Castlerigg Consulting was established by Lorna Dobson and James Blacklock in 2008, both of whom have a long track record in delivering successful change within the public sector. 

We have an ever growing team of clinical and technical associates, full time consultants and programme and project managers working with us.  If you are interested in joining our growing team do get in touch with us at info@castleriggconsulting.co.uk

Lorna Dobson

Lorna Dobson

Lorna is an experienced transformation specialist, having worked in a range of senior roles within both the public and private sectors delivering innovative models of service delivery and design.

Lorna is a specialist in whole system change, creating new operating models for organisations from vision through to new sustainable services where frontline service delivery is protected by designing services from first principles.  In these times of austerity, Lorna and the team have developed a radical approach to addressing service design which achieves efficiency without compromising on effectiveness.  Lorna most recently acted as lead consultant to create a unique integrated, adaptive operating model for a local authority to introduce a range of new capabilities around ‘customer management’, ‘digital by design’, ‘information as an asset’ and ‘service commissioning’ which will transform service delivery.  Lorna is currently reviewing a local authority’s community service provision and delivery model to identify the most sustainable future model for service delivery.

As Director of Service Improvement for the East Lancashire e Partnership she established two award winning shared services (Consultation and Procurement) across the five East Lancashire district authorities.  As Head of Change Management at Leicestershire County Council, Lorna established a new Change Management Team and a wide ranging Corporate Change Programme.  Since leaving the public sector, Lorna has continued to be passionate about improving service delivery and has supported a range of NHS and Local Government clients in delivering a variety of commissions including shared service development, programme design and delivery, corporate planning and change and project management training.

James Blacklock

James Blacklock

James is a change management specialist with a long track record of delivering innovative, transformational change in the public sector and modernising service delivery through better use of technology. 

James is an experienced Project and Programme Manager with a long track record of supporting transformational change in the public sector and delivering complex projects quickly and effectively.  James has supported clients in the implementation of new electronic patient record systems, innovative interoperability programmes across the health and social care economy and improving access to services through digitisation of service.  James’ recent work includes acting as senior advisor to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group in the development, planning and implementation of their innovative technology and implementation programme.  James is currently acting as lead consultant in a local authority’s application rationalisation programme and senior consultant to the strategic review and redesign of services across a local authority’s Environment department.

As the Connected Cumbria Programme Manager, James was responsible for delivering a series of successful e-Government and service improvement initiatives in the sub-region. Having successfully provided change management support to Primary Care in Cumbria, James worked closely with NHS Cumbria to create detailed care records for patients across Cumbria through the pioneering use of interoperability and information sharing across primary care, community services and acute trusts.  James has worked with a range of clients on shared service development, service transformation, corporate planning, project management skills and top team development.