Our workforce policy board

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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. 

Clare Panniker
Debbie Herring
Vice Chair of the Policy Board
Clare Panniker

Chair of the Policy Board

Joint Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Debbie - Herring

Vice Chair of the Policy Board

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

Position currently vacant

Alastair Henderson  Charles Ashton


Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Charles Ashton

Medical Director, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

 Darren Kilroy  Joe Harrison Kath Griffin 

Darren Kilroy

Medical Director, Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust

Joe Harrison

Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kath Griffin

Director of HR and OD, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Ken Wenman
Kerry Gulliver
Marie Gabriel

Ken Wenman

Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Kerry gulliver

Director of HR and OD, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust


Chair, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Mark Cubbon
Martin Shaw Mary Foulkes

Mark Cubbon

Chief Executive, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Martin Shaw

Chief Financial Officer, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Foulkes

Director of HR and OD, South London and Maudsley & South West London and St Georges NHS Trust

Matthew Winn Melanie Coombes
Nick Hulme

Matthew Winn

Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Mel Coombes

Director of Nursing, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust         

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Chief Executive, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Cracknell Paul Stanton Russell Hills 

Paul Cracknell

Director of Strategy and Transformation, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Paul Stanton

Director of People, Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth

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Clinical Chair, Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Samantha Allen
Sharon Bridgland-Gough
Sheena Cumiskey

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Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sharon Bridgland Gough

Chief People Officer, Nuffield Health            

Sheena Cumiskey

Chief Executive, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Siobhan Harrington
Siobhan Melia Sue Hill

Siobhan Harrington

Chief Executive, Whittington Health NHS Trust

Siobhan Melia

Chief Executive, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust 

Prof Sue Hill

Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Susan Acott
Susan Aitkenhead 
Suzanne Rastrick

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Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust 

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Director of Nursing, Professional Development, NHS England and NHS Improvement         

Suzanne Rastrick

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Nurse Director (representing AUKUH) Mental Health Trust Chief Executive
CCG Chief/Accountable Officer


Position currently vacant


Position currently vacant


Position currently vacant

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