The board is made of up four non-executive directors, including the chair, and three executive directors. The director of NHS Employers sits as an executive director.
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.
Joanna Cubbon, chief executive, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Jo Cubbon joined Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive on 1 April 2008. She began her career as a Registered General Nurse, has trained as a Health Visitor and has an MBA from Liverpool University. Jo worked for a number of years in clinical and senior management roles both in the UK and abroad, spending time developing primary and community services in St. Petersburg. Her first job as an NHS Chief Executive was at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt District NHS Trust in 2000. She moved on to take up the CEO role at Burton Hospitals before joining East Lancashire NHS Trust, a four site, 7,000 staff hospital with an annual budget of £293m in 2005. Jo is currently joint Chair of the national Staff Council and interim Chair of NHS Employers as well as a Trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Jo lives in South Devon with her husband and family.
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.
Sheila McKenzie, director of finance and resources
Sheila has been with the NHS Confederation since February 2009, Sheila was previously the Director of Finance for Affinity Trust, a charity that supports people with learning difficulties across the UK. Her directorship also included responsibility for IT, property and facilities management.
Sheila is a Chartered Accountant who qualified after training in the London Office of Arthur Young (now known as Ernst and Young). Sheila also has a degree in Economics and a Diploma in Charity Finance.