Catherine Max is a strategic consultant at the forefront of the newly emerging field of sustainable health and social care. In addition to running her own consultancy business, she is an Associate of Uscreates and of the bioethics research centre Ethox. She is also a lay member of Camden and Islington NHS Research Ethics Committee. Between 2009 and 2012, Catherine worked with the Department of Health and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to design and deliver the Sustainable Social Care programme. This programme was the first to investigate the social, economic and ethical implications of a sustainable development approach to the design and delivery of adult care services and had a particular emphasis on climate change because of its impact on people in vulnerable circumstances. Other major assignments have included a climate change and health risk assessment on behalf of the London Climate Change Partnership, an appraisal of local NHS Sustainable Development Management Plans for London’s Regional Public Health Group, and expert advice for the Sustainable Development Unit's new strategy for health and care.
Catherine was a Non-executive Director of the NHS North East London and the City cluster of PCTs where her responsibilities included chairing the Clinical Performance Committee and the Individual Funding Requests Appeals Panel, as well as advising the new Commissioning Support Service. At a regional level, she chaired the London NHS Carbon Reduction Steering Group. Catherine is a long-standing trustee of Equinox, a social care charity supporting people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems and which participated in the Baring Foundation’s special initiative on climate change, The Big Response. She was subsequently an advisor to NCVO’s Vulnerable People and Climate Change project.