Our company board


30 / 9 / 2010

NHS Employers' company board is responsible for the financial and management arrangements of the company, as well as ensuring that effective risk management processes are in place.

Read the minutes from the latest board meeting.

The board meets quarterly and its members are:

Michael O'Higgins, NHS Employers chair

Michael O'Higgins is the chair of the NHS Confederation and current chair of The Pensions Regulator.  He is the former chair of the Audit Commission, a position he held for six years before stepping down in September this year. He is also a non-executive director of Network Rail, a non-executive director of HM Treasury, and chair of the Treasury Group Audit Committee. His non-executive experience follows a successful business career.

Edward Colgan, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Edward has been Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since April 2006 and led the Trust through the Foundation Trust process to authorisation in May 2008.  He was previously Chief Executive of Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust from 2002-2006.  Prior to this appointment he was Director of Strategic Development with Dorset Health Authority. 

 He has held a number of senior management positions in acute, mental health community and learning disabilities services and was national policy lead for developing NHS contracting at the Department of Health in the early 1990’s.  He was Chairman of the NHS Benchmarking Club from 2002 to 2008.  Edward is also senior mental health representative on the NHSE Policy Board.

Dean Royles, chief executive, NHS Employers

Dean Royles director for NHS Employers. Previous roles include director of workforce and education at NHS North West; director of HR and communications at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and deputy director of workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health, where he was responsible for developing a national HR strategy for the NHS. He also had responsibility for work linked to the European Working Time Directive.

Dean was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service following its creation in 1999. He has also worked at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and in a community trust having started his HR career in industrial relations in a local authority.

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