Media Spokespeople

Victor Adebowale

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive

Victor joined Turning Point as Chief Executive in 2001 and is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental health issues, drugs, alcohol, learning disability and complex needs. 

Victor began his career in housing and was Chief Executive of Centre Point, the National Youth Homelessness Charity, from 1995 until 2001. 

In 2000, Victor was awarded a CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

Victor is on the board of NHS England and the Co-op. He regularly appears in the national media commenting on various issues relating to health and social care and public policy.

 Julie Bass

Julie Bass, Assistant Chief Executive

Julie joined Turning Point in 2009 bringing with her invaluable knowledge gained in a variety of roles within the insurance and management consultancy sectors as well as in health and social care.

Julie is a Chartered Insurer and a fellow of the CIPD. With 30 years in other management posts, Julie has held key positions throughout organisational restructures, mergers, acquisitions, new project launches and change initiatives.

Julie is responsible for operational services across Mental Health, Public Health, Substance Misuse, and Learning Disability, business development and a range of corporate services.


Fiona Ritchie

Fiona Ritchie, Director of Learning Disability and Mental Health Services

Fiona Ritchie is the Managing Director of Turning Point's Learning Disability services and Board Member of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.

Fiona made the move to Turning Point from Worcester Health and Care NHS Trust where she was associate director, leading on transformation and innovation and working with children, adolescent and adult mental health services and user involvement. A qualified music therapist, Fiona has previously worked as adviser to the Healthcare Commission and was the first strategic lead in England for the, then newly formed, strategic health authority in the West Midlands where she developed the first set of performance indicators for the health service locally.

A frequent writer of, and contributor to, numerous articles and papers, Fiona was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to people with learning disabilities.

Fiona is available to comment on a number of key issues affecting people with a learning disability including person centred care and service user and family carer involvement.


Jay Stewart, Director of Operations (Substance Misuse)

Jay Stewart

Jay Stewart is the Director of Operations for Turning Point’s Substance Misuse services. Jay’s current portfolio covers a range of services including residential rehabilitation, inpatient detox and community based treatment services. Jay has worked within the substance misuse field for 15 years where he has been a practitioner, manager and now oversees Turning Point’s substance misuse operations.

Jay has worked for Turning Point for over 10 years and in the health and social care sector for over 23 years including work within public health promotion, youth services and mental health.

He is Turning Point's Substance Misuse lead and is able to comment on all aspects of our work in this area.