Who's who

Chief Executive, Danny Mortimer

Danny Mortimer has been chief executive of NHS Employers since November 2014. NHS Employers is the voice of employers across the English NHS, and leads work relating to workforce policy and practice. He also serves as deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, of which NHS Employers is part.

Danny first worked in healthcare as a porter and a CSV care assistant before becoming a management trainee in Stoke-on-Trent. He worked in the NHS in Bath and Brighton before taking up his first director post in West Sussex. He then worked in Executive roles in hospitals in Hertfordshire and Nottingham before joining NHS Employers.

Danny is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion and the NHS Retirement Fellowship, and chairs the Cavendish Coalition of social care and health organisations.

 
Twitter: @NHSE_Danny

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

Sue Covill, Director of Development and Employment

Sue Covill

As director of development and employment at NHS Employers, Sue supports the work of her team incorporating workforce development and assurance, staff experience, and organisational development. Sue is also a key representative with networks and stakeholders, driving forward NHS Employers’ programmes of work across the UK. Sue brings great experience to the organisation from her previous role as director of human resources at trusts in the north of England including South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she supported the organisation through a period of significant change and achievement. Sue is a member of both the CIPD and the IHM. She has an MA with distinction in Leading Innovation and Change and is a qualified coach.

Contact Sue at sue.covill@nhsemployers.org  

Rebecca Smith, Director of Engagement

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith joined NHS Employers in April 2013 as head of engagement for the North of England, before becoming assistant director for the national engagement service in June 2014.

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, ensures that there is greater alignment across and between regional and national work streams and forums. 

Rebecca has worked at HR director level in a range of organisations including a local authority, NHS acute and community trusts and mental health organisations. Her most recent experience was within Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) where she was a cluster HR programme director for the North of England. Rebecca has a Masters in HR management and is a member of the CIPD.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.smith@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

Ruth Warden, Assistant Director, Development and Employment

Ruth Warden

Ruth has responsibility for a number of key workstreams, including:

  • health and wellbeing, specifically working in partnership with employers and staff side in the ambulance service
  • supporting employers to implement apprentice policy
  • working nationally to provide the employer perspective in changes to the nursing workforce, including new routes into nursing, new roles and skill mix and supporting employers to maximise the employment opportunities provided by these changes
  • health care worker flu vaccination campaign
  • agency reduction and flexible working 
  • widening participation into the workforce.

Ruth is a qualified coach and an experienced team facilitator and developer with over 20 years' experience in both the private and public sector. She has an MSc in Health and Social Services Management.

Ruth started her career in the private sector designing training solutions for ASDA. She moved into the NHS in 1992 and had a variety of roles ranging from training and development, workforce modernisation, workforce planning and workforce information management. Following a short time at Yorkshire and Humber SHA working in the Public Health department supporting the development of the Public Health Workforce, Ruth moved to the NHS Employers organisation in July 2010 to take up her current role. Ruth is married with 2 children and lives just outside Leeds.

Contact Ruth at ruth.warden@nhsemployers.org

Twitter: @NHSE_Ruth

Caroline Waterfield, Assistant Director, Employment Services

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 

Twitter: @NHSE_Caroline

Paul Taylor-Pitt, Assistant Director - Organisational Development

Headshot of Paul Taylor

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

Paul Deemer, Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

Paul Deemer


Paul and his team support employers to integrate diversity and inclusion into their organisational development and workforce strategies. The main vehicles for this are the Partners and Partners Alumni programmes – which are quality improvement, peer support networks involving health and social care organisations committed to developing their capability and competence in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The team also focus on sharing good and best practice and changes in legislation and policy. One of the key activities related to this is the annual NHS Equality Week – held in May each year – which often includes webinars, tweetchats and regional events celebrating the diversity of the health and social care workforce and the benefits that this brings.

Paul and his team also develop and maintain links with national equality bodies, representatives from the wider public sector and trade unions.

Prior to taking up this role Paul worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service – with particular experience in the fields of recruitment, employee relations, employment law and diversity. It was whilst working for the charity Barnardo’s that he took on the role of national equality and diversity manager. He then got the opportunity to utilise his experience and knowledge gained in this role when he was seconded into the Department of Health’s equality and diversity team in 2000 to help them develop their national strategy in this area.

Contact Paul at paul.deemer@nhsemployers.org  

Twitter: @NHSE_Paul 

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