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Non-urgent advice: Lyndsay Bunting – Head of Talent
I have a strong passion for putting patients at the centre of talent management and bring my clinical background and a wealth of NHS leadership expertise to my role as Head of talent for the Midlands. I have considerable experience in change management, service improvement, talent management and deployment, as well as system collaboration and partnership. I have skills in strategic education design and delivery as well as an enthusiasm for embedding inclusion and lived experience into my practice to enable a whole system cultural shift.
I have held several senior executive level roles with notable achievements in the creation of membership and engagement models, high profile talent management initiatives, design and delivery of internationally recognised and award-winning leadership development programmes and the development of several strategic models.
I am keen to ensure that development activity demonstrates value for money, and I played a key role as the primary author and academic advisor on the creation of a development evaluation framework which subsequently facilitated my research on the effectiveness of leadership development throughout the NHS – the first of its kind, which has led to ground-breaking insights on the design of impactful development.
In my spare time, I am a keen caravaner and I especially love family breaks at the seaside.
Non-urgent advice: Anna O’Kane – Senior Programme Lead
I joined the NHS eight years ago following an extensive career in leadership development, learning & development, economic regeneration and business support spanning across both private and public sectors.
Prior to joining the Midlands Talent Team, I was the talent management lead for the East Midlands Leadership Academy supporting organisations and systems to develop talent management practice. Prior to that I led on a range of regional programme areas including Organisational Development, NED and Chair development, Inclusion and Systems Leadership.
My role within the Midlands Talent Team is wide ranging acting as senior operational lead for the team and our work. This includes supporting the career development of aspirant directors, designing and developing programmes and resources for organisations and systems to facilitate best practice talent management approaches as well as supporting and leading on national talent management initiatives.
In my spare time, I enjoy long walks in the countryside with my two very energetic rescue border collies, music, books and wherever possible (not in 2020!), travelling the world.
Non-urgent advice: Faizah Mustafa – Project Manager
I joined the NHS in 2019, initially in the NHS Supply Chain, then at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG for a year before joining the Midlands Talent Management Team. Prior to this; I have led on projects at the Local Council and in the charity sector. My background is IT; I graduated in Computer Science with Management, subsequently spending some time working in IT Service Support before becoming a Project Manager. My passion and areas of expertise include Project Management, IT & Digital and Continual Service & Process Improvement.
My role within the Midlands Talent Team involves providing operational leadership and project management support. This involves planning and managing work streams of programmes with appropriate governance and controls in place. These programmes include managing and leading on the Midlands Talent Management Community of Practice, increasing the digital footprint and social engagement of the Midlands Talent Management team and sourcing, procurement and development of data sets and specifications. My work ultimately supports the best use of talent in the Midlands, as well as organisations to develop and implement their own Talent Management strategies and improve capability; enabling local health economies to develop their own best practice.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading inspiring books, keeping active (love HIIT workouts and lifting weights) and hiking. I have developed my passion for cooking and have recently made a healthier version of pizza (my favourite food) from scratch using cauliflower – tasted really good!
Non-urgent advice: Racheal Naa Ayele Commodore – Team Administrator
I joined the NHS in 2021 as a patient pathway coordinator at the medical records department ; (MyGosh) team at the Great Ormond Street Hospital working on transitioning paper based medical records and face to face appointments to virtual appointments due to the rise in the COVID disease and to help catch-up with backlogged appointments. It was quite an emotional task for me because children with worsening conditions took long to just have a virtual appointment with a doctor or consultant. I also brought on great ideas and initiated creating a video in order to prevent patients from missing appointments as Parents forgot how to join in to have the appointment. I Then moved to the civil service (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) where I contributed to the Facilities Group. Let’s just say I did not really like it there. I loved the NHS more. I later re-joined the NHS but with United Lincolnshire NHS trusts. Working with the Clinical Effectiveness Team was an absolute pleasure as I gave administrative assistance during audit projects. Aside that, I have previously worked with the bank as a Senior Loans officer, worked as an Audit Associate so I have picked up many skills along the way. I have a degree in Sociology and Social work and a master’s degree in Financial Risk. My passion is people. I love to help; I love to simply make a positive impact everywhere I go. My role within the Midlands Team involves a high-level administrative support in order to find the best talents to fill in high level positions to produce results of exceptional patient care delivery. In my spare time, I love to write books for children. I have a few written books but only one published (publishing is expensive ) I also initiated Tomorrow’s farmers where I encourage our youngsters on backyard farming. I also have initiated a mother’s group where we have had talks with child development facilitators and religious leaders who encourage women spiritually and about the new changes with their lives and career at large. I am looking forward to enjoying my team more and being the best that I can be!