The next chapter for Co-create

Chris Hewitt - 8 January 2024

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After 4.5 years leading this fabulous company, it’s time for me to embark on a new chapter. And it’s the start of a new chapter for Co-create too.

In 2019 when I was first offered the opportunity to turn a Department of Health funded project into a commercial enterprise, no-one was sure if it would work. Was there enough demand for a co-production consultancy in public service? Did anyone have budget to commit to it? And could we make a real impact?

Almost five years later, the answer to all three questions has been a resounding “yes”. We’ve found countless opportunities to work with services facing a real gap in their ability to connect with people they serve. And an increasing appetite for doing things better across the health sector and beyond. The need for Co-create isn’t going away, and neither is Co-create.

Throughout my time nurturing and and supporting Co-create to grow, I’ve been privileged to witness and participate in projects that have connected people in new ways – with each other, with services, with communities and sometimes with a deeper sense of purpose for themselves. Most rewarding for me though, besides all the incredible projects we’ve completed working with public services, has been stewarding the growth of an organisation that truly fosters and enables humans to flourish.

And I’m delighted to sat that the work and energy that I’ve put into making Co-create a people-centric place is being taken forward by someone who cares just as deeply. Danny Sherwood has been an integral part of the company since joining as a freelance associate in our first year. His knowledge of Co-create and passion for co-production are exactly what Co-create needs to move forwards with purpose into this exciting new chapter.

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone I’ve worked alongside through my time here. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.


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