Danny Mortimer begins as NHS Employers chief executive

Danny Mortimer

17 / 11 / 2014 10.12am

Danny Mortimer today (17 November) began work as the new Chief Executive of NHS Employers, bringing extensive skills and huge commitment to this influential role.
Mr Mortimer said:
“I am delighted to join NHS Employers. I have worked in the NHS for 25 years and I’ve seen how NHS Employers and the wider NHS Confederation supports leaders and the workforce in the NHS.
“My ambition was not just to get this job but to do the job well. This means working in partnership with employers and trades unions on challenges such as a fair and affordable pay settlement, consistency of 24/7 services, and the need to support staff in reporting concerns. I also look forward to showcasing the exciting and leading edge HR work colleagues in the NHS are carrying out and sharing this with others.
“The NHS will continue improving the way it works, from important day-to-day behaviours in the workplace through to long-term reconfiguring of services. These changes will only be sustainable and safe if there is strong engagement between staff, managers and the public – so this will be a major focus for me and for NHS Employers.
“It is essential that employers have a strong voice in the health service. Every part of the country is different, every patient is different, and every local health organisation and system has experience and knowledge that must be heard. My pledge is to do all I can to help those organisations and their staff to deliver safe, high quality care to the communities they serve.
“I started life in the NHS as a porter and then a care assistant. My wife is a nurse, as was my mother. I understand the rewards and challenges of working in the NHS. Pressure on the health service will continue, of course, but it’s clear to me that the relationship between NHS organisations and their workforces can keep improving. Honesty and teamwork will be key in achieving that.”
Mr Mortimer was Executive Director of Workforce and Strategy at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which he joined in 2007, and which is one of the largest healthcare providers in England. He joins NHS Employers as the next phase in a career that spans 25 years in the health service, including time as a porter and care assistant before joining the NHS regional training programme in the West Midlands. He has worked across the health service and his career has taken him throughout England.
Rob Webster, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation (of which NHS Employers is a part) said:
“Danny is an outstanding leader who exemplifies the values we need in the modern NHS. He comes to us at a time when we need our workforce to develop and change. Workforce issues are at the top of every CEO agenda in the country and his leadership of NHS Employers will be a significant asset to every one of our members.”
Mr Mortimer succeeds Dean Royles, who left his role as Chief Executive of NHS Employers in September. Mr Royles is now Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which employs over 15,000 staff and has an annual turnover of more than £1billion.
Further information on Danny Mortimer:
Danny Mortimer has a degree in politics from York University and worked as a porter in Birmingham, and CSV care assistant in Burnley before becoming a regional trainee in Stoke-on-Trent.
His previous roles have included Personnel Manager at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and Deputy Director of Personnel at Brighton Health Care. His first director post was a joint role for Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and Western Sussex PCT.
He subsequently became Director of HR and Organisational Development at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. He joined Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust as Executive Director of HR in 2007, and he became its Executive Director of Workforce and Strategy in 2009.  Nottingham employs 14,000 people and has an annual turnover of over £850million.

Danny is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has been a member of the NHS Employers Policy Board since 2006; he served as its vice chair from 2008 to 2013.

Notes for editors:

  • High resolution images of Mr Mortimer are available upon request.
  • The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
  • Follow NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers

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