Our policy board

The policy board advises on NHS Employers' strategic priorities, provides guidance on how we deliver our programmes and informs our evidence to the pay review bodies and consultation responses. 

Members engage with key stakeholders, such as senior representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care and the arm's length bodies, on the implications for the workforce of existing and emerging national policy. Members also champion specific workforce areas, bringing an expert perspective from their organisation and networks. 


Chair of the Policy Board
Vice Chair of the Policy Board
Vice Chair of the Policy Board

Andrew - Cash

Sir Andrew Cash          

Chief Executive, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System

Debbie - Herring         

Debbie Herring

Director of Workforce, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust


Position currently vacant

Mental Health Trust, HR Director
Mental Health Trust, Nurse Director Community Trust, HR Director

Tracy Hill

Tracy Hill

Director of Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mel Coombes           

Melanie Coombes

Director of Nursing, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust   

Paul Cracknell

Paul Cracknell

HR Director, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH), Nurse Director
Chair/Non-Executive Director Acute Trust, HR Director
Shelley Dolan       

Shelley Dolan

Chief Nurse/Chief Operating Officer, King's College Hospital Foundation Trust


Marie Gabriel

Trust Chair, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Kath Griffin

Kath Griffin

Director of Human Resources, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Director
NHS Clinical Commissioners, Chief/Accountable Officer
NHS Clinical Commissioners, Clinical Lead

Charles Ashton

Charles Ashton

Medical Director, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Maddy Ruff

Maddy Ruff

Accountable Officer, Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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Russell Hills

Clinical Chair, Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Independent Healthcare Providers Network HR Director
Independent Healthcare Providers Network HR Director

Chief Executive member

Paul Stanton

Paul Stanton          

Director of HR and Organisational Development, The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth

Sharon Bridgland Gough 

Sharon Bridgland-Gough

Chief People Officer, Nuffield Health

Siobhan Melia

Siobhan Melia

Chief Executive, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England AHP NHS England, Scientific Officer
NHS England, Nurse Director

Suzanne Rastrick

Suzanne Rastrick

Chief Allied Health Professions 
Officer, NHS England

Prof Sue Hill

Sue Hill 

Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

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Susan Aitkenhead

Director of Nursing - Professional Development, NHS England

Academy of Medical Royal

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Consultant contract


Alastair Henderson

Chief Officer, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

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Susan Acott

Chief Executive, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust 

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Nick Hulme

Chief Executive, the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Staff experience NHS Providers representative  Speciality and associate specialist (SAS) doctors

Sheena Cumiskey         

Sheena Cumiskey

Chief Executive, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Joe Harrison

Joe Harrison

Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pete Miller

Dr Peter Miller

Chief Executive, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Staff Retention/Women in leadership Social Partnership Agenda for Change

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Samantha Allen

Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Matthew Winn

Matthew Winn

Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Clare Panniker

Clare Panniker

Chief Executive, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ambulance Trust Chief Executive  Ambulance Trust HR Director Acute Trust Chief Executive

 Ken Wenman

Ken Wenman

Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 Kerry gulliver

Kerry Gulliver

Director of HR and Organisational Development, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

 Siobhan Harrington

Siobhan Harrington

Chief Executive, Whittington Health NHS Trust

 Healthcare Financial Management Association, Finance Director    





Position currently vacant





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