Non-urgent advice: Clare Price-Dowd
Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning
07810 182 159
As the Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning for the Midlands, my role is to lead the strategy and work of the Midlands team to ensure we have development support and interventions that meet the leadership needs of the region.
Working closely with the National team, I am responsible for shaping how national strategy is delivered in a way that is right for the Midlands and listening to the needs of our stakeholders so we remain responsive and current.
I am passionate about supporting people to achieve their potential and am really excited to have joined a team with a great track record of delivering excellent leadership development over many years. Whilst I’m new to this team, I’ve been part of the National Leadership Academy from the beginning and have worked in the NHS in the Midlands over a number of years.
Non-urgent advice: Rachel Blunt
Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager
07823 665 085
Rachel is a highly experienced HR Generalist, OD Practitioner, Executive Coach and facilitator with significant experience in the areas of organisational and system leadership development. Rachel has a Degree in Psychology and a Masters in HR and OD, specialising in change management and transformation. Rachel is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and has spent the last 12 years within senior roles in the NHS and previously has over 20 years of management and business experience in the private sector. Rachel is also an accredited, action learning and Virtual ALS set facilitator and is trained in several psychometric assessments tools which include the 360 Healthcare Leadership model, DISC and emotional intelligence profiling.
Rachel is a people centred individual, passionate about engagement and an effective communicator. She holds a strong values base, centred on providing the best possible standards of inclusive care for our health populations through the support and development of our workforce and prides herself on maximising the potential of the people she works with.
Non-urgent advice: Phillip Masuwa
Primary Care Programme Senior Manager
07900 715 341
I am a part qualified accountant with an undergraduate degree in Economics and a postgraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Kingston. My career history is accredited to analytical skills in tackling complex problems, finding innovative solutions and generating high-performing services. I have work experience spanning over 10 years across the private and public sector where I have led in various strategic programmes across finance and policy.
Since 2016, I have influenced many local, regional and national decisions across the NHS. Today, I serve as the Primary Care Lead for the Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning team in NHS England and NHS Improvement. My objective at work is to ensure that NHS staff feel empowered to provide patients with the best possible care.
I strive to ensure that patients are being looked after by a diverse and inclusive NHS workforce. As BME Executive Committee Member, I am passionate about increasing BME representation at board level. I have therefore dedicated my time to help nurture the careers of next generation NHS leaders whilst providing professional development training for them at work. Outside of work hours, I mentor and coach young people in the local community. I also support recent graduates by offering career guidance and helping them to achieve their work-related goals.
Non-urgent advice: Gary Gooden
GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager
As GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager, I work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service supporting managers and staff across the regional team and in liaison with the national team and other regions.
I lead the local GMTS team to ensure that the programme and workstreams are planned and carried out effectively and I am responsible for identifying, securing and quality assuring placements for NHS Graduate Trainees in the health and social care sectors.
I am committed to leadership and the development of people to be the best they can be and it’s great to be part of a team that is committed to improving patient care and staff experience through the development of exceptional and inclusive leadership.
I am value’s driven and I have a wealth of experience and knowledge with a set of unique skills from my time on GMTS, NHS HR investigations, GMB Regional Projects and serving Police Officer and I am a strong advocate of the dynamics of modern value led leadership.
My passion is diversity and equalities and most of my working life I have put myself front and centre in the leadership of these issues.
Non-urgent advice: Lizzy Stillibrand
Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager
07823 668 973
I am currently on secondment, covering Rachel as the Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager. I was the GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager within the team and prior to that worked at East Midlands Leadership Academy as the strategic lead for a number of workstreams, including Inclusion, Primary Care and Coaching, as well as OD consultancy and facilitation. I joined the NHS in 2009 and completed the General Management stream of the GMTS, working in general management roles in the acute sector before joining EMLA.
Outside of work I’m usually cooking or eating!! In an effort to broaden my horizons somewhat I started fencing épée a few years ago, I am now on the committee at my local club as well as being a trained beginner coach. More recently I have done some voluntary work with the charity Widowed and Young (WAY) who have been a great support mechanism for me in my personal life.
Non-urgent advice: Karen Carter
Leadership Development Senior Manager
07754 859 158
As Leadership Development Senior Manager my role provides the exciting challenge of overseeing the design, development, and delivery of our portfolio of work in supporting leaders and managers at all levels across the Midlands. I have come to the role from a life-long career in adult learning, leadership and organisational development spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Bringing varied experience as a people development professional, I have undertaken a variety of roles including facilitation, coaching, research, publishing, and consultancy, working with individuals, teams, and organisations to achieve their improvement goals.
Having most recently worked in a leadership development capacity on a national scale at Skills for Care and previously at Skills for Justice, I am passionate about leadership as the ‘X’ factor in achieving high quality person-centred care and social justice across the care systems and communities we serve.
Non-urgent advice: Yvonne Brown
Business and Performance Manager
07823 665 087
I joined the NHS at the East Midlands Leadership Academy in 2014 having come from a 20 year background in the private sector. I have a background in finance, business management and operation, project and office management and event management. I enjoy the challenging and ever changing environment of the NHS and look forward to working with the new Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning team team to build on my existing skills, work within a fast paced environment and give something back to the NHS. Away from work I enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling; I also enjoy scuba diving and line dancing – but not both at the same time!
Non-urgent advice: Naomi Roots
Leadership Development Manager
07712 544 708
I am new to the role of Leadership Development Manager, having had a variety of stops in my career including Art Student, Homelessness officer, Estates Project officer and even a stint in hairdressing. My cumulative experiences have all been driven by a passion to help people and improve their lives in some way and I’m sure that I will get to really use this in the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team where we are all about making the NHS somewhere people really enjoy working, that works around their lives and results in better care for patients. Outside of work I love weightlifting and performing aerial hoop and silks as well as illustration and baking.
Non-urgent advice: Bobbie Petford
GMTS Trainee Support Manager
07747 008 304
As a Trainee Support Manager for the Graduate Management Training Scheme, I am based with the national GMTS team and support trainees in the Midlands. I started work in the NHS in 1983. My clinical background is in primary care mental health and psychological therapies services where I worked as a therapist, manager and senior lecturer/programme lead before moving into organisational and leadership development. I am an advocate of lifelong learning and inclusive practice. In my spare time I enjoy being an audience to visual and performing arts.
Non-urgent advice: Dawn Simmonds
Leadership Development Coordinator
07519 615 280
I joined the NHS in 2002 firstly working in a Trust then moving to the then Strategic Heath Authority. Over the years I’ve worked in several teams then joined the Leadership Team in 2012 as a Programme Support Co-ordinator before obtaining the position of Business Manager in 2013. My new venture is as the Leadership Development Co-ordinator, where I hope to help NHS staff to develop and reach their highest potential by offering current and beneficial learning and programmes. On a personal level I am an avid Aston Villa supporter, and I volunteer for a local Animal Sanctuary rescuing and rehoming mainly cats and kittens.
Non-urgent advice: Becky Williamson
Leadership Development Coordinator
07823 668 917
I have just returned from maternity leave and I am a Leadership Development Coordinator focusing on Primary Care and Systems. I am an Action Learning Set Facilitator, qualified Coach and am experienced in programme delivery. Commissioning leadership interventions and relationship management are a large part of my role. I have a clinical background having qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. I was awarded the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholar 2012 which provided the fantastic opportunity to research the role of Occupational Therapy in early rehabilitation at Major Trauma Centres of America. I have presented at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Conference 2013 and 2014 and the World Occupational Therapy Congress 2014 in Japan to share my personal development and leadership journey. I have found that my Occupational Therapy skills of working alongside people to enable them to achieve their goals has translated well into the world of leadership, lifelong learning and people development.
Non-urgent advice: Wendy Walker
Positive Actions Programmes Inclusion Coordinator
07786 702 732
I have been with the NHS since 2003 with an improvement background in a variety of business, administrative and training roles. During this time, I have covered areas such as event management, finance, programme and project management and support, estates, HR, marketing and supervision, along with training of administrative staff.
Prior to this, along with other administrative roles, I have worked on a cruise ship as a programme co-ordinator visiting over 46 countries and have trained and worked as a volunteer counsellor for a national charity.
I now join the Midlands Leadership and Lifelong Learning team as a Positive Action Inclusion Co-ordinator.
Non-urgent advice: Andrew Spears
GMTS Leadership Development Coordinator
07519 615 272
I am the Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS) Leadership Development Coordinator for the Midlands region. I came into post in September 2020 and have worked in Leadership in the NHS since 2013. I am looking forward to embracing the new challenge of working on such a renowned and highly regarded graduate training scheme and building new relationships across our region.
Prior to my current role I was part of the West Midlands Leadership Academy where I provided PA support to the Director and supported several workstreams, giving me a wealth of experience in administration, project management and stakeholder engagement. I have worked for the NHS since December 2013 and have spent most of my working life in the public sector, which I continue to find rewarding and purposeful.
I have a two year old daughter and much of my time is spent chasing her around, and keeping her (and myself) out of trouble. I am a graduate of the Warwick University MA writing programme and I continue to pursue this in my spare time and am currently working on a novel. I also enjoy reading, music and travel.
Non-urgent advice: Sumiya Khanam – currently on maternity leave
Leadership Development Administrator
Straight after college I started my apprenticeship in the West Midlands Leadership Academy as a Level 3 Business Admin apprentice in 2015, then secured a permanent position in the team whilst completing my apprenticeship and I have been with the team ever since through the changes over the years.
Colleagues who know me well will know that I really enjoy cleaning and organising as I find it very therapeutic. In my spare time I like to spend most of my time with my family and friends, online shopping, watching vlogs, documentaries and reality shows.
Non-urgent advice: Abbie Conran
Business Support Administrator
07523 944 810
I am new to the role of Business Support Administrator but I have had previous NHS experience in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and I have also worked alongside the NHS in my last role in the charity the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. At the charity we worked hard to fill the gaps in support for young people and families with children suffering from liver disease and therefore I am passionate about helping people and improving services.
Outside of work you will find me typing away through my current novel, reading, spending time with family and friends or asleep.
Non-urgent advice: Kaye Purkis
Leadership Development Coordinator
07596 886 570
Starting in the Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team in mid October 2020, I bring to the team a variety of transferable skills and experience. For the last 10 years I’ve worked within the NHS. Firstly, in the community as a Development Worker and more recently as a Care Coordinator and then Manager within General Practice. Prior to this I was employed in the private sector managing corporate events. I have gained a number of qualifications over the years such as a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling, NVQ in Information, Advice and Guidance and I’m currently completing a Human Resources Management (Level 5) CIPD course online in my spare time.
On a personal level, I love exploring new places within this country and abroad, appreciating the tranquillity of rural locations as well as the buzz of a vibrant bustling city. Getting lost in a good book and last but by no means least – spending time with my immediate and extended family.
Non-urgent advice: Fadeke Faluyi
Leadership Development Administrator
I am new to the role of Leadership Development Administrator. I am somebody who is motivated by organisational and individual improvement within the NHS. Having a positive outlook to everything and staying positive is my mantra as I believe it will always be okay in the end. I look forward to accepting and embracing new challenges within the job role.
Outside of my role I am a social media fanatic, I run my own TED Talk and advice blog which is to help people’s mental health during these tough times in the pandemic and to encourage others to spread the same positivity.