enterprise using digital tools to promote democratic participation in the UK. I'm now keen to find other trustee/non-exec roles in social enterprises or charities.

I'm also interested in short term consultancy volunteering opportunities, particularly with small charities looking to fundamentally rethink how they deliver what they do.

Heart defect

I have a congenital heart defect, and since 2005 I have had an ICD fitted.