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Rebecca Smith, Managing Director

Rebecca Smith  

Rebecca Smith joined NHS Employers in April 2013 and was appointed director for the national engagement service in April 2016. Rebecca is the interim managing director while Danny Mortimer is the interim chief executive for the NHS Confederation.

In her substantive role 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, she ensures that there is greater alignment across regional and national work streams and forums.

Rebecca has worked at HR director level and has experience in a range of organisations including a local authority, NHS acute and community trusts and mental health organisations and within Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs). Rebecca has a Masters in HR management and is a member of the CIPD.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.smith@nhsemployers.org

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

Caroline Waterfield, Director of Development and Employment

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  

Andrea Hester, Deputy 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

Paul Taylor-Pitt, Assistant Director, Organisational Development

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Paul Taylor-Pitt created Do OD, the expert Organisational Development resource for the NHS that helps OD professionals to connect, share, learn and grow. Do OD is a vibrant and thriving community that is advancing the practice of OD, enabling people to transform systems. Do OD is delivered by NHS Employers in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy.

Paul joined NHS Employers in 2013 following a decade of successful roles in the NHS where he specialised in organisational development. Paul's career covers the NHS, social services and the voluntary sector in a range of workforce development, L&D and HR roles. Paul has a Degree in Psychology, a Masters in HR Leadership and is working on a Doctorate in organisational development. He is an associate member of CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Twitter: @NHSE_PaulT


Michelle Wayt, Assistant Director

Michelle Wayt

Michelle has worked as a Human Resource Professional within the public sector for nearly 30 years.  Most of her work has been within the NHS, but she has also worked in education and the Civil Service. She has been CIPD accreditation since 1993 and recently became a Fellow and passed a Masters in Senior Healthcare Leadership with the University of Birmingham/NHS Leadership Academy.

In the past she has been involved in delivering several projects including transferring staff and nurse students from the NHS into the university sector as part of Project 2k and working on a national initiative to implement Urban Search and Rescue Paramedics following the 2007 London terrorist attacks.

Since commencing at NHS Employers, she has supported work on the 2018 pay deal and more recently being involved in the shape and education of the NHS workforce including delivering projects for HEE and Department for Education.

Jennifer Gardner, Assistant Director

Jen Gardner

As an assistant director, Jennifer leads the work of the development and employment team specifically on staff experience, including the wellbeing of the workforce, staff engagement, retention and promoting cultures of civility and respect. Jennifer is a key representative with networks and stakeholders, driving forward NHS Employers’ programmes of work across the UK.

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience and expertise in tackling workforce issues to NHS Employers, having worked for the NHS throughout her career where she specialised in human resources, staff wellbeing and reducing sickness absence. This work was recognised nationally and received a number of awards. 

Jennifer is a coach and chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 




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