Health and wellbeing summit - attendees


30 / 5 / 2013 2.54pm

Dr Dan Poulter MP, health minister

Dr Dan Poulter is an NHS hospital doctor who was elected MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in May 2010. In September 2012 he joined the Government as a health minister with responsibilities including maternity, children's health, veterans health, NHS procurement, and the NHS workforce.

Dr Poulter likes to give of his free time to charity, and still works as an NHS hospital doctor (without renumeration) on a part time basis. He is a strong supporter of Help for Heroes, and helps raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. He has previously helped to set up medical and lifestyle advice clinics for the homeless and people with alcohol and drug misuse problems.

When time permits, he remains a keen rugby player, cricketer, and golfer, and until recently played on a social basis for Guys Hospital Rugby Club.

“There is clear evidence that healthy staff provide better care for patients. Effective programmes in the workplace and a supportive culture among colleagues help individuals make small steps, like reducing alcohol or smoking, which can make a huge difference in the long run for both staff and patients."

Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE, chief executive - NHS England 

Sir David Nicholson was appointed Chief Executive of NHS England, formerly known as the NHS Commissioning Board, in October 2011.

Up until April 2013, when NHS England took on its full powers, Sir David was also Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, a role he had held since September 2006. Sir David’s career in the NHS spans over 30 years.

He started in the service as a management trainee, having graduated from the University of the West of England. He has held senior leadership positions in acute and mental health services, and at four regional health authorities.

He was awarded the CBE in 2004 and was knighted in 2010, both for his services to the NHS.

Dean Royles, chief executive - NHS Employers 

Dean Royles was appointed as chief executive for NHS Employers in December 2010. 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.
Dean was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service following its creation in 1999. He has also worked at an acute hospital and in a community and mental health trust having started his HR career in industrial relations in a local authority.

Dean has an MSc in Human Resources. He is a member of Sheffield Business School's Advisory Board and also a visiting fellow at Newcastle Business School, chair of the board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a chartered fellow for the same organisation.

In 2011 Dean became the first male business champion against domestic violence and a national ambassador for the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network. He is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals, on the editorial board of HRMJ and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted HR's Most Influential Practitioner in 2012. Dean is married with four children and lives in Sheffield.

“The new NHS system needs to find innovative ways to lead as the new national organisations take up their roles. I'm delighted that the first time they have come together is to highlight the importance of staff health and wellbeing to patient care and to commit to doing all they can to support staff. It's a great way to kick off a new approach to joint system leadership. We know investing in staff health is investing in patients.”

Prof Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on work and health - Department of Health 

As Expert Adviser to the Department of Health, Dame Carol plays a major ambassadorial role, building and promoting the public and policy position on the positive relationship between work and health. She is Chair of the Health at Work network, part of the UK Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal, set up to engage commercial, public and third sector organisations in improving public health.

Previously she was the first National Director for Health and Work (2006 – 2011), a role created to provide independent leadership to a cross-Government health, work and well-being agenda. As National Director she led an independent review of the health of Britain’s working age population, Working for a healthier tomorrow (2008), which was accepted by Government with broad cross-party support.
Before taking on these roles she had been President of the Royal College of Physicians (2002-2006), Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2006-2009); Medical Director at the Royal Free Hospital, London (2000 – 2002).

Dame Carol was a consultant rheumatologist at West Middlesex University Hospital (1981-1989) and at the Royal Free Hospital (1989-1994) before appointment as Professor of Rheumatology and the Royal Free and University College Medical School. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital, London is internationally renowned in the field of connective tissue disease.

Since the early 1990s, she has worked at board level in a number of organisations, including the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead NHS Trust, the Health Foundation, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Imperial College Healthcare Charity. From 2006-2009 she chaired the U.K. Health Honours Committee.

"As the Francis Inquiry has shown and this summit affirmed, the wellbeing of NHS staff and true engagement are vital
conditions for ensuring safe, compassionate care of patients." 

David Behan CBE, chief executive - Care Quality Commission 

David began his post as Chief Executive in July 2012.

David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and, in 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University

He was previously the Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health, the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, and the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

Between 1996 to 2003, he was Director of Social Services at London Borough of Greenwich and a member of the Greenwich Primary Care Trust Board and the Professional Executive Committee.   

Dr David Bennett, chief executive - Monitor 

David was appointed to Monitor's Board by the Secretary of State for Health with effect from 1 March 2011. On 1 November 2012 Monitor’s Board appointed David to the permanent post of chief executive. David will remain in his role as chair, pending a new appointment by the
Secretary of State for Health. David has worked for some years in and around the public sector.

Before joining Monitor he was the non-political Chief Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Head of the Policy Directorate and the Strategy Unit in 10 Downing Street. He has also worked as an independent advisor to various NHS bodies.

Before this, David was a senior partner at McKinsey & Co. In his 18 years with the firm he served a wide range of companies in most industry sectors, but with a particular focus on regulated, technology-intensive industries.

Prof Ian Cumming, chief executive - Health Education England 

Ian Cumming is Health Education England’s first Chief Executive.
Ian started his career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist and later worked in research into coagulation disorders in the Haemophilia Centre in Manchester, England before moving into general management in the late 1980s.

Ian has held a variety of NHS senior management posts, including Operating Theatre Manager at a large teaching hospital and Assistant Chief Executive to the former North West Regional Health Authority, before spending the last 16 years in CEO roles in the NHS. When Ian was first appointed as CEO in 1995, he was the youngest ever Chief Executive in the NHS.

In 2006 after almost 12 years as the CEO of a group of teaching hospitals, Ian was appointed CEO of NHS North Lancashire, a NHS commissioning body.

From 2009 until 2011, Ian was CEO of NHS West Midlands – one of ten regional Strategic Health Authorities for the NHS in England. On taking up this role Ian also became a member of the national Management Board for the NHS in England. NHS West Midlands looked after the health needs of a population of approximately 5.5million and expended almost £10bn per annum.

Ian was previously the National Director of Quality during Transition for the NHS in England.

Mike Farrar CBE, chief executive - NHS Confederation 

Mike Farrar is the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. He joined the organisation in May 2011.

Mike was chief executive of the North West England SHA from May 2006 to April 2011. He was previously chief executive of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authorities, chief executive of Tees Valley Health Authority and head of primary care at the Department of Health. During his time at the Department of Health, he was responsible for establishing primary care groups, primary care trusts and Personal Medical Services (PMS). 

Mike chaired the Strategic Health Authority Chief Executive's Group from 2002 to 2009. He chaired the NHS Confederation GP Contract negotiating team that successfully negotiated the new General Medical Service contract. He also worked as the national programme director of NHS Live. He previously chaired the Office for Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board.

Mike is also a board member of Sport England, where he has also acted as interim chair, and in August 2009 was appointed as National Tsar for Sport and Health. Mike was also awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the NHS and is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire.

"This was a wonderful collective commitment to support our workforce. If all of us deliver on our pledge then not only will staff get a better deal but also the patients and the public."

David Flory, chief executive - NHS Trust Development Authority 

David Flory CBE is the Chief Executive of the NHS TDA which came into being in June 2012 with the purpose of delivering the Department of Health’s Foundation Trust pipeline objective.

The NHS TDA took on its full range of powers and responsibilities in April 2013.

He joined DH in 2007 as Director General for the NHS Finance, Performance and Operations and had previously spent time there as Interim Director of Financial Recovery in 2006.

David has over 20 years board level experience in NHS bodies in the North East of England in Director of Finance and Chief Executive roles including being the first Chief Executive of NHS North East.

Charlie Massey, director-general, external relations - Department of Health

Charlie Massey was appointed Director General, External Relations in 2012. Prior to his appointment Charlie was Account Director for Ageing Society and State Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Before that Charlie worked in a variety of roles across government, including:

  • leading reviews on childcare and drugs in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
  • leading work on Royal Mail and the future of the Post Office network at HM Treasury
  • working on pension protection at the Department for Work and Pensions

In his spare time Charlie is deputy Chair of a charity, Action on Disability and Development. He also chairs a local housing charity, the Walnut Tree Trust. He is married with 3 children. 

Duncan Selbie, chief executive - Public Health England 

Duncan Selbie has worked in the NHS since January 1980. He commenced as Chief Executive of Public Health England on 1 July 2012.

From 2007 to 2012 he was Chief Executive at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. From 2003 to 2007 at the Department of Health he was the Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and then subsequently the first Director General of Commissioning.

Prior to this he held Chief Executive roles at the South East London Strategic Health Authority and the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Jan Sobieraj, managing director - NHS Leadership Academy 

Jan Sobieraj was appointed Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy shortly after its launch in April 2012.

Jan is an Honorary Professor of De Montfort University, a visiting Senior Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, trustee of the London Leadership Centre and a Governor of the Health Foundation.

Over the last 30 years of his management career, Jan has been passionate about working in partnership with leaders, staff, patients and trade unions to improve healthcare. 

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