Midlands Leadership Academy

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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: Tracy Leavesley – Team Administrator

I originally joined the NHS in 2004 (with a 2 year break living and working in Australia, and 5 years at the University of Nottingham), and have worked in many different organisations including several roles at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and the Health Research Authority.  Prior to joining the Talent Management Team, I was Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at NUH and undertook a short secondment working as EA to the Chief People Officer at the Trust. I am also a trained Freedom to Speak Up Champion, and an accredited Unison Workplace Representative and Union Welfare Officer.

I joined the Talent Management Team in January 2022 and my role involves me working alongside Faizah, Anna and Lyndsay to provide support across the Regional Talent pools and systems within Talent Management. I am passionate about staff being able to achieve their career goals and being supported by the system to do that.  I am also a strong advocate for fairness, equality and ensuring that we recognise that “one size never fits all” in relation to career pathways and being happy at work.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my partner, (who is an RHS Master of Horticulture and a professional Head Gardener), and our two Ragdoll cats, Hoggy and Cookie (both named after England Cricketers).  I enjoy reading, cooking, crochet and learning languages – my current challenge is German.  We both love live music and going to gigs and festivals and we both previously worked at Glastonbury and Leeds Festivals for 14 years.