The 2019 Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Summit includes a programme of national and international high-level speakers from a range of health and care organisations:

Ruth MayRuth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England

Ruth is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and an executive/national director at NHS England and NHS Improvement. She is also the national director responsible for infection prevention and control.

Ruth was appointed following her roles as Executive Director of Nursing at NHS Improvement, which commenced in April 2016, and Director of Nursing at Monitor, the healthcare sector regulator.

Prior to joining Monitor, she was Regional Chief Nurse and Nurse Director for the Midlands and East region of NHS England, where she championed the ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign, which nearly halved the number of pressure ulcers in the region, improving care for patients, as well as delivering cost savings to the NHS.

Ruth is passionate about nurturing the next generation of NHS nursing, midwifery and AHP leaders, encouraging professional development opportunities and working across the health system to put in place the optimal cultural conditions for all NHS employees to thrive. This includes advocating for improved mental health awareness in the workplace, championing volunteer activity to support the frontline workforce and being a vocal supporter of the WRES agenda and increased diversity across the NHS.

Ruth began her career with a variety of nursing roles before becoming a theatre sister at Frimley Park Hospital. She was Acting Director of Nursing at Barnet Hospital before being appointed the substantive Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive with Havering Primary Care Trust.

In October 2005, she became Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, a post she held for two years. She has also been Chief Executive of Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

Simon StevensSimon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, NHS England

Simon Stevens is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHS England, which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS Accounting Officer he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding.

Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.

Simon also spent a decade working internationally at UnitedHealth Group, including as its Medicare CEO and as president of its global health division, leading health services in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

Simon was born in Birmingham, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; Strathclyde University, Glasgow; and Columbia University, New York where he was Harkness Fellow at the New York City Health Department. He is married with two school-age children, and volunteers as a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust, visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and a local councillor for Brixton in South London. He is an honorary fellow of The Royal College of General Practitioners and holds an honorary doctorate from The University of Birmingham.

Susan Aitkenhead Director of Nursing, Professional Development, NHS England

Susan Aitkenhead is Director of Nursing, Professional Development at NHS England leading on a range of work aligned to system and service transformation at national, regional and local levels.

Susan is a registered nurse with extensive clinical, operational and strategic experience within healthcare across a variety of settings; and provider and commissioning Board roles within both the UK and overseas.

She has also worked in a variety of national policy roles such as at the Department of Health providing advice and support to ministers and policy officials across central government departments, and in professional regulation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

E-mail: susanaitkenhead@nhs.net
Twitter: @SAitke

Caroline Alexander, Chief Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust

Caroline has significant nursing leadership experience at director level across a breadth of portfolios – healthcare provision, commissioning and system leadership.  She was director of nursing and therapies for Tower Hamlets PCT and then director of nursing and quality For NHS ELC then NHS NEL clusters of primary care trusts. Caroline was regional chief nurse for NHS England in London for three years before taking up her current post of chief nursing officer for Barts Health.

Caroline graduated as a nurse in 1987 from Edinburgh University (BSc/RGN) and has an MSc in Nursing Studies from South Bank University. Caroline was a 2008 Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar. She is a Visiting Professor at Bucks New University.

Professor Lisa Baylis-Pratt, Chief Nurse and Interim Regional Director for London, Health Education England.

Lisa was appointed as Chief Nurse at Health Education England (HEE) in 2012 and in this role she is responsible for leading national policy, workforce planning, and multi-professional education and training commissioning for the non-medical healthcare workforce.

Key achievements include delivering transformation of nursing education and training (Raising the Bar), the successful test site programme for the Nursing Associate role, development and piloting of pre-degree care experience for aspirant nurses and leading the ‘return to practice’ initiative.

In 2017, in addition to her Chief Nurse role, Lisa was appointed to the as Interim Regional Director for London and South East. As the Regional Director Lisa is responsible for approximately £1billion of investment in education, training and workforce development across London. Her role also includes providing support to five Sustainability and Transformation Plans within the capital.

Sir David Behan, Chair, Health Education England

Sir David Behan was appointed as Chair of Health Education England in December 2018. He provides strategic leadership and ensures proper governance for the Board.

He began his career as a social worker and progressed to be the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the Department of Health as the Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation.

In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission where he led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England.

He was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Craig Bradley, Associate Chief Nurse, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Craig Bradley is the Associate Chief Nurse and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As well as infection control Craig leads on falls and pressure ulcer prevention and is well published in the literature on a range of patient safety issues.

Emial: craig.bradley@nhs.net
Twitter: @CraigBradleyRN

Dr Neil Churchill OBE, Director of Patient Experience, NHS England

Neil’s brief includes insight and feedback, patient participation in decision-making, improvement programmes on cancer, learning disability and support for carers and national partnerships with volunteers and the voluntary sector.

Neil joined NHS England in 2013 after a 25 year career in the voluntary sector at organisations including Barnardo’s, Age Concern, Crisis and Asthma UK. He has been a Non-Executive Director for NHS South of England, an appointed member of the National Information Governance Board and a trustee of a number of charities across the UK.

Neil is a member of the Executive Board for the Beryl Institute, a change agent from the School for Change Agents and a member of Q, the quality improvement collaborative from the Health Foundation. He tweets as @neilgchurchill.

Rupert Clarke, Head of Solutions Delivery, Allocate

Over the last four years, Rupert has led on the effective use of electronic systems to meet complex operational challenges in healthcare including; safe workforce practices, productivity measurement and improvement, evidence-led decision making, targeted KPI management, ward to board assurance and using effective rostering to drive bottom-line improvements.

In addition to leading improvement in customer focused outcomes, Rupert is passionate about the use of technology to drive cultural change and workforce engagement. Creating space for technology to empower flexibility and ownership in the workplace. Having previously worked in the NHS, Rupert understands the difference Allocate products can make to the day to day lives of frontline staff. He joined allocate to help bring this experience to all staff in the NHS and shape how we best meet the needs of both the staff and organisations that use our products.

Katie Clarke-Day, Patient Leader

My name is Katie Clarke-Day and I have lived experience of our NHS as someone who has multiple long term conditions and regularly navigates pathways of regular diagnostics, treatment, support, urgent care and more recently maternity services. I have a background in health psychology and social work and work hard to bring this expertise to my role as a patient partner

Yvonne Coghill OBE, JP, MSc, DMS, RGN, RMN, HV, CPT, Dip Exec Coaching.

Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.

In 2004, she had the unique opportunity to work at the Department of Health as Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir Nigel Crisp. In her three years at the Department, Yvonne held several strategic posts, including Programme Director for the Cleaner Hospitals Programme and External Relations Nursing Officer to the Chief Nursing Officer of England.

Yvonne is currently the Director – WRES Implementation in NHS England, and is a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she has helped develop their inclusion strategy, delivered workshops and was co-chair at their national forum in Orlando 2015. She has also been keynote speaker at the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE) annual conference in New Orleans. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D. Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.

Recently Yvonne has used her knowledge and experience of mental health to act as a commissioner on a report commissioned by the Royal college of Psychiatrists and chaired by Lord Crisp on ‘Adult mental health in patient services’ which fed into the NHS England task force review on mental health services in England.

In 2013 Yvonne was voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers, two years in a row. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed as Director for WRES Implementation in June 2015.

Professor Ian Cummings OBE, Chief Executive, Health Education England

Ian started his career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist and later worked as a Research Scientist in coagulation disorders in Manchester, England before moving into general management in the late 1980s.

Ian has held a variety of NHS general management posts including Operating Theatre Manager at a large teaching hospital and Assistant Chief Executive to the former North West Regional Health Authority. More recently, Ian has spent 11 years as Chief Executive of acute hospital Trusts, and three years as the Chief Executive of a healthcare commissioning organisation prior to being appointed Chief Executive of the NHS in the West Midlands in 2009. In this role, as one of the 10 top leaders in the NHS, Ian also became a member of the national NHS Management Board.  In 2012, Ian was appointed Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE).

Ian has a particular interest in the development of leadership skills in clinical staff and is an Honorary Professor of Leadership in the Medical School at Lancaster University where, until 2009 he also chaired the Board of the Health Leadership Centre. Ian has also held honorary appointments at the Universities of Liverpool, Cape Town and Cumbria.

Ian is the current Chairman of the NHS Leadership Board for England which rotates amongst the Arm’s Length Body Chief Executives.

In 2003 Ian was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the NHS. In 2010 Ian was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ian also holds honorary degrees at Lancaster University (DSc), Birmingham City University (DUniv), Manchester Met University (DHealth), and the University of Wolverhampton (DSc).

Bob Dent, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Midland Memorial Hospital, Texas, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN

Bob Dent is the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. He maintains academic appointments with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Bob is the immediate past president on the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors.

Dr. Dent’s career spans more than 30 years in such roles as nursing assistant, LVN, RN, assistant director of nursing, director of nursing, licensed nursing home administrator, CNO, dean of health sciences at a community college, and COO.

Dr. Dent is the recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Class of 2006 Up and Comers in Healthcare Administration; Texas Organization of Nurse Executives 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Distinguished Alumni 2014; and 2016 Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award.

Dr. Dent academically progressed in nursing completing a vocational nursing program at Texas State Technical Institute; Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from South Plains Community College; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix; and his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Dent is a Board Certified, Advanced Nurse Executive (NEA-BC); Certified Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP); a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE); a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN); and, a Fellow with the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Dent combined his expertise in nursing and leadership to author three books, many journal articles, and presentations related to culture, improving workplace environments, interprofessional collaboration, and nurse staffing.

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent has vast experience in healthcare provision.

She has worked as a midwife and a nurse and held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Director of Midwifery and Nursing positions for Women’s and Children’s services at Imperial College Healthcare Trust & Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Academic roles have included: Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, LME and Professor of Midwifery.

Jacqueline is currently Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health. She is also visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University.

Her experience has seen her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. She also influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. She is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board and until recently was an active member of the Maternity and Newborn Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine.

She has joined the Tommy’s Charity National Advisory Board as Midwifery advisor, and the Women of the Year management committee. Her voluntary work currently includes Midwifery Advisor for the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and until recently a trustee.

In 2014 she received the HSJ, BME Pioneers award and in 2015 she was selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion on Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.

Linda Dempster, Head of Infection Prevention and Control at NHS Improvement.

Linda Dempster is Head of Infection Prevention and Control at NHS Improvement. Linda has worked in a wide range of organisations providing expert  IPC leadership and has a strong interest in the wider patient safety agenda and Quality Improvement.

Email: ldempster@nhs.net
Twitter: @Lindajdempster

Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing and Therapies, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Avril has been Director Of Nursing and Therapies at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since 2003. She is Visiting Professor at the University Of Chester and Chair of the National Mental Health Nurse Directors Forum.

Avril has a keen interest in Nurse Leadership and Organisational Change, which was the focus of her MSc in Health and Social Care.

She is committed to reducing health and social inequalities receiving The Queen’s Nursing Institute Award for Innovation in 1999 after establishing a mental health nursing service in police custody suites. She has led CWP’s Challenging Stigma Campaign since 2004 and link with Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda since 2010. During 2017 she led on the development of CWP’s Person Centred Framework.

Avril received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to Mental Health Nursing.

Emma Easton, Head of Voluntary Partnerships, NHS England.

Emma Easton is NHS England’s Head of Voluntary Partnerships. She leads on developing more inclusive partnerships with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, including through a close working relationship with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to support the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme.

Emma’s team also develop and lead the approach to increasing high impact volunteering opportunities in health and care.

Prior to joining NHS England in 2014, Emma worked for Regional Voices, a network of regional VCSE organisations, supporting the VCSE sector to be more involved in health and care policy development, for example in supporting the sector’s response to the Marmot review, the transition from LINks to Local Healthwatch, and involvement in the Health and Social Care Act, 2012.

Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children & Young People, NHS England
RGN, RSCN, MSc (Nursing), PG Dip (Education), BSc (Hons), PG Dip (Management), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Accredited Coach. 

Kath is a registered general and children’s nurse, her career has included clinical, educational, managerial and service improvement roles. She is Experience of Care Lead for Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People at NHS England where she is committed to ensuring the voices of children, young people, families/carers and maternity service users are heard in their care and in the design, delivery and commissioning of services. From the 1 April Kath will join Barts Health as their Director of Children’s Nursing.

Email: kath.evans3@nhs.net
Twitter: @kathevans2
Blog: kathevans.com
Mobile: 07824 545954

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, NHS East London Foundation Trust

Navina has held a number of positions across the Trust including Director of Operations & Deputy CEO, Director for Mental Health, Lead Clinician Newham CAMHS and  Clinical Director Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  She is involved in Medical Education at Barts and The London Medical School as Honorary Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, and Academic Year Tutor. Her experience is in Psychiatry and Paediatrics, Dr Evans holds a MBBS, DCH and MRCPsych.

Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sam is an experienced Chief Nurse who worked at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust for eight years, where she held the role of Chief Nurse for four years.

Sam has also worked in a number of other trusts, including Shrewsbury and Telford and Frimley Park.

Sam has a strong focus on nursing and midwifery education, having worked in both Trust and University education roles in her earlier career.

Dr Joanne Fillingham, Clinical Director Allied Health Professions (AHPs), Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer

Dr Joanne Fillingham is a speech and language therapist who qualified in 1998 and completed a PhD in 2005. She was the first to be appointed to the role of Clinical Fellow to the Chief AHP Officer in NHS England and led the delivery of ‘AHPs into Action’. She joined NHS Improvement in December 2016 as the first Clinical Director for AHPs, reporting to the Executive Director of Nursing, were she provides expertise on how NHS Improvement can work to support trusts in service improvement and the professional development of AHPs.

Moya Flaherty, Head of Professional & Practice Development, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

Moya is currently head of professional and practice development at Northampton General Hospital. Prior to this Moya has always been an emergency nurse, she has over 20 years’ emergency nursing experience starting as a nursing auxiliary in 1998. Her experience ranges across 4 acute hospital trusts. Moya has had a career long interest in education, she believes that it is integral to excellence in not only nursing practice but also nurse retention.  Moya is proud to be part of a Pathway designated organisation.

Natalie Green, RN, MSc, Interim Deputy Director of Nursing & Midwifery

An experienced senior nurse within Northampton General Hospital Trust whose portfolio consists of both divisional and corporate responsibilities. Natalie’s background is in Critical Care nursing and she remains an advocate of nurses caring for the patient as a whole not just an ‘illness’. Natalie has led a fantastic team through several innovative development changes, which in the last 2 years includes Shared Decision Making Councils, Recognition programmes and being part of the senior team in the achievement of ‘Pathway to Excellence®’ designation.

Natalie believes that the most important parts of the NHS are its frontline teams and that the solutions to the majority of its dilemmas will come from them. As an enthusiastic champion of this ethos Natalie is the Trust lead for ‘Shared Decision Making’ with its methodology empowering those teams to make meaningful change for staff and their patients.

Hand-in-hand with empowerment of the frontline team, she feels that it is important to formally recognise their innovation, compassion and care – as a result, Natalie has led on the implementation of the DAISY award, NGH was the 2nd hospital in the country to do so, which also influenced the NGH Everyday Hero award which recognises those staff who are not nurses/midwives in the same way

Hilary Garratt CBE, BSc, MSc, RGN, RHV, PGCE, Director of Nursing in NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Hilary leads a nursing and midwifery team in NHS England that focuses on a number of national statutory functions and professional development priority areas.

She is a registered Nurse and Health Visitor with over 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS. Hilary has held a number of director posts and a deputy chief executive post in both Commissioning and Provision and has been working at National Director level for the last four years.

From 2013 – 2017 Hilary also volunteered for BBC Children in Need and was a committee member that undertook grant making for the North of England. She is also a trustee of a charity, “Giving to Gambia” and enjoys working in the Gambia for a short time each year as a volunteer to support initiatives that improve health and wellbeing.

Hilary worked in the Calais refugee jungle in 2016 and witnessed the reality of individuals, living through unimaginable trauma. She saw children being lured into the hands of criminals for want of a better life and seeing this first hand brought home the sheer importance of the NHS and other organisations across the health and care system working together to protect the most vulnerable people in society.

Hilary received a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to nursing, particularly her work to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in society

Twitter: @HilaryGarratt.

Baroness Dido Harding, Chair of NHS Improvement

Dido became Chair of NHS Improvement on 30 October 2017. She is a non-executive director on The Court of the Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee. She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group plc from 2010 to May 2017.

Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury’s convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury’s operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury’s from Tesco plc where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses.

Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of the British Land Company plc and Cheltenham Racecourse.

She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board.

In August 2014, Dido was offered a peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017.

Dido is married to politician John Penrose, has two children and, in what spare time she has left, is a jockey and racehorse owner.

David Harling, Head of Learning Disability, NHS Improvement

David is a registered Learning Disability nurse and a registered Mental Health nurse. He is currently the Head of Learning Disability at NHS Improvement.  David is passionate about the delivery of high quality person centred health & care services – particularly in relation to people with learning disabilities, autism or both and people with mental health needs.  He has served in a senior capacity at a local, regional and national level and has over 25 years experience; including posts as National Patient Safety Lead for Learning Disability, Consultant nurse and Strategic Health Authority Clinical lead for learning disability across Yorkshire and the Humber.

David is a staunch advocate of individualised services, co-production, community based support and empowering people who use services and their families to have their ideas and their stories heard; and ensuring people’s rights are upheld. David developed the original review model for the national Care and Treatment reviews and led the NHS England reviews of people who lived at Winterbourne View. He currently serves on a number of delivery and advisory boards.

David has achieved a number of accolades during his career including; the RCN learning disability nurse of the year, Nursing Times Highly Commended award, NIMHE national positive practice award and the Foundation of Nursing  Studies service innovation in practice award. David has previously been awarded the Florence Nightingale International Scholarship where he travelled to California to work within the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the California government evaluating services for people with developmental disabilities who present with behavioural and additional mental health needs. In his spare time he enjoys creating animations and illustrations and he co wrote top ten song ‘Not so manic now’ a hit for the band Dubstar in the 1990’s.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Julian previously worked as Managing Director of NHS Improving Quality – a national organisation set up to drive change and improvement across the NHS.

Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee working in the North East of England. Following his training, he worked in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. His first Board Director appointment was at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, where he was responsible for planning, operations and strategy.

Julian led Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Chief Executive for three years, where he took it to three star status, developed new Primary Care Centres and managed the PCT’s involvement in the Shipman Inquiry.

From 2005 Julian was Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, seeing the Trust transform and go on to achieve major financial turnaround, secure Foundation Trust status and become one of the first Trusts in the country to meet 18-week targets. In addition, Julian chaired the North West Leadership Academy.

Julian was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in June 2009 and led a major turnaround in MRSA reduction, A&E and 18-week performance. He also introduced a major programme of cultural change to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Since joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2013 Julian has focussed on creating a patient centred culture, fostering high levels of staff engagement, and ensuring frontline teams have the skills to improve care for patients. The Leeds Way has led to a step change in staff engagement meaning that Leeds Teaching Hospitals is now among the best performing Trusts in the national staff survey. Over 6,000 of our staff have so far engaged with The Leeds Improvement Method leading improvement projects across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical areas.

Julian also plays a key leadership role in the local and regional health economy acting as the Chair of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts which is a collaboration of the six hospital trusts across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to work together to deliver the best possible services for patients. Julian is also a core part of the leadership team for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership.

Dr Richard Hatchett, Senior Nurse Editor, RCNi

Dr Richard Hatchett is a registered nurse who is the Senior Nurse Editor for RCNi – the multimedia company owned by the Royal College of Nursing. He has a long history in academia and has worked as Deputy Head of the Royal Marsden School, the Head of Education and Standards at the NMC and has published widely. His Phd, for the University of London, examined the history of UK ministerial workforce policy and planning in nursing.

Angela Horsley, Head of Children, Young People and Transition, NHS Improvement.

The focus of Angela’s working life and her passion for her chosen career is the continuous improvement of healthcare for children and young people. Within her national role as Head of Children, Young People and Transition, NHS Improvement, Angela provides nursing advice relating to children and young people’s health care to the Chief Nursing Officer, England.  In 2018 she developed an Improvement and Assessment Framework for children and young people. This followed a review she undertook of children and young people’s services who were rated as “Requires Improvement” or “Inadequate” by the CQC.  Her role now includes visiting services and supporting them to improve the care they give to children and young people.

Now in her fortieth year as a nurse, earlier roles include that of Head of East Midlands Maternity and Children’s Network, Senior Nurse for Children and Young People, NHS England, and Clinical Lead at the Nottingham Children’s hospital. She has worked in a variety of roles in the UK and abroad and was instrumental in the commissioning of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital.

She is a registered general nurse, registered sick children’s nurse and Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She has published and presented widely and is a former chair of the Association of Chief Children’s Nurses (ACCN). Outside of work, Angela is a keen gardener and cyclist.

Peter Homa CBE, Chair, NHS Leadership Academy

Peter has 36 years NHS management experience including 27 as chief executive in three university teaching hospitals and two national organisations including the Commission for Health Improvement.

In November 2017 Peter retired from being Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH); one of the largest and most complex teaching hospitals in the UK.  Peter served as NUH’s chief executive for over eleven years.  During this time, NUH became the most research active teaching trust outside of London, Oxford and Cambridge.  Peter chaired the Association of UK University Hospitals Chief Executive forum between 2014/2017.  He has a track record of leading innovative management that simultaneously improves the quality of patient care, teaching and research alongside value for money.

Following retirement, Peter was appointed  foundation Chair, NHS Leadership Academy.  Peter also provides advice to many NHS organisations across the UK.

Peter was elected President, Institute for Health Services Management, in 1998/99; appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2000 for contributions to the health service.  Peter was one of four independent experts appointed by Sir Robert Francis to review the recommendations following the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry.  Peter was also a member of the Freedom to Speak up review, also led by Sir Robert Francis.

Peter’s first degree is in economics and he has Master and Doctorate degrees in Business Administration.  Peter has held Honorary Chairs at London School of Economics; Universities of Lincoln; Surrey and Nottingham Business School.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett DL, Chair, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and founder of Helpforce.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett is co Founder (with his friend Paul Marshall) and Chair of The Marshall Institute within the London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Trustee of The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The King’s Fund, and is on the Board of the Westminster Abbey Foundation. He has been appointed a Professor in Practise at the London School of Economics and adjunct Professor at imperial College’s Institute for Global Heath Innovation.

Thomas has served the Department of Health as a Chair or member of a number of advisory boards. He has held senior leadership positions with in investment banking and the voluntary sector including Chair of Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, English Churches Housing Group, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London amongst others. Sir Thomas has chaired commissions both for the government and independently on healthcare broadly, end of life care and Philanthropy.

In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to philanthropy, in 2013 a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropic Advocacy, a US Ferrari lifetime lectureship by Houston Methodist Medical School and an Honorary Degree by Anglia Ruskin University. Thomas is married to Juliet the founder and chair of the charity Smart Works and his great passions are choral music and family life.

Paul Jebb OStJ MA BSc(Hons) DipHE RN

Paul qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in numerous posts within nursing, as well as in operational management, in October 2014, Paul was successful in becoming the Experience of Care Professional Lead at NHS England leading on developing ‘Always Events®’. In December 2016 Paul returned to an NHS Trust as Associate Director of Nursing at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT and is currently on secondment as Deputy Director of Nursing at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust.

In 2016 completed the ‘Aspirant Executive Nurse Leaders’ course sponsored by NHS Improvement/NHS England and HEE at London South Bank University.

Paul is also a member of an NMC Professional Standards advisory panel, and was also part of the strategic group to refresh the NMC Education Standards.

Paul is chair of trustees at Blackpool Carers Centre, a charity to support unpaid cares across Blackpool.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/paul-jebb-rn-ostj-ma-bsc-b6172849
Twitter: @pauljebb1

Shaun Lintern, Senior Correspondent, Health Service Journal.

Shaun is HSJ’s Patient Safety Senior Correspondent as well as covering the NHS workforce and mental health services. He also covers the NHS in parts of the West and East Midlands as well as Cheshire and the Wirral and parts of South Yorkshire and Sheffield. He has been a journalist for 14 years, and helped expose the Mid Staffordshire care scandal while working as a local reporter in the West Midlands. He attended most days of the Francis inquiry, and also gave evidence as a witness.

Alison Lynch, Chief Nurse & Director of Quality Governance, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

Alison has been a registered general nurse and a registered sick children’s nurse for 34 years and has worked in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles. Alison worked at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for a significant part of her career including as assistant director of nursing and children’s lead. After leaving South Tees, Alison then spent the next five years working in wider health system roles as deputy director of nursing & quality at NHS England for the North.

East and Cumbria then as senior clinical lead at NHS Improvement, taking the lead role for the quality agenda.

Appointed in September 2018 Alison is now the System Chief Nurse for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust and the Integrated Healthcare System, Cumbria.

Twitter: @alisonlynch65

Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, DBE,PHD,BSC, RGN,FRCN,FQNI

Dame Jill qualified as a registered nurse at University College Hospital, London and worked in a range of acute clinical settings and as a practice nurse before pursuing a clinical academic career.  She is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton.

Over the years, Jill has held a number of academic leadership posts and has fulfilled key professional policy and advisory roles.  These include Chair of the UK Council of Deans for Health, Chair of the NIHR clinical academic awards panel and being a member of consecutive REF panels for Nursing and Allied Health Professions.  Most recently she acted as Lead Advisor to the NMC for the development of their new Future Nurse education standards.

Jill is currently Chair of the Future Nurse Oversight Board, charged with overseeing the implementation of the Future Nurse standards and is a Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. She is married with two sons and five grandchildren and is a keen sailor.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive Officer

Sarah-Jane joined the NHS via the Graduate Management Scheme, holding various roles in primary and secondary care and at the Department of Health, before promotion to Director of Planning and Productivity at Walsall Hospitals.

Appointed Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in December 2007, and Chief Executive just over a year later, whilst still only 32, the Trust has been under her leadership for nine years now and was named ‘Provider Trust of the Year’ by the Health Service Journal in 2015, and rated Outstanding by the CQC in February 2017.

In 2015, Sarah-Jane took on the additional role of Chief Executive of Birmingham Women’s, before going on to integrate the two Trusts to create the first Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Europe in little more than 18 months.  She also led the development of an innovative new mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds in the city – Forward Thinking Birmingham, the first of its type in the NHS.

In 2016, Sarah-Jane was asked to head-up the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme, which aims to make maternity care across England safer, and more personalised.  She is also a Doctor of both the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham City University.

Her passions are exceeding the expectations of patients and families, and making Birmingham Women’s and Children’s the very best place to work and be cared for, whilst supporting leaders from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.

Matthew McClelland, Director of Fitness to Practise

Matthew was appointed Director of Fitness to Practise in June 2017. He joined the NMC in March 2013 as Assistant Director, Governance and Planning, and became Deputy Director of Fitness to Practise in February 2015.

Before joining the NMC, Matthew spent 10 years in the higher education sector, including spells as a head of professional development for a higher education professional association and as a university secretary, overseeing governance, compliance, and legal affairs.

Lyn McIntyre MBE, UK Director of Healthcare, Allocate

Lyn trained as both a general and mental health nurse and worked across a variety of clinical settings and regionally and nationally during her 40-year NHS career.

Lyn was the nursing lead for the Carter acute productivity review, developing the Care Hours Per Patient Day (CHPPD) measure and writing the first national rostering guidance in July 2016. Lyn developed and led a 90-day E-rostering Improvement Collaborative for Allocate July – December 2016 with excellent results: staff and patient experience and efficiency gains. Lyn was also Mental Health – Senior Adviser for the Carter mental health and community productivity review, leading the introduction of CHPPD into mental health and community services for nurses in July 2018 and AHPs in December 2018.

Lyn joined Allocate as UK Director of Healthcare in January 2019. She was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and healthcare in Queen’s Birthday Honors in 2014.

Paula McGowan

Paula McGowan grew up in Liverpool and is married to Tom McGowan who is a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.

She has three children.

Following the untimely death of her youngest child Oliver, Paula has dedicated her life to campaigning for better health care for people who have autism and learning disabilities.

She is passionate that all doctors and nurses should receive mandatory training in autism and learning disability awareness.

Paula has recently moved to Australia with her husband but her campaigning continues to go from strength to strength. She attends health care conferences and continues to deliver presentations and training in order to ensure services improve the care they deliver.

Twitter: @PaulaMc007

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers

Danny Mortimer has been chief executive of NHS Employers since November 2014. NHS Employers is the voice of employers across the English NHS, and leads work relating to workforce policy and practice. He also serves as deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, of which NHS Employers is part.

Danny first worked in healthcare as a porter and a CSV care assistant before becoming a management trainee in Stoke-on-Trent. He worked in the NHS in Bath and Brighton before taking up his first director post in West Sussex. He then worked in Executive roles in hospitals in Hertfordshire and Nottingham before joining NHS Employers.

Danny is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and the NHS Retirement Fellowship, and chairs the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health organisations.

Twitter: @NHSE_Danny

Jackie Murphy, Executive Director of Nursing, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Jackie joined Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust ten years ago and has worked in a number of leadership roles, most recently as Executive Director of Nursing. She previously worked in a role that led the Trust’s modernisation, transformation agenda.  During this time she led the implementation of a number of technological innovations, including a full electronic patient record. In August 2018, Jackie was awarded the Chief Nurse award at the Digital Health Awards 2018. She won the award for her exemplary work around digital transformation and EPR introduction both at Calderdale & Huddersfield and Bradford Teaching Hospitals simultaneously.

Jackie has an extensive clinical background having trained in Leeds working in both medicine and surgery; she has also held senior nurse leadership positions at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. She holds a degree in Health and Community Care Management and has a Masters in Leadership and Management from the Nuffield Institute. She relishes her role as trustee at Overgate Hospice. Jackie is passionate about delivering consistent high quality compassionate care through strong visible, clinical leadership.

Wendy Nicholson, National Lead Nurse – Children, young people and families & Deputy Head of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery, Chief Nurse, Maternity and Early years Directorate, Public Health England. RGN RSCN RNt MA, BSc Dip Nursing, Florence Nightingale Scholar, QN Fellow, ILM Executive coach

Currently working as part of the Chief Nurse Directorate within PHE, as the National lead nurse for children, young people and families and Deputy Head of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery; providing professional leadership for public health nurses to strengthen health and wellbeing outcomes for maternity, children, young people and families. This includes supporting key deliverables relating to the Maternity Transformation programme, Best Start in Life and 5-24 agenda; additionally leading policy development including commissioning and employer guidance; generating and disseminating evidence.

As Deputy Head of the WHO CC she co-ordinates delivery against the WHO priorities, generates evidence, translates evidence into action and provides professional and clinical advice to other WHO Collaborating Centres.

In her spare time Wendy volunteers, this includes being a member of the Regional Children in Need Grants making committee and as an Independent Visitor for Looked after Children.

Mandy Preece, Volunteer at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mandy Preece volunteers for Macmillan Caring Locally (a Palliative Care Unit in RBCH NHS Trust) and is passionate about enabling volunteers to be alongside patients. In 2013, she initiated a volunteer bedside companion scheme at the Unit. Volunteers receive her experiential communications training so they can support patients at the end of life or sit with someone who is dying alone. In 2017 the training received the Princess Royal Training Award for best practice in the workplace.  Mandy has now helped other hospices set up similar schemes. Mandy is also NHS Unsung Hero Volunteer of the Year.

Twitter handle: @beingalongside
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-preece-8a79987b/

Mark Radford, Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement

Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and governance.

Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive Care in the UK and Europe.  He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.  Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.

Dr Lisa Ritchie, Nurse Consultant in Infection Control

Dr Lisa Ritchie is a Nurse Consultant in Infection Control and clinical lead for the National Infection Prevention and Control Policy, Guidance and Outbreak Health Protection Programme at Health Protection Scotland.  Lisa has been active in developing infection prevention and control guidelines both nationally and internationally

Email: lisaritchie@nhs.net
Twitter: @Lisaritchie111

Margaret Rowe, Executive Dean for the School of Health & Society, University of Salford.

One of the largest providers of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Education programmes in the UK, with an excellent record of high-quality programs, which focus on enhancing the student experience.

Margaret is highly regarded on the regional, national and international stage and actively contributes to forums on workforce issues and future ways of working. She was the Higher Education national representative on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Revalidation Strategic Steering Group and is currently a member of the Salford Health & Wellbeing Board, the HEE Collaborative Board and a Governor of the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Twitter: @MargaretRoweUoS
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/professor-margaret-rowe-41b9ab77

Professor Oliver Shanley OBE

Oliver took up post as Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement in December 2016.   Previously Oliver was Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) for seven years.

Oliver worked in Mental Health Services since 1987, qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse in 1990. He has worked clinically in a variety of mental health settings, predominately in Forensic services.  After working at all clinical nursing grades from Staff Nurse to Senior Nurse Specialist, he commenced work in management.  He has worked at Executive Nurse level since 2003.

As Chief Nurse for London Oliver is responsible for a number of key areas including quality and safety, safeguarding, workforce and professional leadership.  He is also sits on and chairs several national committees.

Oliver attained a Doctorate at Kings College London in 2012 and was appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire in 2014.

In the 2016 New Year’s Honours List Oliver was awarded an OBE for services to Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nursing.

Alison Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, North Cumbria Integrated Health Care System

Alison’s post covers North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Alison has been a registered nurse for 34 years and has worked in a variety of clinical, managerial and educational roles.

Alison worked at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for a significant part of her career including as assistant director of nursing and children’s lead.

After leaving South Tees, Alison then spent the next five years working in wider health system roles as deputy director of nursing & quality at NHS England for the North East & Cumbria then as senior clinical lead at NHS Improvement, taking the lead role for the quality agenda.

In both of her roles with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Alison has worked closely with colleagues in the NHS in Cumbria.

Victoria MacDonald, Journalist and Broadcaster

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News and has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She reports on changes in the NHS – the reforms and the politics – whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.

She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2019. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care.

Andrea was previously at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she was the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care since October 2013. While there she led on the regulation and inspection of adult social care including residential and nursing homes and domiciliary care. Andrea was also responsible for the registration team, supporting all health and care sectors.

Prior to that she had roles as the Chief Executive at Social Care Institute for Excellence and also Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission. She was also an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years.

In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Gill Walton is the Royal College of Midwives’ Chief Executive.  Gill is an experienced and acknowledged midwifery leader and manager.  Before joining the RCM, she was the Director of Midwifery and Maternity Services at Portsmouth Hospitals and held similar posts at the Royal Berkshire Hospitals, Barking and Havering and Redbridge, and the John Radcliffe in Oxford.  Gill has led many NHS transformation programmes for maternity services and has been involved in national strategic policy developments including work with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Department of Health and other regional strategic bodies.  Gill is an advocate for improvements in maternity care and involving the wider maternity team.

Twitter: @GillWaltonRCM

Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Associate Deputy Chief Nurse at Public Health England

Professor Jamie Waterall is National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Associate Deputy Chief Nurse at Public Health England.  He leads several strategic priority programmes, including the NHS Health Check, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention System Leadership Forum and the All Our Health professional framework. He has extensive experience of leading large scale programmes and working across complex systems.

Given the nature of his role, Professor Waterall works closely with a number of academic institutions, including The University of Nottingham, were he holds an Honorary Professor position. He remains active in writing for peer reviewed journals and has an extensive publications list.


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Professor Keith Willett CBE, FRCS, FRCS(Ed)

Professor Keith Willett is the Strategic Commander for EU Exit for the NHS and Medical Director for Acute Care and Emergency Preparedness to NHS England; he is the Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford. An NHS consultant surgeon for 25 years he has extensive experience of trauma and emergency care, driving service transformation and healthcare management. He has taught surgery, urgent care service transformation and medical leadership extensively across the NHS and internationally in developed and low income countries. He was deployed by government as a civilian surgeon in both Afghanistan and Libya to lead the medical evacuation of casualties.

In 2003 he founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford focusing on the treatment of critically ill and injured patients; he still leads an active research programme in musculoskeletal injury and recovery.

He was the co-founder of the unique 24-hour consultant-resident Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in 1994. Building on that model, in 2009 he was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care to the Department of Health and was charged with developing and implementing government policy across the NHS to radically improve the care of older people with fragility hip fractures and to establish Regional Trauma Networks and Major Trauma Centres. By 2012 both re-organisations and care pathways were successfully in place and are now credited with marked improvement in patient care and survival.

In his current role, he has the national medical oversight of acute NHS services ranging from pre-hospital and ambulance services, emergency departments, urgent surgery, acute medicine, critical care, defence medical services, children’s and maternity care, and national major incidents and terrorism. He leads the programme to transform urgent and emergency care services across the NHS in England and to modernise services for stroke patients.

IMPS, a children’s safety charity he launched 24 years ago in Oxford, has trained over 500,000 children in risk awareness, first aid and life support.

He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years Honour’s List in 2016 for services to the NHS.

Mike Wright MBA RN, Executive Chief Nurse, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mike has been a nurse for 37 years and an executive director of nursing for the past sixteen years. Mike is from Hull originally and lives in East Yorkshire. He and has worked in Hull, London for 18 years (Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and Bromley Hospitals) and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust before returning to Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2015.

Mike’s clinical background has been predominantly in adult neurosurgery, general/vascular surgery, critical care and cardiac surgery. He has also held senior nursing and leadership posts at all levels in nursing during his career.

Mike is passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to patients and service users and offers no apologies for pursuing this constantly.

Mike also believes that it is essential to support, develop and nurture staff as they are the most significant and precious resource and the key to safer, better and more reliable care. However, staff development and support needs to be backed up with clear and strong accountability and performance management at all levels.

Mike is also passionate about the use of technology and robust information alongside professional judgement to help improve patient care, assist with decision making and deploy resources effectively. He also believes that it is often the little things that make the biggest difference to patients.