I first met him when details were being finalised of his secondment to King's College, to head our new Institute of Health. He was almost a caricature out of Yes Minister; the silky-tongued senior civil servant, charmingly dynamic, but totally bamboozling. I was convinced by the impressionistic vision he had painted, but not totally sure what I had agreed to.
It transpired that the institute and its nascent initiatives - particularly the mould-breaking Centre for Mental Health Services Development - were to be part of the School of Life, Basic Medical and Health Sciences, of which I was head.
When later on, Cliff Graham came to see me to sort out details of these arrangements, I met a highly principled, boyish enthusiast, with an impish sense of humour, a great gift of generous friendship, a wicked relish for 'networking'; and a brilliant conversationalist. He never wanted glory for himself - he wanted to spin a web between friends.Reuse content