Health leaders' panel

Health & social care leaders share their views

Since September 2014, we have been regularly surveying a panel of 100 health and social care leaders for their views on a range of issues, including the state of the NHS and social care system and what they believe should be the priority areas for reform during the next Parliament. Click on a panellist's photo to read their biography, click again to minimise.

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Susan
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Chief Executive


Dartford & Gravesham
NHS Trust

Susan started her career from the NHS’s General Management Training Scheme, having graduated from Birmingham University. She now has 25 years’ experience in the NHS and has worked in a variety of posts in Manchester, Merseyside, York and London. Her Board level experience includes Operational, Strategic, Performance and Transformation portfolios.

Susan is passionate about the role of clinical leadership in delivering and sustaining high quality, safe services for patients. She has had considerable experience of service improvement, service reorganisation, mergers and operational delivery. Her experience has included the design of large scale IT programmes and she has a strong vision of how IT, well planned and implemented, can support clinical innovation. Susan has been CEO in Dartford since April 2010.

 
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Chief Executive


University Hospitals Leicester
NHS Trust

John Adler began his career in the NHS in 1985 as a National Management Trainee and, following a series of operational and strategic posts, in 1998 he became Chief Executive of Sheffield Children's NHS Trust, developing it into an integrated provider of community, mental health and hospital services.

From 1992, John was Chief Executive of Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust where he remained for 11 years before joining the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in January 2013. UHL is one the largest providers of acute and specialised care in the country and has embarked on an ambitious plan to deliver Caring at its Best through an organisation-wide quality improvement programme and by reconfiguring services to make them clinically and financially sustainable.

John has wide-ranging experience of NHS management including leading-edge work on staff engagement, whole system service re-design, reconfiguration and strategic development, PFI, joint ventures and financial turnaround.

 
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Birju Bartoli

Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Performance and Governance

Northumbria Healthcare
NHS Foundation Trust

Birju Bartoli was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in November 2015 and has been executive director of performance and governance since 2012. She was the project director and senior responsible officer for the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which opened in June 2015, the first hospital of its kind in the UK.

Birju has worked for the trust since 2003 when she joined as an NHS management trainee and over the years has worked in a number of operational areas from manager to deputy director level.

She holds a number of healthcare qualifications including an applied biochemistry degree and a PhD in cancer research

 
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Dr Amit Bhargava

Chief Clinical
Officer and
member of the
Governing Body
and Executive
Group

NHS Crawley Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Amit Bhargava is a GP Partner at Southgate Medical Group in Crawley and Clinical Chief Officer of the Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, National Executive Board member of the NHS Alliance, member of the Leaders Group of NHS Clinical Commissioners and member of National Stakeholder Forum.

Dr Bhargava is very pleased to be in the Health Service Journal list of the top 100 most influential clinicians 2013 and a member of the Department of Health Forward Thinking Group.

He has been involved in clinical leadership since 1999 and continues to be involved in a number of advisory roles and thought leadership.

In the past, Amit was the Professional Executive Committee (PEC) Chair and Medical Director for Crawley Primary Care Trust, GP advisor to the Department of Health, South East Coast Strategic Health Authority (SHA) clinical advisor for the Staying Healthy work-stream, South East Coast (SEC) Region Primary Care lead for Mental Health, board member for the SHA service transformation board and SHA clinical champion for managed care.

 
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John Black

Medical Director

South Central
Ambulance
Service NHS
Foundation Trust

John Black trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical School and qualified as a doctor in 1984. After completing his post-graduate training he was appointed Consultant in Emergency Medicine in 2001 at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

John has been a member of the Army Reserve (Defence Medical Services) since 2003 and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

John was seconded as a Medical Adviser to the Department of Health’s Emergency Preparedness Division to support the roll out of the National Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) program 2006-2008. John also supported a number of Department of Health work streams to enhance NHS Resilience and Response for Major Incidents.

John joined the Board of the South Central Ambulance Service in 2010 as Medical Director and the Trust achieved Foundation Trust Status in 2012.

John currently chairs the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, which has over seen the GMC approval of this new medical sub-specialty, and the approval of new postgraduate PHEM training programmes in England, Scotland and Wales.

John was appointed Queen’s Honorary Physician (Civilian) in 2009 and Consultant Civilian Adviser in Emergency Care to the British Army in 2013.

John lives in Oxford with his family.

 
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Richard Bowden

Managing Director

Bupa UK

Richard is the Managing Director of Bupa UK and is responsible for all Bupa businesses operating in this market.

Prior to taking on this role, Richard was the Managing Director of Bupa Australia. He held this position for 15 years; 10 of which whilst it was under the ownership of Bupa and five of which whilst it was under the ownership of AXA Asia Pacific.

Richard has had 30 years’ experience in the health sector and in addition to his role as Managing Director, he has worked at executive level across Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Strategy and IT. Richard is a Director of a number of Bupa UK companies and previously in Australia (apart from Bupa Directorships), he was Chairman and President of Private Healthcare Australia (previously Australian Health Insurance Association), a Commissioner on the Australian Commission of safety and Quality in Healthcare, and a Foundation Board member for Very Special Kids.

 
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Gail Briers

Chief Nurse
and Executive Director
of Operational
Clinical Services

5 Boroughs Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust

Gail Briers is a Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Operational Clinical Services working in a mental health, learning disability and community health Trust. She also has Board responsibility to represent and lead all AHPs within her Trust.

Gail is a registered mental health nurse who has worked for the NHS for over 30 years.

Gail has worked in a variety of clinical roles across In-patient and Community services before embarking on a career path in Clinical Management. The previous management and leadership roles have covered all areas of mental health and learning disabilities and most recently older people services.

Gail is committed to support the NHS to deliver high quality safe and effective services which deliver a positive patient experience.

 
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Pam Bradbury

Chair

Healthwatch
Dudley

Pam’s career so far has spanned almost 4 decades, gaining experience as a nurse, manager and leader in the NHS and as a professional advisor within the Department of Health.

Putting patients at the centre of local services has been key to her success and Pam is respected and recognised locally and nationally, as someone who works across professional and organisational boundaries, to ensure patients and the public get the highest quality service possible.

Pam has supported and motivated teams through significant system changes. She has held operational and strategic positions and has developed a wide range of skills, experience and understanding of designing and delivering new services in partnership with commissioners, providers and consumers of health and social care.

In May 2014 Pam was appointed to the committee of Healthwatch England where she is helping to represent the views of patients and the public at a national level. Pam’s area covers the central region taking in the East and West Midlands together with the East of England.

 
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Nick Carver

Chief Executive

East & North Hertfordshire
NHS Trust

Nick Carver was appointed as Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in November 2002, having previously been a successful chief executive of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire.

Nick’s role carries full responsibility for the Trust’s performance, forward planning and leadership of the executive team and clinical directors. He has led the organisation through financial turnaround and major service change and has been instrumental in securing public and political support for a major reconfiguration of hospital services that will bring substantial quality and financial benefit to the local health economy.

Nick started his NHS career as a qualified registered nurse in 1982, before developing his interest in health service management. In addition to his registered general nurse qualification, he holds a BA (Hons) in political theory and government, as well as an MSc in health care management.

In 2013, Nick was presented with the ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ award by Health Education, East of England.

 
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Sir Andrew Cash
OBE

Chief Executive

Sheffield Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust

Sir Andrew is Chief Executive of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest NHS foundation trusts in England with an annual budget in excess of £950million and 16,000 staff.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the independently assessed “Hospital of the Year” three times in the last six years.

Andrew was the founding Chair of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) and has undertaken three spells in the Department of Health, England – the most recent a secondment for a year as a Director General for developing health service providers.

He is a visiting Professor in Leadership and Development at the Universities of Sheffield and York. He chairs the NHS Employers Policy Board, is Deputy Chair of the NHS Confederation, is a member of the Innovation, Health and Wealth Implementation Board and is the incoming Chair of the Shelford Group which are the top ten university hospitals in England.

He was appointed an OBE in 2001 and knighted in 2009 for services to the National Health Service.

 
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Tony
Chambers

Chief Executive


Countess of Chester Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

Since being appointed as Chief Executive in December 2012, his main focus has been to work with West Cheshire Health and Care partners to make the Countess of Chester Hospitals one of best and safest organisations within the NHS. He led the successful reorganisation of regional vascular services which saw the South Mersey Arterial Network operate at the Countess from April 2014.

More recently the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been supporting Lord Carter in his Efficiency and Productivity work. Initially one of the 22 benchmark organisations and now as the emerging proof of concept site for the Model Hospital.

From starting his career as a student nurse in Bolton in 1985 he has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in a range of sectors and has been a Director in the NHS for over 15 years; most recently as the Director of Planning in South Wales. Prior to this he held Director roles in hospitals in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

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Stephen is Chair of the NHS Partners Network. He is also Treasurer of the Bar Council, Governor of a Southwark Primary School and a member of the Independent Sector Reference Group of the Department of Health.

Stephen is the former Group Chief Executive of BMI Healthcare, a post he held from 2011 until November 2014.

Stephen joined BMI in 1982. He was promoted to Commercial Director in 1992, operationally managing a number of the Group’s international health care investments across Europe and Scandinavia.

He was then appointed Strategy Director and supported the development of the Group’s current strategy on the NHS and NHS engagement generally. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2011.

 

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Dr Jane Collins

Chief Executive Officer

Marie Curie Cancer
Care

Dr Jane Collins qualified as a doctor in Birmingham and held consultant jobs at Guy’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in paediatric neurology.

Jane became CEO of Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2001, achieving Foundation Trust status in 2012 after which she left to become CEO of Marie Curie, the post which she now holds.

Marie Curie provides End of Life Care through its 9 hospices and home nursing services, the latter covering 95 per cent of the UK. Since February 2013 Jane has also been chairman of the London Clinical Senate Council.

 
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Matthew
Cooke

Deputy Medical Director


Heart of England
NHS Foundation Trust

Matthew Cooke is Director of Strategy and Deputy Medical Director at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Clinical Systems Design at Warwick Medical School. He is also honorary professor in the Dept. of Engineering at Brunel University and a clinical advisor to NHS England’s Emergency Care Intensive Support Team. He was in the Health Service Journal top 100 most influential clinical leaders in the NHS in 2013 and 2014 and has previously been in the Times top 100 UK doctors.  He has extensive experience in supporting improvement and change in emergency care in UK and internationally. In 2015 he was chosen as a WHO advisor in emergency care.

Until 2012 he was the National Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care at the Department of Health in London and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine.

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Professor Paul
Crawshaw

Chair

Healthwatch
Middlesbrough

Professor Paul Crawshaw is Chair of Healthwatch Middlesbrough. Healthwatch is the independent consumer champion for users of health and social care in England and Wales. Its aim is to provide a strong, independent voice for citizens and communities in influencing local health and social services in order to better meet their needs. Professor Crawshaw is Assistant Dean and Director of the Social Futures Institute at Teesside University.

He is a medical sociologist with nearly twenty years of experience of leading research projects in health and social care and public health many of which have focused explicitly on policy evaluation and impact.

 

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Paul Cuskin

Chair

Healthwatch South Tyneside
Care

Paul was employed by the Department of Work and Pensions for 30 years and worked with both the public and private sectors in the development of Welfare to Work. From 1999 to 2011 he was Strategic Director for the North East Employer Coalition working with employers and agencies to tackle long-term unemployment. He also chairs the multi-agency Local Quality Surveillance Group, is a board member of South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Board, the Integrated Health Board and is also a Healthwatch England committee member.

 
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Dr Andrew Davies

Chief Clinical Officer

Warrington Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Andrew Davies is the Chief Clinical Officer at the Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG represents 28 GP practices and commissions health services for Warrington’s 208,000 residents.

The Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning NHS care for Warrington, working with local health care providers to ensure that services meet the needs of all patients.

The Clinical Commissioning Group aims to put the views of clinicians, patients and the public of Warrington at the heart of its decisions in pursuit of ‘Excellence for Warrington’.

While Andrew has been Chair of the Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, it has achieved:2011 - Finalist status in the Health Service Journal Awards; 2012 - Winner of the Commissioning Group of the Year Award at the Health Service Journal Awards; 2012 - Winner of the Most Advanced Clinical Commissioning Group at the Vision Awards.

Andrew graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997 and went on to work at GP practices in Warrington and Runcorn. He has been working as a GP in Warrington for the past 11 years.

Andrew lives in Warrington with his wife and three daughters.

 
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Mike Derry

Chief Officer

Healthwatch Richmond

Richmond Health Voices is a charity set up to run Healthwatch Richmond and undertake similar activities. Mike Derry joined the organisation as Chief Officer at its inception in July 2013.

Previously he was Service Manager for Richmond LINk and in this role was responsible for its programme of extensive public involvement and research projects. Mike holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Management from St Mary's University and is co-author of two social care research papers published in the Journal of Care Services Management.

Before beginning a career in patient and public involvement, Mike spent over five years working in front line NHS and social care roles.

 
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Terry Dafter

Statutory Director -
Adult Social Care

Stockport Metropolitan
Borough Council

Originally from the West Country, Terry Dafter moved to Greater Manchester over 30 years ago when he started his career as a Social Worker. He worked for both Manchester and Bury Councils before joining Stockport Council just over 12 years ago, progressing through a number of senior management positions before becoming Director of Adult Social Care in April 2009.

Terry is a keen innovator and driver of information and electronic developments in Stockport and is the ADASS representative on the National Information Board, Integrated Digital Care Record Strategy Board, the Outcomes and Information Board and a number of related committees.

A member of the ADASS Executive he is also the Chair of the ADASS Information Management Group and Joint Chair of the Standards and Performance Network.

Terry is committed to closer integration between health and social care and believes informatics should act as an integral underpinning of any plans. He lives in South Manchester with his wife and three children.

 
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Anthony Deery

Group Nurse Director

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Anthony Deery is Director of Nursing at Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust. He has held senior leadership roles at both national and local level. He was Head of Mental Health Strategy at the Healthcare Commission (2005 to 2009) and Head of Mental Health Operations at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (2009 to 2011).

He has worked in both the UK and US health care systems and his experience includes policy development, standard setting, commissioning and operational management within the NHS.

 
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Professor Tim Evans

Medical Director
& Responsible Officer

Royal Brompton &
Harefield NHS Foundation
Trust

Tim Evans is Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He had been Academic Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians (2009-12) and a Senior Clinical Investigator of the National Institute of Health Research (2010-13).

Professor Evans was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2010-13) and led operationally the Future Hospital Commission of the Royal College of Physicians (2013).

Tim has served on many national and international committees relating to academic advancement and research, process improvement and clinical management. Tim qualified in 1979 at Manchester University, and underwent medical training at London postgraduate hospitals and the universities of Sheffield and California.

He returned to London in 1985, receiving further training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Since 1987 he has been professor of intensive care medicine at Imperial College, and consultant in intensive care and thoracic medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He is honorary consultant to HM Forces (Army).

 
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Dr Sam Everington

Chair

NHS Tower Hamlets
Clinical Commissioning
Group

Sam is a GP at the Bromley by Bow Centre in the East End of London. The Centre is used as a model for “healthy living centres” and NHS Lift premises.

The centre takes a holistic approach to health and health care and understands the importance of education, the environment, arts and employment. The centre includes over one hundred projects and social enterprises, including complementary therapies, art studios, a nursery, community care projects, landscape and graphic design, public art and a community café. It is a unique partnership between the private, public and voluntary sector, the community and patients.

The GP partnership now runs three surgeries, including a walk-in centre, and is the largest practice in Tower Hamlets.

Sam is a qualified Barrister and a member of BMA Council. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care and in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care. He is a director of Community Health Partnerships (NHS Lift) and Chair of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group.

 
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Dr Stewart M
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GP Partner

Bishopgate Medical
Centre

Dr Stewart Findlay has worked at Bishopgate Medical Centre since 1983. He has also been Chief Clinical Officer of Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) clinical commissioning group (CCG) since April 2013. DDES CCG is made up of three localities to form the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG. It covers a large geographical area and has a total population of 280,000.

Dr Findlay is also a member of the NHS Clinical Commissioners leadership Group, representing the North East and the NHS Alliance Regional Lead for the North East on Clinical Commissioning. His other posts include Chair of County Durham & Darlington Urgent Care Working Group and Vice Chair of Durham Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Findlay has been involved in commissioning since the early 1990s - as lead fund holder for his practice, locality lead, primary care group Chair, Professional Executive Committee Chair for the Durham Dales Primary Care Trust (PCT). He also leads practice based commissioning for his locality as part of County Durham and Darlington PCT.

 
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Jack Firth

Chair

Healthwatch
Bolton

Jack is the Chairman of Healthwatch Bolton. He was Chair of Bolton LINK for three years, prior to April 2013. Healthwatch Bolton Board members elected him as Chair at the first Board meeting during the transition period

Jack is committed to constantly developing opportunities for people to share their experiences of using health and social care services locally with those who are responsible for commissioning and providing those services. He is keen to ensure that local people have a loud voice in the planning, review and monitoring of the services that they or their families use.

 
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Bridget Fletcher

Chief Executive

Airedale NHS Foundation
Trust

Bridget was appointed Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in July 2010. She was previously Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nurse. She joined the Trust as Director of Nursing in 2005. Prior to this she held senior management roles in other NHS Trusts and was responsible for acute health services and professional nursing services.

As Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nurse, Ms Fletcher’s main focus was on embedding patient quality and safety systems across the organisation.

As Chief Executive she is now concentrating on leading whole system redesign to help create a sustainable local health and social care economy. This means leading a radical change from a mainly traditional medical hospital dominated delivery model to one based on diversified services, designed in partnership with commissioners, providers, commercial partners and the community and delivered at the most appropriate point for patients.

Patient-orchestrated care, at home/closer to home and enabled by technology, is at the heart of Bridget's strategy to deliver the organisation's Right Care vision.

 

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Dr Jane Flint

Consultant Cardiologist
& Hon. Senior Lecturer

Professional Trustee
British Heart Foundation

Dr Jane Flint served as a full-time Consultant Cardiologist in Dudley 1988 - 2011, leading the Trust's first Quality in Practice Development Team whilst Postgraduate Tutor, championing the expansion of DGH Cardiology services nationally, with representation on Royal College of Physicians' Specialty Committee and British Cardiovascular Society Council.

She co-founded the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation in 1993, and as President in 1999, sat on the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease.

Dr Flint became the first Clinical Director of the innovative Black Country Cardiovascular Network 2003 -2008 and was National Clinical Advisor for Cardiac Rehabilitation to NHS Improvement 2008-2012. Her other key interests include: a sub-specialty MD in Nuclear Cardiology and Women's Cardiovascular Health. She is also a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation and founded the Cardiovascular Care Partnership UK in 2003.

Jane remains committed to high quality, patient-centred, multidisciplinary and integrated teamwork in the NHS. She has also just joined 'Mike's Army' advising the Care Quality Commission as well as continuing to teach and support her sub-specialties.

 
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Dr Annet Gamell

Chief Clinical Officer

NHS Chiltern Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Annet Gamell qualified in 1980 at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. She has been a GP in Buckinghamshire since1985.

She chaired Bucks Primary Care Collaborative the local PBC group from 2007 and was appointed Chief Clinical Officer of Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in April 2013.

Chiltern CCG has 34 practices with a population of 320,000 patients. Annet is passionate about 'joined up' care, better communication and education for patients. She is also very interested in involving patients in discussions and decisions about healthy lifestyles, health and social care services.

 
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Lance Gardner

Chief Executive Officer

Care Plus Group

Lance Gardner qualified as a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor in West Yorkshire and began his career as a Nurse Practitioner in Runcorn in 1992.

He became a project manager in Salford four years later, before becoming one of the first owners of a nurse-led personal medical service (PMS) site in 1998. He left Salford with a heavy heart in 2001 to commence the role of Project Lead for Citizen Leadership at the National Leadership Centre. During 2003 he was seconded to the Department of Health as an adviser on the Governance Arrangements for NHS Foundation Trusts.

Lance left to become to Director of Modernisation for the Northern Lincolnshire Health & Social Care Community.

Lance’s current role is Chief Executive Officer of Care Plus Group in Grimsby, a Social Enterprise emerging from the ‘Right to Request’ scheme in the NHS. He gained an MSc in Ethics in Healthcare at Liverpool University in 1992, and was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to Primary Care Nursing. He is also a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute.

 
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Derek Greatorex

Chair

NHS South Devon and
Torbay Clinical
CommissioningGroup

Derek Greatorex has been a GP Principal in a South Devon market town practice for the past 18 years. He has particular interests in diabetes mellitus, rheumatology and minor surgery.

Derek has been involved in health service management for more than 15 years, serving as a Professional Executive Committee member of the former primary care trust (PCT), and taking an active part in practice-based commissioning.

He has played a pivotal role in the creation of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and was chair of one of the two consortia that merged to form the CCG.

He is a champion of clinical leadership and of creating a truly integrated and seamless healthcare system in the interests of patients. Derek’s belief, and that of the organisation, is that it is only through innovation and joined-up working that we can hope to achieve the quality and effective health care we are aiming for.

 
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Ben Greenwood

Vice-chair

Healthwatch
Rochdale

Ben Greenwood was born and bred in Rochdale. He was educated at Oulder Hill School before getting a degree in Philosophy and Politics at University of Manchester.

After university, and a short stop at University of Central Lancashire to get his journalism qualifications, Ben joined the Flintshire Evening Leader as a cub reporter. After a five year stint in journalism, he joined Blackburn with Darwen Council where he is presently employed as a senior media relations officer.

Ben is involved with a number of community groups including Rochdale and District Play Action Council and the borough’s Fairtrade Family, which he chairs. He is also treasurer of Friends of Norden Jubilee Park, a community group that aims to put on family fun events on the park off Hutchinson Road.

He was also vice chair of the Rochdale Local Involvement Network before it evolved into Healthwatch Rochdale. He has recently been elected to be a Unison rep.

 
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Dr Nick Harding

Chair

Sandwell and West
Birmingham Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Nick Harding qualified in medicine at the University of Birmingham in 1994 and has worked as a GP in inner-city Birmingham for more than 15 years.

He is Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, which crosses two local authority boundaries and was voted CCG of the Year by Health Service Journal.

A committed medical educator, Dr Harding has been an RCGP examiner and trainer for many years assessing national standards for general practice. He was appointed recently to the West Midlands Clinical Senate and is also a member of the Local Education Training Committee.

Nick has particular specialisms in cardiology and stroke, leading regional reconfiguration of stroke services. He is GP Lead Partner in Vitality Partnership, which brings together seven practices for over 50,000 patients, and has established a Super Partnership for improving quality of primary care. Outside of working hours, Nick has set up a project delivering health education in Malawi.

 
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Professor Tricia Hart

Chief Executive

South Tees Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Tricia Hart was appointed Chief Executive on 1 January 2013. A previous nurse, midwife, community nurse and health visitor, Tricia has over 40 years NHS experience working at director level in a primary care trust (PCT), acute/community provider, strategic health authority and the modernisation agency.

National work has included membership of Caldicott committee, organisation with a memory and member of nursing and care quality forum. Tricia was the nurse advisor to Robert Francis on the first inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire and on the public inquiry and recently was the co-chair of an independent report into the way the NHS handles complaints.

She was awarded the national award for inspirational leadership in 2009, named in 2013 as one of the HSJ’s top 100 clinical leaders in the NHS (ranked number 10) and in 2014 selected by the HSJ in their top 50 provider trust chief executives whom they felt were providing exceptional leadership.

 
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Sue Hartley

Executive Director
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Birmingham & Solihull
Mental Health
Foundation Trust

Sue Hartley has recently been appointed Executive Director of Nursing at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Sue was previously Director of Nursing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Sue has a strong background in nursing, performance management and service redesign. She is also a registered nurse and trained in Birmingham at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sue has held various nursing and management posts and has worked in a number of senior management positions including Deputy Head of Performance at the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

She has a passion for nursing and allied health professional (AHP) leadership, with a focus on the quality of care and experience given to service users and their carers.

 
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Peter Hay CBE

Strategic Director
for People

Birmingham City Council

Peter Hay is one of a team of strategic directors working within the City Council to transform outcomes for Birmingham’s residents. Peter’s responsibilities include Adult Social Care, Adult Learning and coordinating the Health and Wellbeing Partnership. More recently, Peter has also taken on the responsibility for the Children, Young People and Families Directorate.

Other responsibilities include Housing needs and hosting Public Health functions. The City Council has been transforming care to meet the demands of personalised care. With reduction in budgets more effective use of scarce resources and better outcomes are demanded.

From joining Birmingham in 2003, Peter has overseen major changes in residential & community provision of care. The council now offers individual budgets for all citizens receiving public funding alongside a growing emphasis on universal information, prevention & enablement.

Implementing real choice & control, alongside budget reductions and new arrangements with the NHS means that the council continues to reshape relationships with citizens, staff and providers. This includes some radically new approaches to meeting this challenge, including a full social work practice pilot, integration with NHS partners and investment in to prevention.

Peter was President of ADASS in 2011/12 and Chair of Research in Practice for Adults (RiPFA) at Dartington. Peter has undertaken a range of national work including exploring integration as part of the Future Forum and in the Whole Person Care Commission.

In June 2012, Peter was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours - the citation is for services to social and health care, and the role as president of ADASS.

 
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Jacqui Himbury

Nurse Director

Barking and Dagenham,
Havering and Redbridge
Clinical Commissioning
Groups

Jacqui Himbury is the Nurse Director working across three clinical commissioning groups in outer north east London. Jacqui is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor and has over twenty years’ experience as a front line clinician. She has a Bachelor’s degree in health and social care and more recently in 2009 acquired a post-graduate diploma in business administration. She has worked in a variety of challenging environments in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. Over the last ten years she has held a number of management posts, the last five years in Redbridge and Havering. Within her current role she is responsible for leading the quality assurance process of all CCG commissioned services for 750,000 people and the implementation of the Francis Report recommendations across the health care economy. Her main interests are leadership, safeguarding, system wide quality improvement and reducing health inequalities. She is a member of the Nursing, Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panels.

 
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Sheila Holmes

Trustee

Windsor, Ascot &
Maidenhead Healthwatch

Sheila Holmes was the Chairman of the Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead (WAM) Patient and Public Involvement Forum from the inception of PPIFs in 2003 until the introduction of LINk in 2007.

Sheila was one of the WAM members of the health panel for both WAM Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Berkshire East PCT and was not therefore eligible to be an active member of LINk.

Sheila was the Chairman of the Older Persons Partnership Board for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Chairman of the Older Persons’ Advisory for Forum for the RBWM, represented Healthwatch on the Berkshire East End of Life Board and the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Board.

Having originally trained as a nurse at University College Hospital, London, Sheila then married and ran various businesses including her husbands’ veterinary practice. She then returned to the NHS, re- training at Southampton University and worked in the community both as a health visitor and a tutor. Latterly, Sheila managed combined community services in Basingstoke, Aylesbury and Bloomsbury and then, in the 1990s was commissioned to set up general practices in Camden/Islington Family Health Services Authority (FHSA) and Haringey FHSA as fund holders.

As both a carer and a ‘customer’ Sheila has had considerable experience of the current health and care services both locally and nationally. Her personal philosophy is that there should be joined up health and social care, that individuals should be partners in their care from all agencies and there should be one source of up-to-date information available for everybody.

 
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Kate Holt

Manager

Healthwatch Northamptonshire

Biography to follow.

 
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Professor Peter
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Chief Executive

Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Peter Homa started work in the National Health Service in 1979 as a hospital porter, then joined the NHS National Management Training Scheme in London in 1981. Peter has extensive healthcare management experience, including 25 years as a chief executive.

Professor Homa is the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is one of the largest and most complex teaching hospitals in the country. He has a track record of leading innovative management practice to simultaneously improve the quality of patient care, teaching and research alongside value for money.

He is an Honorary Professor in Health Policy at the University of Nottingham and the University of Lincoln. His first degree is in economics and he has Master and Doctorate degrees in Business Administration.

Professor Homa was elected President of the Institute for Health Services Management, in 1998/99. He was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2000 for contributions to the health service.

Professor Homa is a member of the NHS National Leadership Council.

 
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Ray
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Director of Health Housing and Adult Social Care

Enfield Council

Ray combines his role as the Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care at Enfield Council with the privilege of serving as the Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

His Local Government career began in 1984 as a Scale 1 Clerical Officer and after working in three other London boroughs he joined Enfield in 1991, where many roles later he still works today. Ray was appointed as Director in 2006 and currently has responsibility for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care. Enfield is a multi-award winning North London Council, it’s growing reputation for adult social care was further enhanced recently with “gold” (the highest level possible) accreditation for the national best practice framework in safeguarding adults. (Making Safeguarding Personal).

He has held a number of roles within ADASS including Chair of the London Region, National Lead for the Regions and Vice President. His background in Commissioning has led to extensive work on national policy issues in this area.

Ray was born and raised in the East End of London, his family and Irish Ancestry are very important to him. Ray’s studies have included dual professional qualifications and a Masters in Leadership.

 
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Chief Nurse Information officer

Hull Royal Infirmary

Steve Jessop has worked for the NHS for past 27 years, enjoying a varied career. He completed his nurse training at St. James Hospital in Leeds and worked there for a while before moving back to Hull.

His nursing career includes roles such as Ward Manager, Matron, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Director. In 2000 he set up a critical care outreach team across two large hospital sites. His home and work life is one that has embraced technology, this came from many years working in Critical Care. More recently he has taken up a new post of Chief Nurse Information Officer at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

His current role is to support the deployment of Lorenzo, electronic white boards, e-observations and e-prescribing. His passion is to make sure technology is used to improve the safety and quality of patient care, freeing up time for front line clinical staff.

 
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Dr Elizabeth
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Former CCG Chair

NHS South Reading
Clinical Commissioning
Group

Dr Elizabeth Johnston is a GP at the University of Reading Medical Practice. She has worked there since 1997, starting there initially as locum before becoming Senior Partner in 2006. The practice is the largest in Reading with a list size of 17,500 patients.

She has been involved in clinical leadership since 2003 when she became Named Doctor for Child Protection in Reading. In 2006 she left that role to lead the local practices though practice-based commissioning and then became Chair of South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in April 2013, a role she left in 2014. Dr Johnston is also the former Chair of Long Term Conditions Board for Berkshire West Federation of CCGs.

 
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Dr Richard Jones

Consultant Cardiologist

Portsmouth Cardiac
Associates

Biography to follow.

 
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Maria Kane

Chief Executive

Barnet, Enfield and
Haringey Mental Health
NHS Trust

Maria Kane joined the Trust in 2007, initially as Executive Director of Corporate Development, and was appointed Chief Executive in July 2008, having already served nine months as Acting Chief Executive. Maria has a background in the private and voluntary sectors and the NHS.

Before joining the Trust, she was Executive Director of Corporate Development, Communications and Partnerships at the former North West London Strategic Health Authority.

 
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Robert Kenyon

Chief Officer,
Health Partnerships

Leeds City Council

Rob is the new Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council where he is responsible for Economic Development, Housing, Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Licensing and Land Charges, Community Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Events and Sports Development.

As Chief Officer for Health Partnerships at Leeds City Council and working with NHS, Rob was responsible for establishing the Health and Wellbeing Board and Integrated Commissioning Executive which set the overarching strategy and commissioning intentions for the city. He led the city’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the push to develop the Leeds £. He is lead officer for the Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing and advises other cabinet members with health portfolios.

A former pilot, sales manager, therapist, academic researcher and clinical director, Rob has held a number of leadership roles within the NHS and local government. These include regional and national development roles with the Home Office, National Treatment Agency, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Department of Health and LGA.

Rob is a founding member of the Leeds Innovation Health Hub which is responsible for building on the strength of the Leeds Eco-system to drive forward better outcomes of people and economic growth. He is also a Director and trustee of one of the city’s largest charities: Leeds Re’New.

 
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Sir Ron Kerr

Chief Executive

Guy’s and St. Thomas’
NHS Foundation
Trust

Sir Ron Kerr has been Chief Executive of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ since 2007. His first CEO appointment was in 1985 and his other roles have included:

Regional General Manager for North Thames Regional Health Authority, Chief Executive of the National Care Standards Commission, Chief Executive of United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, Deputy Director of Financial Management for the NHS Executive, and Chief Executive of the South East London Commissioning Agency.

He is currently Chair of the Association of UK University Hospitals and a Member of the Council of University of Bristol. He holds an MSc from London Business School. He received a Knighthood in the 2011 New Year’s Honours for services to health care.

 
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Richard Kirby

Chief Executive

Walsall Healthcare
NHS Trust

Richard is a graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme.

After undertaking roles in commissioning at both health authority and primary care group level, he was Head of Performance at Birmingham and Black Country SHA where he ensured that the SHA maintained its position as one of the best performing in the country.

Richard gained board level NHS Trust experience by joining Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust initially as Director of Strategy and then as Chief Operating Officer.

In these roles he led the development of new models of care working with local partners delivered service reconfigurations in paediatrics, surgery and pathology, maintained the Trust's track record of delivery on access targets and secured significant improvements in performance across the organisation. Richard was also chosen to take part in the national NHS Top Leaders Programme.

 
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Nicola Lees

Executive Director of Operations and Nursing

Bradford District Care
Trust

Nicola Lees has worked in mental health services since the early 1980s. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Master’s degree in practitioner research. Nicola specialised in forensic mental health and has worked in low, medium and high secure services.

Nicola joined Bradford District Care Trust in March 2009 on secondment from Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust where she was Network Director for specialist mental health services including eating disorders, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), low and medium secure services, mental health and deafness and prison in-reach across the North West.

Nicola was appointed substantively as Executive Director of Operations and Nursing in May 2010 and as Deputy Chief Executive in 2012.

 
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David Loughton

Chief Executive

Royal Wolverhampton
NHS Trust

David Loughton is Chief Executive at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, an organisation that he has taken from being one of the most financially challenged Trusts in the NHS to being financially sound and being the only Trust in Birmingham and the Black Country to be rated "Excellent" for the quality of services it provides and has a national reputation for patient safety.

The Trust has been appointed to run a local branch of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, and as the chosen Trust for the West Midlands, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will be awarded a five year contract from the Department of Health through the NIHR, and will take responsibility for distributing £27 million of funding per year.

David first joined the Health Service as an Assistant Hospital Engineer at Harefield Hospital before leaving to work in the private sector. He returned to the NHS in 1986 as Unit General Manager for Walsgrave Hospital, becoming Chief Executive in 1991.

David became Chief Executive of the extended University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where he developed, with Warwick University, a new Medical School and reached financial close on building a new £400m hospital.

David is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Advisory Board. He is also part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Champion Group, driving improvements in health and care.

 
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Iain MacBeath

Director of Health and
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Hertfordshire County
Council

Iain MacBeath is Director of Health and Community Services for Hertfordshire County Council. He is also a member of Hertfordshire's Health and Wellbeing Board and sits on the board of the two local Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Iain started work as a civil servant for the Benefits Agency (as was) and then worked for social services in Barnsley. After moving to Hertfordshire in 1999, he spent five years working for the Probation Service. He then returned to social services for London Borough of Barnet as Head of Performance and Improvement.

Iain became Assistant Director of Adult Care Services for Hertfordshire County Council in 2008 and later becoming Deputy Director responsible for commissioning - including more than £300m of spend jointly commissioned with the NHS.

Iain also sits on the national ADASS Resources Committee, chairs both the Eastern Region finance lead's meeting and the regional AD's group, and is the lead DASS on the Care Bill.

 
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Sarah-Jane Marsh

Chief Executive Officer

Birmingham Children's
Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust

Sarah-Jane Marsh is the Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH), one of only four specialist children’s hospitals in the country, providing care for over 250,000 children and young people a year from all over the UK and Europe.

BCH is a national centre for liver transplantation, craniofacial surgery and rare diseases, and a regional centre for cardiac, neurosurgery and burns.

Sarah-Jane joined the NHS via the Management Training Scheme in 2000, carrying out various roles within the Worcestershire health economy. Following a secondment to work in private office at the Department of Health, she was appointed as Planning Manager at Walsall Hospitals, and promoted to Director of Planning and Productivity in 2005.

In December 2007 she joined Birmingham Children’s Hospital as Chief Operating Officer, taking on the role of Chief Executive from June 2009.

Sarah-Jane’s main areas of interest are quality improvement and leadership, and she is Chair of the Emerging Leaders Steering Group in the West Midlands.

 
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Bev Maybury

Director - Adult Health
& Social Care

Calderdale Metropolitan
Borough Council

Bev Maybury became Director of Adults, Health and Social Care for Calderdale Council in January 2012.

She is enthusiastic about developing the transformation agenda in social care particularly in addressing organisational culture. She has been committed to the implementation of the personalisation agenda for many years and considers herself privileged to have been involved in the original individual budget pilot whilst Head of Transformation in Oldham.

In Calderdale, she hopes to cultivate a personalised approach to longer term care needs with the aim of achieving maximum independence without compromising our duty of care and our need to safeguard the most vulnerable adults within our communities.

She is currently working collaboratively with partners, including public health and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, to explore the benefits of an integrated approach as a solution to ensure the best use of limited resources. Her challenge is to deliver better outcomes for people and communities without narrowing choice and control.

 
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Sir Ian McCartney

Chair

Healthwatch Wigan

Sir Ian McCartney is Chair of Healthwatch Wigan. He has 23 years of experience as an MP, serving as MP for Makerfield between 1987 and 2010 and holding a number of ministerial positions.

Born in 1951, Sir Ian had a number of jobs after leaving school, including working as a seaman and a local Government manual worker. He was a councillor for Wigan Borough from 1982-87.

In Parliament he held various ministerial roles, including Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs (2006-2007); Minister Without Portfolio and Party Chair (2003-2006); Minister of State for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions (2001-2003); Minister of State for the Cabinet Office (1999-2001); and Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (1997-1999).

Prior to that, Sir Ian held a number of positions in opposition, including as spokesperson on health, employment, education and social services.

At the Cabinet Office, Sir Ian was responsible for modernising Government and E-Government. He was also responsible for the co-ordination of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, drugs policy and the Better Government for Older People initiative.

This was launched in June 1998 to improve public services for older people by listening to their needs on wide ranging issues including, access to benefits, health, housing and transport.

At the DTI, he succeeded in steering through legislation creating a national minimum wage, the fairness at work legislation and the Competition Act. As a Minister he also designed and introduced Pension Credit helping 2 million pensioners in poverty. Subsequently he was voted Backbench MP of the year in 2008 and 2009.

Sir Ian McCartney is married with one son (Hugh, who died tragically in 1999), two daughters, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is a keen supporter of Wigan Rugby League.

 
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Sir Jonathan
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Chief Executive

Oxford University
Hospitals NHS Trust

Sir Jonathan was appointed Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals in April 2010, following three years as Managing Director of BT Health.

Sir Jonathan qualified as a doctor at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School. In 1980 he was appointed Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1985.

Sir Jonathan became increasingly involved in hospital management during the 1990s, being appointed Clinical Director, then Medical Director and finally Chief Executive of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. In 2000 he was recruited to the position of Chief Executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust in London, an organisation that he led to become one of the first wave of Foundation Trusts in the NHS.

He has held a number of regional and national roles including membership of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration Board, Chairmanship of the Board of NHS Innovations (London), Chairmanship of the Association of UK University Hospitals and Chairmanship of the Board of the NHS Foundation Trust Network. Sir Jonathan was knighted in the New Year's Honours in 2005 for services to the NHS.

 
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Paul Mears

Chief Executive

Yeovil District Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust

Paul joined Yeovil District Hospital as CEO in May 2012. Since joining the trust he has been developing the organisation’s strategy to build a new model for a local District General Hospital particularly focused on the development of closer integration between primary and secondary care. Paul was also one of the founding members of the New Cavendish Group for innovative smaller hospital CEOs.

Paul previously worked as Chief Operating Officer at South Devon Healthcare and prior to this was Director of Operations at Torbay Care Trust where he was a member of the executive team which built one of the first integrated health and social care systems in the country. Prior to joining the NHS on the Gateway to Leadership programme Paul worked in the private sector in commercial roles with British Airways and Eurostar as well as in consultancy.

 
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David Mobbs

Group Chief Executive

Nuffield Health

David Mobbs is widely recognised as an innovative and influential leader in health care. He has put Nuffield Health in an excellent position to address people’s changing health needs. He is regularly invited to participate in health and charity policy thinking at the highest level.

David is regularly cited as one of the top 10 most influential people in health care and was awarded the 2012 Health Investor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.

David has worked in health care for all of his career and in the private health market for over 20 years. He started as a national management trainee in the NHS and gained extensive experience through roles with Bupa and the Community Hospitals Group.

He started at Nuffield Health as a Regional Director for Hospitals before being promoted to Hospitals Operations Director. Following a brief time with Sodexo Health, he returned to the company in 2003 as Group Chief Executive.

Under David’s leadership, Nuffield Health has worked hard to make joined up prevention, cure and promotion of wellbeing a reality.

 
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Fionna Moore

Chief Executive

London Ambulance
Service NHS Trust

Fionna Moore took up post as the London Ambulance Service’s first Medical Director in March 1998. She has responsibility for Clinical Governance, Clinical Audit and Research and the Service’s Cardiac and Trauma Care strategies. Fionna is also an executive member of the LAS Trust Board.

She has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine since 1985, holding appointments at the University College Hospital, the John Radcliffe in Oxford and most recently Imperial College Healthcare Trust. She is actively involved in training both within the hospital and ambulance service and is an instructor on a variety of advanced life support courses.

Fionna was appointed to Healthcare for London’s Clinical Advisory Group in 2007 and has been London’s Clinical Director for Major Trauma since October 2009. She is also a member of the Executive Council of the Resuscitation Council (UK), Chair of the National Ambulance Services Medical Director’s Group and on the Executive of the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC).

 
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Dame Julie Moore

Chief Executive

University Hospitals
Birmingham NHS
Foundation Trust

Julie is a graduate nurse who worked in clinical practice before moving into management. After a variety of clinical, management and director posts, she was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.

Julie is an Independent Member of the Board of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR) and a member of the following bodies: the International Advisory Board of the University of Birmingham Business School, the Court of the University of Birmingham, the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Shelford Group, ten leading academic hospitals in England.

In April 2011 she was asked by the Government to be a member of the NHS Future Forum to lead on the proposals for Education and Training reform and in August was asked to lead the follow up report. In September 2013, in recognition of the high quality of clinical care at UHB, Julie was asked by Secretary of State to lead a UHB team for the turnaround of two Trusts in special measures following the Kehoe review.

She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences including appearing on same programme as President Clinton in 2012 and undertaken many interviews on TV, radio and in the press, internationally, nationally and locally.

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University, was included in the BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK and was included in the HSJ lists of the most influential leaders. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

 
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Michele Moran

Chief Executive

Manchester Mental Health
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Michele Moran has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS, both as a nurse and a senior executive. Prior to her current role as Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Michele was Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse/Chief Operating Officer at Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A qualified nurse, mental health nurse and midwife, with a Masters degree in Health Services Management from Manchester University, Michele also has extensive experience in both the primary care and the acute sectors.

A former Chair of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) Clinical Leads Network, Michele is currently a non-executive director of the National Skills Academy.

 
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Sir Robert Naylor

Chief Executive

University College
London Hospitals
NHS Foundation
Trust

Sir Robert has been an NHS Chief Executive for 26 years and at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) since November 2000. UCLH is a flagship NHS Trust, comprising seven internationally known hospitals in central London.

It has been designated the top-performing hospital in the UK twice in the last three years. It is part of UCL Partners, one of the world’s leading academic medical centres. University College London (UCL) was recently designated the fourth best university in the world by Times Higher Education.

In 2005, Her Majesty the Queen opened the new University College Hospital (UCH), London’s first new teaching hospital in a generation. The Trust, UCL and partners will have invested over £2billion in clinical, academic and research facilities in just over a decade – creating one of the largest university/hospital complexes in the world. In April 2012, the Trust opened the third phase of development with the new UCH/Macmillan Cancer Centre. Other developments are the Crick Institute and proton beam therapy.

The Trust has been at the forefront of the UK public sector reform programme. Sir Robert has been an advisor to various strategy groups associated with healthcare reform. UCLH became one of the first Foundation Trusts, a new legal entity with devolved powers and greater autonomy.

He has a particular interest in leadership development and is a Fellow of the National Leadership Council. He is a Senior Fellow at Warwick University Institute of Public Governance and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Greenwich.

Sir Robert was Knighted in the 2008 Queen’s New Year’s Honours in recognition of services to health care in the UK.

 
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Dr Mark Newbold

Healthcare consultant and professor of healthcare leadership

Dr Mark Newbold is the former Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, incorporating three acute hospitals and community services. He left this role in December 2014 and is currently an independent healthcare and leadership consultant. Previously a consultant histopathologist, he is interested in the future of hospitals and in leadership, particularly clinical leadership.

Dr Newbold is a trustee of the NHS Confederation Hospitals Forum and is Honorary Professor of Healthcare Leadership at Aston University.

He believes that NHS leaders should be more visible and open in their decision-making and is fascinated by the role of social media in facilitating this. You can follow him on Twitter @drmarknewbold or read his blog at www.marknewbold.com.

 
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Sue Noyes

Chief Executive

East Midlands Ambulance
Service NHS Trust

Sue Noyes joined the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) as Interim Chief Executive in October 2013 for nine month period initially, which has now been further extended. She initiated a Quality Improvement Programme which the trust is working to deliver, covering a wide range of issues to improve performance, clinical quality, governance and staff morale.

Sue has more than 20 years’ experience in the NHS – she has been a Board director for over 15 years in provider and commissioner organisations and most recently was acting Chief Executive at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, providing mental health and community services.

Sue has a proven track record in changing the culture of organisations as well as delivering on performance. She holds a diploma in coaching, and a counselling certificate, and is also a trustee of a Leicester based charity.

 
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Karen Partington

Chief Executive

Lancashire Teaching
Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust

Following qualification as a Registered General Nurse, the early part of Karen’s career was clinically based firstly as a ward sister and subsequently for a 3-year period on secondment to ICI. Moving into general management she was appointed to the post of Chief Operating Officer at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In September 2011 she became the Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Since becoming Chief Executive she has become increasingly interested in the role and influence of the Foundation Trust Network at national level and has also become chair of the Foundation Trust Network Quality Working Group.

Karen is Chair of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network (ODN) Board and the Critical Care Network Board and is a member of the NICE Medical Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC). She is also a member of the North West Coast Academic Health Service Network (AHSN) Board and Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board.

 

 
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Dr Jane Pateman

Medical Director

South East Coast
Ambulance NHS
Foundation Trust

Dr Jane Pateman was appointed as Medical Director of South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust in 2009. Prior to this she was a consultant anaesthetist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, and still maintains a clinical commitment to the hospital.

As a consultant she has always had an active role in postgraduate medical education, firstly as a Regional Advisor and an FRCA examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists, after which she became an Associate Postgraduate Dean at the London Deanery. Here she had responsibility for a number of sub- specialities in London and the South East, including paediatric training programmes.

Jane was a member of the successful Board team which led to South East Coast Ambulance becoming the first ambulance service to achieve Foundation Trust status on 01 March 2011. The focus of the Trust’s clinical strategy is on the development of a skilled workforce that can deliver pathways providing clinical excellence and keep patients in the community.

 

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Chief Executive

South London and
Maudsley NHS
Foundation Trust

Dr Patrick is Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SlaM), an historic organisation within British mental health and an international centre of mental health excellence. Prior to this appointment Dr Patrick was Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in north London.

Originally trained as an adult psychiatrist at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, for many years Dr Patrick combined clinical work and developmental research. His published work has focused on the development and nature of adult personality and personality disorders, and the role of mental representation in this regard.

Dr Patrick holds a role with NHS England London Region as the Chair of the London Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network and is a Training and Supervising analyst for the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is a also member of the Executive Board of Kings Health Partners (KHP) academic health science centre and leads for KHP on integrated care.

 
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Angela Pedder OBE

Chief Executive

Royal Devon & Exeter
NHS Foundation Trust

Angela Pedder began her NHS career in 1976 as a Management Trainee working in the North West Thames Regional Health Authority.

In 1987 she was appointed Unit General Manager, Community Services, in North Hertfordshire. In 1991 she was appointed Chief Executive of an acute hospital trust, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead NHS Trust. Five years later she was appointed Chief Executive of the then Royal Devon & Exeter (RD&E) Healthcare NHS Trust (now Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust).

Angela has focused on improving the quality of care for local people and building the RD&E as a recognised provider of quality health care services, research and education.

Angela is a member of the Secretary of State’s National Stakeholders Forum. She was also a founder member of the Foundation Trust Network Board and worked closely with health care regulators and the highest level of government.

In honour of her contribution to the NHS, Angela was awarded an OBE in 2007.

 
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Dr Guy Pilkington

Clinical Chair

NHS Newcastle
West Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Guy Pilkington is Clinical Chair of NHS Newcastle West Clinical Commissioning Group (NWCCG), which works together with Newcastle North and East CCG and Gateshead CCG in an Alliance with a shared senior management team.

He has been Chair of the CCG and the preceding PBC (Practice-Based Commissioning) group for the last 7 years. NWCCG is ranked 19 (of 211) amongst CCGs in the country for the levels of deprivation experienced by its population.

NWCCG aims to be ambitious and innovative as an organisation and is extremely active within the wider CCG Network. It focuses on community engagement and seeks to incorporate the ‘social model’ of care into emerging strategies.

In light of the scale of the challenge faced by the health and social care system, NWCCG promotes the need for strong leadership and close collaboration, in order to counter the prospect of increased economic hardship and worsening health and wellbeing for already disadvantaged populations.

 
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Chairman

Healthwatch Worcestershire

Peter Pinfield, Chairman of Healthwatch Worcestershire has been involved both publically and strategically in Worcestershire's health and social care for over 30 years.

He has previously been a Chairman of the County's Social Services Committee, a champion for older people services, Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee and a non-executive Director of NHS Worcestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) where he led on patient and public involvement.

Peter is also a Mental Health Associate Manager, a member of the Learning Disability Partnership Board and currently chairs the Older People and Carers Joint Consultation Committees. Now retired, he was a professionally qualified Social Work Manager and has worked across all client and service groups.

 
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Dr Umesh Prabhu

Medical Director

Wrightington, Wigan &
Leigh NHS Foundation
Trust

Dr Umesh Prabhu is medical director at the Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust and also National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) Adviser and National Vice-Chairman of the British International Doctors Association of UK.

 

After his graduation in India, Umesh came to UK in 1982. He then trained in Paediatrics at Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds and in 1992 was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician to the Bury NHS Trust.

 

Dr Prabhu was the lead clinician in Paediatrics between 1992 and 1998. In 1998 he was appointed as the Medical Director of Bury Trust. He was a Non-executive member of the National Patient Safety Association (NPSA) from 2001-2003.

His special interest is medical errors and patient safety. As a Medical Director he conducted an audit of all medico-legal cases and complaints. He also analysed all cases of severe birth asphyxia at Bury NHS Trust from 1986 to 1994. Umesh has personal experience in the field of Patient safety and medical errors and is a passionate believer that protecting patients and supporting doctors are the two sides of the same coin.

Following his own mistake in 1992 Umesh developed keen interest in patient safety, medical errors, why doctors make mistakes, professional regulation, clinical governance, organisational culture and leadership. Umesh has given over 100 lectures and conducted many workshops on these topics.

Umesh is a twitter fanatic and tweets regularly regarding patient safety, duty of candour and many other topics related to NHS.

 
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Dr Hugh Porter

GP and Chair

NHS Nottingham City
Clinical Commissioning
Group

Dr Hugh Porter qualified from the University of Leicester in 1987. He completed his General Practice training in Nottingham before working in Australia. He became a GP partner at the University of Nottingham Health Service in 1993, where he continues to practice.

Dr Porter has a personal interest in travel medicine, gaining an MSc in the subject in 1999. In 2009 he completed an MBA and in 2011 was elected Chair and Clinical Leader of the clinical commissioning group. His executive portfolio includes being clinical lead for the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust contract and Emergency Care.

Hugh is Chair of the UNICOM Cluster Board and is also a core member of the East Midlands Clinical Senate.

 
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Sally Reed

Joint Commissioning
Manager

East Sussex County
Council

Sally Reed is the Head of Joint Commissioning for long-term conditions, physical and sensory impairment in East Sussex, a post which she has held since 2008.

Having qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987, Sally worked for 20 years in a range of clinical and then managerial roles across health and social care, largely focused on services for older people and adults with neurological long-term conditions. She first held a joint post in 2004 as Head of Occupational Therapy services for the PCTs and the Local Authority in East Sussex, with responsibility for commissioning some community services from the voluntary and independent sectors before moving to her current position.

 
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Dr Hugh Reeve

Chair

NHS Cumbria Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Hugh Reeve is a GP partner in Grange-over-Sands and is also Clinical Chair of the NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

Previously Dr Reeve was Medical Director at Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust (PCT), and prior to that was a GP in inner city Manchester and spent a couple of years as Director of Clinical Strategy at Stockport Health Authority.

Hugh has also done lots of interesting things in medical education and academia. He has worked previously with the General Medical Council (as a performance assessor), the Commission for Health Improvement (as a clinical assessor) and with Macmillan Cancer Support.

 
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John Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Southampton City
Clinical Commissioning
Group

John was appointed as Chief Officer Designate of Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in July 2012. He previously served at the SHIP Primary Care Trust (PCT), the cluster PCT covering Southampton, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. At SHIP PCT he was Executive Director assigned to the CCG.

A former PCT Chief Executive with over a decade’s experience leading commissioning organisations, John is passionate about supporting clinical leaders to own the quality and cost of health care, creating common purpose and leading with integrity and authenticity.

Hampshire born and bred, John studied social anthropology at Cambridge and joined the NHS in 1988 after a brief career in the Welsh Office. From 1991 to 2006 he worked in South West Hampshire, becoming Chief Executive of Eastleigh and Test Valley South PCT in 2002 and of New Forest in 2004. In 2005/6 he led the turnaround of this organisation, delivering £25 million in savings and restoring pride and self-belief to the beleaguered team.

Following reorganisation in 2006, John became Chief Executive in NHS Plymouth and played a leading role in supporting clinical leaders to drive up the quality of referrals and develop productive strategic partnerships. This prepared the way for the challenge of clinical commissioning in Southampton, which John says is “the best job in the NHS” and a privilege he is determined not to squander.

 
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Alison Robinson

Nurse Director and
Head of Quality and
Safeguarding

NHS South
Gloucestershire Clinical
Commissioning Group

Alison is the Nurse Director and Head of Quality and Safeguarding for the clinical commissioning group (CCG). She trained at Hammersmith Hospital in London as a general nurse and specialised in accident and emergency, working in London and South Wales.

She qualified as a Health Visitor in Bristol in 1992 where she worked for seven years before returning to the acute hospital sector at North Bristol Trust as Senior Nurse for Practice Development and then became the Trust’s Head of Nursing for Surgery.

Alison moved to NHS South Gloucestershire as Director of Clinical Development in 2008 and was then Deputy Director of Quality and Governance for NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Primary Care Trust Cluster before returning as Director of Nursing to the South Gloucestershire CCG in 2013.

 
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Michael Scott

Chief Executive

Norfolk and
Suffolk NHS
Foundation Trust

Michael has been Chief Executive of acute hospitals, mental health services, a primary care trust, as well as community services. He has also worked in the Department of Health, in the Modernisation Agency.

Mr Scott is now Chief Executive of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. His particular interests are integration with social care. He is passionate about developing community services as a real alternative to acute services.

He is also chair the NHS Confederation Community Services Forum.

 
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Jan Sensier

Chief Executive

Engaging Communities
Staffordshire

Jan Sensier is Chief Executive at Engaging Communities Staffordshire. Prior to joining this organisation, she worked in a number of senior management positions within Jobcentre Plus and then as a Senior Civil Servant at the Government Office for the East Midlands, working across 11 Government departments.

She then moved on to become Executive Director for East Midlands Councils, the representative body for local government in that region, supporting the political leadership and leading on various projects including establishing a network for Health and Wellbeing Board Chairs.

Engaging Communities Staffordshire is a community interest company set up to deliver Healthwatch Staffordshire, and to be the voice of the public in the delivery of public services in the county and beyond.

In the past year, it has been heavily involved in major health issues including the Trust Special Administration process at Mid Staffs, the Keogh review at Burton, and the Better Care Fund proposals for Staffordshire.

 
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Louise Shepherd
MBA MA CPFA

Chief Executive

Alder Hey Children's
NHS Foundation Trust

Louise Shepherd joined Alder Hey in March 2008. Prior to this she was Chief Executive of Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust which she led to Foundation Trust status - the first in Merseyside.

She was also Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust for five and a half years. Louise first joined the Health Service in 1993 as Director of Business Development at Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust.

A Cambridge University graduate, in 1985 Louise trained as an accountant in local government before spending four years with KPMG in Birmingham as a financial and management consultant to the public sector.

Trust Committee Membership and Roles include being: a member of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee, a member of the Resources and Business Development Committee, and an attendee of the Audit Committee.

Louise is very active in Liverpool outside the health service, in particular as Vice Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.

 
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Jan
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Chief Executive


United Lincolnshire Hospitals
NHS Trust

Jan is the former Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy and in December 2015 took up the role of Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Prior to his work for the Leadership Academy, Jan was Managing Director for NHS and Social Care Workforce at the Department of Health from July 2011. In 2011 he was seconded from NHS Sheffield where he was Chief Executive from 2006 to the Department of Health as Director of Leadership. He has been a Chief Executive in different NHS organisations for 13 years, including taking Barnsley Hospital to a first wave NHS Foundation Trust.

Jan is an Honorary Professor of both De Montfort University and Plymouth University, a visiting Senior Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and Trustee for the charities Combat Stress and Local Government Association Leadership Centre.   He has held a number of senior roles on national bodies and in local organisations, including Trustee of the Health Foundation.

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Dr Stephen Shortt

Chair

NHS Rushcliffe Clinical
Commissioning Group

Dr Stephen Shortt, a practising GP in the Nottinghamshire village of East Leake since 1992, is the Clinical Lead for Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group. Until the primary care trust (PCT) was disestablished in April 2013, Stephen continued to chair NHS Nottinghamshire County’s Professional Executive Committee.

Previously he was Professional and Executive Committee (PEC) Chair of the former Rushcliffe PCT. Stephen founded NEMS, a large GP co-operative providing out-of-hours care through service integration with Nottingham Community Health Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service, upon which the Department of Health out-of-hours review was constructed.

Dr Shortt also established Principia, a Department of Health social enterprise pathfinder organisation in Rushcliffe.

An advisor to the Department of Health since 1999, Stephen has just completed a two year part-time secondment as a Senior Policy Advisor in the departments Strategy Unit. He has worked on national policy on NHS Direct, Walk in Centres, the Out of Hours Review, Children’s NSF, Reforming Emergency Care, Practice Based Commissioning and the Primary Care Strategy.

 
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Steve Shrubb

Chief Executive

West London Mental
Health Trust

Steve Shrubb became Chief Executive at the West London Mental Health Trust in June 2012. Steve has a wide experience of mental health services gained over 35 years as a Chief Executive, Executive Director, Cognitive Therapist, Nurse and Domestic.

In his previous post as Director of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Steve’s role included shaping and challenging mental health policy, supporting the implementation of mental health policy and representing the mental health sector at cross government level. He has worked in close partnership with a range of stakeholders including NHS funded providers, the Department of Health, regulatory bodies, royal colleges and commissioners.

Steve has also worked as Regional/National Director for the National Institute for Mental Health in England. He was also formerly the Chief Executive of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland NHS Mental Health Trusts.

 

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Dr Tony Snell

Medical Director

Solent NHS Trust

Dr Tony Snell completed his GP training during his Royal Navy career. He worked as a GP near Colchester, becoming a GP Trainer and lead fund holder. In 1995 he became Director of Primary Care at Barnet Health Agency and a year later moved on to be Medical Adviser and Deputy Director of Healthcare Development, East Kent Health Authority.

Dr Snell was interested in evidence-based practice and managed care models in the USA and NHS. Developed and implemented the Primary Care Clinical Effectiveness project (PRICCE). This became the Quality Outcomes Framework.

In 2001 he was appointed Co-Vice Chair of NHS Confederation, new GMS negotiating team, leading on QOF. In 2003, Tony became Medical Director, Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority (SHA), taking executive lead on public health, inequalities, clinical governance and primary care. In 2006 he was appointed Associate Medical Director, contract research organisation.

This was followed by posts as Chief Executive Officer of the new National Health Fund, Anguilla, West Indies. Responsibilities included the setting up of a purchaser/provider, primary care led model, Medical Director, Harmoni, the largest independent primary care provider in the UK and Chief Medical Officer, NHS Hillingdon.

 
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Dr Tim Spicer

Chair

Hammersmith and Fulham
Clinical Commissioning
Group

Dr Tim Spicer is Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group and one of the Programme Medical Directors for Shaping a Healthier Future, North West London’s reconfiguration of acute and out-of-hospital services for a population of 2 million.

Tim practises as a GP near Shepherd’s Bush and, over the past decade, has contributed to a number of initiatives including the design and implementation of the North West London Integrated Care Pilot and the Whole Systems Pioneer Programme. He trained in medicine as a mature student following a successful career in the Arts.

 
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Tony Spotswood

Chief Executive

Royal Bournemouth and
Christchurch NHS
Foundation Trust

Tony Spotswood has been Chief Executive at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust for the past 12 years.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital became a Foundation Trust in 2005 and is regarded as one of the best performing acute trusts in England. The trust won the Hospital of the Year Award in December 2009 and the Safe Hospital of the Year Award in 2010.

Tony recently led the national Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) review of management costs and back office functions across the NHS; recommending significant rationalisation as a means to leverage savings of between £600m and £1bn for deployment in frontline services. He is a member of the Foundation Trust Network Board.

Tony joined the NHS in January 1983, working for South West Thames Regional Health Authority. A graduate of the University of London and Henley Management College, he has served as a member of the NHS Chief Executive’s sounding board and advised on the development of a range of policies.

 
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Clare Steel

Independent Social Care Consultant

Clare Steel is an independent social care consultant and former Statutory Director of Adult Social Services in Somerset County Council (SCC). Clare was Service Director for Adult Social Care in SCC for 6 years prior to her new appointment.

Clare has a strong background in health and social care commissioning. She has led commissioning and operational management of whole system improvements in health and social care, including integrated commissioning of admission avoidance, reablement and consequent workforce redesign. Prior to moving into management, Clare was a registered General Nurse and Health Visitor.

Clare has also facilitated community development in local communities in Somerset, Devon and Essex and brings the ethos of community and service user empowerment into commissioning and service delivery.

 
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Dr Howard Stoate

Chair

Bexley Clinical
Commissioning Group

Howard is the chair of Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and also chair of the south east London Area Prescribing Committee.

Howard has been a GP in Bexleyheath since 1982 and is a partner at the Albion Surgery. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of GPs in 1981 and was a GP tutor for the London Deanery from 1990 to 2004.

He was Labour MP for Dartford from 1997 to 2010; the only practising GP for most of this period. Howard was a member of the House of Commons select committee for nine years. He also initiated and chaired all-party parliamentary groups on a range of issues, such as primary care and public health, pharmacy, obesity and men’s health.

 
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Caroline Taylor

Director of Adult
Services

Torbay Council

Caroline Taylor is Director of Adult Services at Torbay Council. This role encompasses commissioning adult social care via an integrated model provided by the NHS trust, as well as specific housing and support solutions to improve independence and quality of life for vulnerable adults.

Caroline’s previous roles at Torbay Council include Interim Chief Operations Officer, Deputy Chief Executive/Commissioner for Communities and Governance, Commissioner Corporate Support and Director of Communications and Customer Services.

Prior to this, Caroline was the Head of Customer Relations at Kirklees Metropolitan Council, (professional lead for communications, customer experience). She has also worked in regional organisations in Yorkshire and Humberside, Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Manchester.

Caroline is also a member of ADASS.

 
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Tracy Taylor

Chief Executive

Birmingham Community
Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracy Taylor is an experienced, motivated and innovative Chief Executive with excellent leadership skills and a national profile.

Tracy is chief executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, which provides more than 130 community and specialist healthcare services across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

It is one of the largest community healthcare providers in England, with around 5,000 staff working in people’s homes, clinics and hospitals, and delivering more than two million patient interactions each year.

Services are provided for people of all ages, from childhood and throughout adult life. The organisation, which has 11,000 public members, also manages healthcare facilities which include Moseley Hall Hospital, Birmingham Dental Hospital and the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre.

Tracy has a clinical background, is a registered general nurse, health visitor and school nurse and has worked in the NHS in clinical, clinical management and senior management for 28 years. She has a breadth of experience in general management and service improvement across secondary care, primary care and community services.

 
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Annie Topping

Director of Quality and Patient Safety

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group

Annie Topping is the Chief Executive of Healthwatch Suffolk, the local consumer champion for both health and social care established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

She is committed to ensuring the views and experiences of service users are central to the planning and delivery of our health and social care services.

Annie is a nurse by background and brings 30 years of health care experience to the role, having held front-line clinical and senior management and Board level positions in both the NHS and the private sector.

Annie’s clinical career specialised in the fields of critical care and organ transplantation. She has a wealth of operational delivery and strategic planning experience gained as commissioner and provider in both primary and secondary care sectors.

Annie was previously Assistant Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Annie has an MBA from Henley Management College, and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University Campus Suffolk.

 
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Steve Warburton

Acting Chief
Executive

Aintree University
Hospital

Steve Warburton was appointed Acting Chief Executive of Aintree University Hospital from 1 April 2015 having previously been Deputy CEO /Director of Finance & Business Services.

Prior to joining Aintree University Hospital in July 2006, he was the Director of Finance & Performance/Deputy Chief Executive at South Sefton Primary Care Trust and before that, Deputy Director of Finance at the Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust. Steve joined the NHS in 1989 as a Graduate Finance Trainee and qualified as an accountant in 1993.​

 
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Lucy Watson

Director of Quality &
Patient Safety

Somerset Clinical
Commissioning Group

Lucy Watson is a registered nurse and registered health visitor with clinical experience within acute trust settings and primary care. Lucy trained in Sheffield and qualified as a nurse in 1982, and as a health visitor in 1993.

Lucy has worked in a number of senior operational and commissioning roles in the south west, including quality improvement, clinical governance, safeguarding and lead nurse roles for sexual health services, Sure Start and community health services.

In 2005 Lucy moved to Somerset to take up the post of Deputy Director of Nursing and Community Services in South Somerset Primary Care Trust, and joined NHS Somerset when it was formed in 2006. She was appointed to the role of Director of Nursing and Patient Safety at NHS Somerset in 2011.

Lucy is committed to continuously improving the quality and safety of health services, so that patients have a good experience of health care that meets their individual needs. As an experienced clinical leader in patient safety and quality, Lucy is focused on creating a culture where clinicians are supported to learn lessons and the patient’s voice is heard to improve health services.

 
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Dr Jane
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GP Clinical Director

Northumbria Healthcare
Foundation Trust

Having studied medicine at Sheffield, Dr Jane Weatherstone returned to her native North East to train as a GP. In 1990 she became a GP partner in North Tyneside and has remained in the area since.

Jane developed several clinical interests including diabetes and palliative care and spent several years working with Macmillan as a local palliative care lead. She was a GP trainer for many years before becoming a supervisory trainer.

In the mid-2000s Jane became a locality chair for a PBC group. She set up and chaired Engage Health, one of the original Commissioning Groups in North Tyneside. This became part of North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which she co-chaired until a change of role at the beginning of 2013.

In January 2013 Jane became a GP Clinical Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She continues to undertake clinical work in A & E and is a director of the community services business unit. Jane also remains involved in GP education.

 
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Simon Whitehouse

Chief Executive

South Cheshire & Vale Royal CCGs

Simon Whitehouse is the Chief Executive for South Cheshire & Vale Royal CCGs. He has responsibility for the development of the emerging clinical commissioning groups and is committed to delivering the best health services for the population of Vale Royal and South Cheshire.

Simon has worked in the NHS for over 15 years in a number of roles. He graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1995 having trained at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital before working for several years as a clinician at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. From that clinical post Simon moved to a post in the Industrial and Employment Relations Department of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy based in London. In 2002 Simon joined the national pay team at the Department of Health and the Modernisation Agency. He worked with a number of organisations and Strategic Health Authorities on the introduction of the new pay system.

In 2004 Simon joined Central Cheshire PCT as Director of Workforce Modernisation and then subsequently took over as Director of Primary Care where he led on the commissioning of all the PCT’s Independent Contractors. He completed his Masters in Change Management and Leadership with Manchester University in 2009 and has an interest in organisational and system change, believing that good leadership is at the core of all effective teams.

 
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Bob Williams

Chief Executive

North West Ambulance
Service

Bob Williams became Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service in November 2013, having been Acting CEO for the 18 months prior and the Deputy Chief Executive since the Trusts’ formation in 2006.

He began his NHS career at Northamptonshire Ambulance Service in 1985 following an initial career as a naval officer in the Fleet Air Arm, and became one of the country's first Paramedics in 1986. He first moved to the North West in 1998, joining Greater Manchester Ambulance Service as General Manager for Paramedic Services, having gained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration whilst a General Manager in a hospital Trust.

Bob subsequently became Director of Operations before leaving in 2002 to take up the role of Director of Patient Services at West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service.

Bob then left the NHS in 2005 to establish his own personal training business and management consultancy in the Commercial Sector before returning to the ambulance service with the North West Ambulance Service.

 
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Robert Woolley

Chief Executive

University Hospitals
Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust

Robert Woolley has been Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust since 2010.

Robert joined the Trust Board in 2002 and held the Performance Management and then the Corporate Development portfolios, overseeing the expansion of the Bristol Dental Hospital, the construction of the Bristol Heart Institute and the creation of the 10 year plan which committed £200 million of strategic capital investment. He was project director for the Trust’s successful application for Foundation status in 2008.

Robert joined the NHS as a planner at the Royal London Trust in 1992. At Barts and the London NHS Trust, he was head of strategic planning and assistant director for the redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital before taking general management roles in children's services and clinical support services. Robert read English at Lincoln College, Oxford, and holds an MBA with distinction from Bath University.

 
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Dr Bob Young

Consultant Diabetologist

Salford Royal NHS
Foundation Trust
(Acute and Community)

Dr Bob Young has been a Consultant Diabetologist for 27 years. During his time at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust he has had sub-specialty interests in children & young people’s diabetes, diabetic pregnancy, inpatient diabetes and diabetic complications.

Bob chairs the local diabetes network steering group, Salford Diabetes Care, is clinical lead of the South Manchester Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme and was for ten years Trust Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Information Technology.

Bob also served on the St Vincent Task Force, the Diabetes National Service Framework (NSF) external reference group, the GMC performance assessment development programme and has chaired the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) specialty sub-committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Since its inception in 2003 he has been Clinical Lead for the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) and he is foundation clinical lead of the National Diabetes Information Service (NDIS) now incorporated in the new PHE National Cardiovascular Information Network (NCVIN).

In 2010 Bob was awarded CBE for services to medicine and health care and became a Trustee of Diabetes UK in 2013.

 
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Shane
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Biography to follow.

 

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Sue Hyland

Deputy Chief Nurse

Heart of England NHS
Foundation Trust

Biography to follow.