Meet our directors
Danny MortimerChief Executive
Danny has been chief executive of NHS Employers since November 2014, leading work relating to workforce policy and practice.
Rebecca SmithDirector of System and Social Partnership
Rebecca joined NHS Employers in 2013. She was director for the national engagement service and is now director of system and social partnership.
Paul WallaceDirector of Employment Relations and Reward
Paul joined NHS Employers in May 2015. His previous role was group head of reward in the Ministry of Justice.
Caroline WaterfieldDirector of Development and Employment
Caroline has responsibility for work delivering work on areas including supply, safe and values driven recruitment, raising concerns and regulation.
Hazel WytonDirector of Engagement
Hazel is the director of engagement. She joined NHS Employers in February 2022 after working at board level in the NHS.
Daniel ReynoldsDirector of Communications and Membership Operations
A former journalist and now communications director with over 20 years’ experience of working in high-profile national organisations.
Andrea HesterDeputy Director of Employment Relations and Reward
Andrea leads NHS Employers' work on the NHS Pension Scheme reform programme and the total reward strategy for the NHS.
Michelle WaytAssistant Director, Development and Employment
Michelle has worked as a human resources professional within the public sector for nearly 30 years.
Jennifer GardnerAssistant Director, Development and Employment
Jennifer leads the work of the development and employment team specifically on staff experience.
Karen BarnardAssistant Director, Employment Relations
Karen joined NHS Employers in March 2022 as assistant director in the employment relations team.
Gordon BensonAssistant Director – Medical Pay and Workforce
Gordon leads our programmes on medical pay and workforce, overseeing our work with national medical pay and terms and conditions.
Liz GambrellDeputy Director of Engagement – Lead for South of England
Liz leads engagement with workforce leaders and trade union colleagues in the South of England.
Gayna DeakinAssistant Director of Engagement (London)
Gayna is the engagement lead for the London region (previously in the Midlands and East). She joined NHS Employers nearly five years ago.
Helen NicholsonAssistant Director of Engagement, Midlands and East of England
Helen is the engagement lead for the Midlands and East of England. She joined NHS Employers in January 2022 after a 35-year career in the NHS.