Russell Cake co-founded 2020 Delivery in 2006 and leads our Strategy practice.
He combines client service to government departments and healthcare organisations with research into healthcare system performance.
Russell brings 20 years of experience to his work helping healthcare leaders to develop evidence-based responses to the strategic challenges facing the health service. He has supported several major system reconfigurations, advising on financial and activity strategy, capital investment, stakeholder engagement, and delivery planning.
Russell has a strong track record of providing clarity and insight into complex system challenges and engaging stakeholders in the delivery plans. He has nationally-recognised expertise in strategy development for cancer services and diagnostics – this includes publications for Cancer Research UK on imaging services “Horizon scanning: an evaluation of imaging capacity in England” and pathology “Testing times to come: an evaluation of pathology capacity across the UK”, each of which assessed national trends, national-level solutions and local solutions that individual health economies can implement. It also includes national-level work on multi-disciplinary teams, work with the Cancer Vanguards, work with individual health economies on radiotherapy and chemotherapy developments, and work with many Trusts on their imaging and pathology services.
A keen analyst, Russell is widely recognised as providing thought-provoking and considered insights into the healthcare system. He has led 2020 Delivery’s work on reconfiguration, including nationwide analyses of activity data, cost data and workforce data to provide quantitative evidence on the financial impacts of reconfiguration, and quantitative evidence on how changes in rotas can contribute to savings. As part of this, Russell has developed expertise in rotas and configuration for A&E, acute medicine, obstetrics, paediatrics and emergency surgery. He has led 2020 Delivery’s three-year research initiative into emergency pathway performance and winter pressures analysis, which has helped people to understand how the system behaves and how to achieve the best outcomes for patients. He has published research on the drivers of increased mortality in the UK, published on 2020 Delivery’s website and referenced in The Economist.
Russell has experience delivering system-level change at the centre of government. While working for the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (2005-06), Russell led the unit’s work on the implementation of key financial reforms within the NHS, including the implementation of Payment by Results.
Before this, Russell worked at McKinsey & Company (2000-05), first in McKinsey’s London office and then in its Boston office. Russell’s work focused principally on industrial and public-sector clients, and involved strategy projects, post-merger management / integration, and organisational performance improvement projects. Prior to McKinsey, Russell worked as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer at ICI PLC (1996-99), leading teams working on major capital projects, and also leading operations teams within chemical factories. He also played as a professional cricketer for Surrey County Cricket Club.
Russell has extensive Board experience, currently as the Chairman of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket Committee, the body that sets the Laws of Cricket globally and issued a new code of the Laws of Cricket in October 2017. He has been an elected non-executive on the Main Committee of the MCC between 2007-14, including on its Finance Committee between 2009-14.
Russell received distinction in his Master of Engineering degree and a starred first Bachelor of Arts at Cambridge University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.