Len Hodkin became Chair of Directors of MFC at the end of 2021. He also presents and facilitates at MFC webinars. Len is a criminal defence solicitor based in South London and a Trustee for the Hundred Families charity.
Len’s mother, Sally Hodkin, was attacked and killed on her way to work by a mental health service user with a history of extreme violence and drug abuse. An independent investigation commissioned by NHS England in 2017 found that NHS and police failings had contributed to Mr Hodkin’s murder. In 2018 Len acted as a legal representative for the family at his mother’s inquest. The coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at the conclusion of the two-week inquest.
Len and his family have campaigned strongly to raise awareness of failings in care regarding this case, issues with the wider system of investigation of mental health homicides, and how families are so often failed by the NHS investigation procedure.
Len is a compelling and engaging speaker on the family experience of the NHS investigation process.