North engagement team

Find out about the work of the North engagement team.

6 July 2023


The engagement service for the north covers the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions of England.

The team's purpose is to be the recognised voice of the HR community in the north, and to support workforce leaders to deliver better HR solutions and improve patient experience.

HR director networks

There are three HR director networks in this region, and we encourage all HR and workforce leaders in the NHS to attend our regular meetings in order to share best practice and tackle strategic workforce issues affecting employers.

North East North Cumbria HR Directors Network – co-chaired by Karen O'Brien, director of people and development, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Lynne Shaw, executive director of workforce and OD, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

North West HR Directors Network – co-chaired by Alison Balson, chief people officer, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Neil Pease, chief people officer, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Yorkshire and Humberside HR Directors Network – co-chaired by Simon Nearney, group chief people officer,  NHS Humber Health Partnership and Joanne Harrison, Director of people and organisational development, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

For more information on these networks email

Partnership working

We also facilitate partnership working via regional Social Partnership Forums (SPF) in the north sub regions. These forums are a platform for management and staff side representatives to discuss and debate strategic issues affecting the NHS workforce. For more details visit the Social Partnership Forum website.