Originally a BBC radio and television producer, and a founder member of the UK Open University team, Dr. Hancock worked for a number of years in Asia and joined UNESCO in 1969 as a regional communication adviser for Asia and the Pacific. Moving to Unesco Headquarters in Paris in 1972, he spent more than twenty years with the Communication Division, where he was Director from 1987. In 1992, he became a Principal Director and established a dedicated programme for UNESCO in Central and Eastern Europe. After establishing himself as an independent consultant in 1996, he undertook numerous assignments for the European Commission in Brussels, the World Bank and communication agencies across Europe.
In retirement since 2014, Dr Hancock is active in civil society, where he has a particular interest in integrated health and social care, primary care and acute care. Becoming a Patient Champion of the National Association for Patient Participation in 2013, he was Chair of his local Patient Participation Group for three years, and a founding Trustee of the newly independent Healthwatch Milton Keynes, where he is Deputy Chair of the Healthwatch Advisory Panel. He was elected a Public Governor of Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust in 2016 and is an Expert by Experience on the Council of the East of England Clinical Senate.