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Chief Executive, Danny Mortimer

Danny Mortimer

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. 

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

Directors

Paul Wallace, Director of Employment Relations and Reward

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace joined NHS Employers in May 2015. His previous role was Group Head of Reward in the Ministry of Justice, where he was responsible for the development of all aspects of pay and reward strategy. Paul joined the civil service in 2005 as the Head of Reward in HM Prison Service (later becoming the NOMS Agency).

A senior HR reward management professional he has extensive experience of working in large, complex and unionised organisations and has a deep understanding of pay and reward and how this relates to the employment proposition. 

In his earlier career prior to joining the civil service he worked as a consultant, including spending time working in the NHS where he gained an understanding of NHS Agenda for Change and the current pay and contracts in operation for medical staff. 

Contact Paul at paul.wallace@nhsemployers.org

Sue Covill, Director of Development and Employment

Sue Covill

As director of development and employment at NHS Employers, Sue supports the work of her team incorporating workforce development and assurance, staff experience, and organisational development. Sue is also a key representative with networks and stakeholders, driving forward NHS Employers’ programmes of work across the UK. Sue brings great experience to the organisation from her previous role as director of human resources at trusts in the north of England including South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she supported the organisation through a period of significant change and achievement. Sue is a member of both the CIPD and the IHM. She has an MA with distinction in Leading Innovation and Change and is a qualified coach.

Contact Sue at sue.covill@nhsemployers.org 

Andrew Fisher, Director of Communications and Commercial Services

Andrew manages the Leeds-based communications, digital and broadcasting teams, who are at the leading edge of communications in the NHS, using a wide range of tools and techniques to get our messages across to key workforce leaders and the 1.3 million staff that make up the NHS workforce. Our #NHSEngage programme is driving a more permissive use of social meda in the NHS and we lead on a number of high-profile campaigns.

We are responsible for one of the most visited websites in the NHS, communicate with the NHS through our regular digital bulletins, produce our own in-house videos and podcasts and find fun ways of implementing our internal comms programmes. Always looking for new ways to do things! 

Twitter: @NHSC_Andrew 

Rebecca Smith, Director of Engagement

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith joined NHS Employers in April 2013 as head of engagement for the North of England, before becoming assistant director for the national engagement service in June 2014.

Rebecca works closely with HR directors, area heads of engagement and HR director network chairs to ensure that the voice of employers is front and centre of workforce discussions.  She also leads on social partnership working, and through the national engagement service and the chairs of the regional forums, ensures that there is greater alignment across and between regional and national work streams and forums. 

Rebecca has worked at HR director level and in a range of organisations including a local authority, NHS acute and community trusts and mental health organisations. Her most recent experience was within SHAs where she was a cluster HR programme director for the North of England. Rebecca has a Masters in HR management and is a member of the CIPD.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.smith@nhsemployers.org

Andrea Hester, Director of Employment Relations and Reward

Andrea Hester

Andrea leads NHS Employers' work on the NHS Pension Scheme reform programme and the total reward strategy for the NHS. She has held a variety of senior roles including director of HR at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and director of OD and HR at NHS North of Tyne. Andrea was appointed to the NHS Employers Assembly in 2003 and from this role became a member of the management side Staff Council and Pay Negotiating Committee.  She joined NHS Employers full time in 2006 as the head of programmes, with responsibility for the ISTC work programmes and workforce productivity. In October 2006 Andrea became the head of employment services with responsibility for health and well-being, employment practice, revalidation and education.  Following a period of just over 18 months at NHS North of Tyne, Andrea returned to NHS Employers as the Head of Pensions and Reward.

Contact Andrea at andrea.hester@nhsemployers.org  

Twitter: @AndreaHester

Assistant directors

Andrew Clapperton, Assistant Director, Primary Care Contracting

Andrew Clapperton heads the Primary Care Workforce and Contracting team which is responsible for the negotiations of the General Medical Services contract and the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. Andrew joined NHS Employers in March 2008. Prior to taking up this role, Andrew spent 12 years working in various policy and finance roles at the Department of Health.  Andrew’s experience before then covers both the private and public sector, including eight years in the NHS.

Contact Andrew at andrew.clapperton@nhsemployers.org

Ruth Warden, Assistant Director, Employment Services

Ruth Warden

Ruth has responsibility for a number of key workstreams, including health and wellbeing, the flu fighter campaign, shape and education of the workforce, Compassion in Practice, NHS Employers commissioned work to support the government’s response to the Francis report and Skills in employment. Ruth is a qualified coach and an experienced team facilitator and developer with over 20 years' experience in both the private and public sector. She has an MSc in Health and Social Services Management.

Ruth started her career in the private sector designing training solutions for ASDA. She moved into the NHS in 1992 and had a variety of roles ranging from training and development, workforce modernisation, workforce planning and workforce information management. Following a short time at Yorkshire and Humber SHA working in the Public Health department supporting the development of the Public Health Workforce, Ruth moved to the NHS Employers organisation in July 2010 to take up her current role. Ruth is married with 2 children and lives just outside Leeds.

Contact Ruth at ruth.warden@nhsemployers.org

Twitter: @NHSE_Ruth

Caroline Waterfield, Assistant Director, Employment Services

Caroline Waterfield

Caroline has responsibility for delivering several elements of work related to recruitment and employment practice including supply, safe and values driven recruitment, raising concerns and regulation. The team are also contracted to support the implementation of modernising healthcare science careers. Working closely with professional and system regulators, government departments and the national NHS organisations, the team represents employers' views on changes to policy and legislation. To do this well and ensure they add value to employers, the team work closely with employers. They support HR and service managers to implement policy changes and improve recruitment and employment practices by producing practical resources and by facilitating the sharing of learning and best practice through workshops and share and learn network sessions.

Caroline joined NHS Employers in November 2007 after holding HR roles in the NHS in West and North Cumbria and then in Harrogate. When she's not at work you're likely to find her in the hills of the Yorkshire Dales or Peak District.

Contact Caroline at caroline.waterfield@nhsemployers.org 

Twitter: @NHSE_Caroline

Geoff Winnard, Assistant Director, Agenda for Change and Employment Relations

Geoff Winnard

Geoff Winnard is Head of Agenda for Change/non-Medical pay at NHS Employers. He is responsible for working with and supporting employer representatives in national negotiations on conditions of service through the NHS Staff Council and its various technical sub groups including those on the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the Job Evaluation. He also leads on employer evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body. His team provide advice and guidance to employers on the nationally agreed pay and conditions of service for non-medial staff and related issues.

Contact Geoff at geoffrey.winnard@nhsemployers.org

Twitter: @NHSE_Geoff

Paul Taylor-Pitt, Assistant Director - Organisational Development

Headshot of Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor created and leads Do OD, the first national Organisational Development resource for the NHS. Paul joined NHS Employers in April 2013 following 10 years of successful OD, HR & Workforce roles in the NHS. Prior to this, Paul’s career spanned a range of diverse organisations across Local Authorities, the Voluntary and Private sectors including Islington Social Services, Albany Prison, Thurrock Social Services, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Select Appointments. Paul has a BSc in Psychology and a Masters in HR Leadership. He is a member of CIPD and the European Organisational Development Network. He lives in London with his husband and their cat.

Programme leads

Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Paul Deemer

Paul ensures that equality and diversity are integrated into the wider work of NHS Employers and leads on our programmes to help NHS organisations embed equality, diversity and human rights in their work. This includes providing guidance and updates on legislation, representing the combined views of NHS trusts, and sharing knowledge and good practice. Paul also develops and maintains links with national equality commissions, the higher education sector and trade unions. 

Prior to taking up this role Paul worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. It was whilst working for the charity Barnardo’s that he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager. He then got the opportunity to utilise his experience and knowledge gained in this role when he was seconded into the Department of Health’s equality and diversity team in 2000 to help them develop their national strategy in this area. 

Contact Paul at paul.deemer@nhsemployers.org  

Twitter: @NHSE_Paul 

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