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HEE Board

At HEE, we work nationally and locally. We are led by our Chair and Chief Executive, who are part of our Board, alongside our directors and non-executive directors. We also have four geography directors who provide a link between the Board and our 13 local teams.


Sir Keith Pearson JP DL

Chair

Sir Keith Pearson provides strategic leadership and ensures proper governance for the Board.

Keith has held Chair appointments in the NHS dating back to 1998 when he was appointed Chair of South Somerset Primary Care Group. He later became Chair of South Somerset PCT and was Chair of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA prior to the merger in 2006.

He is highly regarded for his healthcare expertise and knowledge gained through more than 30 years of working in the healthcare sector. Prior to coming to the NHS Keith worked with BUPA for seventeen years, five of which were based in Hong Kong as their Chief Executive.  He moved on from BUPA to become Chief Executive of AON’s operations in Thailand and then in Singapore.

Apart from Keith’s work in the NHS he is Chair of the Tri‐Base British American Community Relations committee for the MOD and is Chair of the GMC UK Revalidation Programme Board. Keith has been a Magistrate since 1999 and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cambridgeshire.

Keith was previously Chair of the NHS Confederation and has been awarded a knighthood for services to healthcare.

Professor Ian Cumming OBE

Chief Executive

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). HEE has an annual budget of £5bn which it spends on the education, training and development of the current and future health and healthcare workforce in England including commissioning undergraduate and postgraduate education, workforce planning, and lifelong learning. HEEs role is to transform the delivery of healthcare by focussing on the workforce. Ian was one of the co-authors of the 2015 NHS Five Year Forward View which provides a strategic framework for continuing to improve the quality of care and efficiency of the NHS over the period to 2020. Alongside this, HEE has recently published its own 15 year vision for the needs of patients and how the workforce needs to change to meet these needs.

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).

Executive directors

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Director of Nursing

Lisa was previously Assistant Director of Nursing at Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority. In her early career, Lisa worked in a variety of nursing roles across the public and private sector specialising in emergency care and surgery. Since then she has taken up a range of national roles including operational lead for preceptorship at the Department of Health.

Steve Clarke

Finance Director

Steve was Director of Finance for NHS Midlands and East and for NHS East of England since its inception in 2006. He was previously Director of Finance & Performance for Trent SHA.

Dr Nicki Latham

Director of Performance and Development

Nicki is the Executive Director of Performance and Development at Health Education England (HEE), who provide leadership for the new education and training system.  Nicki is responsible for performance reporting at HEE, is HEE’s Senior Responsible Officer for the Values Based Recruitment project and is the executive lead for research and innovation and information systems. A key part of her role was the development of the 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), following their authorisation in 2013.

Nicki was made Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University in May 2013 and has contributed to the work of the Health and Social Care Faculty.

Nicki was previously Chief Operating Officer for Information Systems at the National Institute for Health Research and has 20 years' experience in Higher Education, including at Leeds Metropolitan University where she completed her PhD in health education of diabetes.

 

Jo Lenaghan

Director of Strategy and Planning

Jo was Director of Policy for the National Quality Team. Previously she was Director of Reform at NHS West Midlands. Jo also worked as Chief Adviser to Sir David Nicholson for four years.

Currently seconded to the Five Year Forward View programme.

Professor Wendy Reid

Director of Education and Quality

Professor Reid was appointed as the Director of Education and Quality for HEE in 2014 in addition to her role as HEE’s first Medical Director. Wendy has previously worked as postgraduate dean in London and as the clinical advisor to the Department of Health on the European Working Time Directive. Wendy continues to practice as a consultant gynecologist at the Royal Free. She is keen to promote multi-professional workforce solutions for high quality patient care and to encourage wide participation across all healthcare roles.

Rob Smith

Interim Director - Strategy and Planning

29 years in the NHS, initially in finance and service commissioning. In 2002 his first foray in the world of NHS workforce development, as Director of Finance, Commissioning, and Planning at NE London WDC.  In 2006 appointed as Director of System Strategy and Development at NHS London, where he led the transformation of their workforce planning and education commissioning system.  He joined HEE’s National Team in October 2012 as Head of Planning and became Interim Director of Strategy and Planning in March 2015.

Lee Whitehead

Director of People and Communications

Prior to joining NHS East of England as Director of Communications in 2007, Lee was a Director of Fishburn Hedges, a large corporate communications agency. Since 2011 he has been Director of Communications for NHS Midlands and East.

Non-executive directors

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE

Chair, Skills for Care

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past 20 years. He is currently Chairman of Skills for Care, Skills for Care and Development, Hft – the learning disability Trust and Dementia UK.  David is Chair designate of the Standing Commission on Carers. He is a long standing GMC Visitor for Medical Education.

Mary Elford

Vice-Chair, East London NHS FT

Mary is also Vice-Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust, and is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards. She is also lay Council member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and previously worked as the Development Manager for the John Lewis Partnership.

Anna van der Gaag CBE

Public Appointments Ambassador

Anna was previously Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council and is a Public Appointments Ambassador and a Non-Executive Director of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network. Prior to her regulatory roles, she taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Sir Stephen Moss

Non-executive director

Sir Stephen Moss, a nurse by background who has spent the whole of his career in the NHS. Stephen is currently a Non-Executive Director at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has been Chair of the HEE pre-degree experience steering group since May 2013.

Kate Nealon

Non-executive director

Kate Nealon is currently a Non-Executive Director with Argo Group International Holdings Ltd. She has considerable business experience with strengths in risk management and corporate governance.

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