Danny Mortimer took up post as chief executive of NHS Employers in November 2014. NHS Employers is the voice of employers across the NHS, and leads work relating to workforce policy and practice on behalf of the NHS.
Danny has a degree in politics from York University and first worked in healthcare as a porter, and a CSV care assistant before becoming a regional trainee in Stoke-on-Trent. He then worked at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and Brighton Health Care. His first director post was for Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and Western Sussex PCT from 2001.
He subsequently (2003) became director of HR and organisational development at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. He joined Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust as executive director of HR in 2007, and he became its executive director of workforce and strategy in 2009.
Danny is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Sean Duggan joined the Mental Health Network as Chief Executive in November 2016. Sean is passionate about raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organisations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence based intervention with a sound economic basis.
Previously, Sean joined the Centre for Mental Health as director of Criminal Justice Programme in 2006, and became Chief Executive in 2011. Immediately before joining the Centre, Sean was Director of Health and Social Care for Criminal Justice at the London Development Centre and offender health consultant for the Department of Health. He trained as a registered mental health nurse in Sussex, where he also held his first NHS Board Director’s post.
Sean is a founder member of the Mental Health Policy Group and has expertise in forensic psychology and criminal justice.
David leads the independent sector IHPN, concentrating on NHS reform and promoting the contribution that independent sector healthcare providers can make in the modern, pluralist NHS, and the benefits their involvement brings to patients and commissioners.
Previously David was a director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, a political communications firm based in London. At Whitehouse, David built and led the company’s public services team, providing advice and support to a wide range of organisations involved in delivering health, education, children’s services, social care and welfare-to-work programmes.
David has also acted as the director of strategy for the LIFT Council, the trade body that represents the private sector equity investors in the Local Improvement Finance Trust programme, overseeing all of their engagement with government bodies.
David has also worked in Parliament as well as being a parliamentary adviser to a large national charity.
Heather joined us from the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (a membership body) where she was the chief executive responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation to support and facilitate local government improvement and modernisation.
Previous to this, Heather was director of the Sustainable Northern Ireland Programme where she was responsible for developing the organisation which provided advice and guidance to government departments on sustainable development issues.
Heather’s earlier career was spent in the field of Environmental Health and she held positions across various specialism’s including health and safety, consumer protection, training and health promotion.
Heather is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the NI Chief Executives Forum.
Julie Wood is the director of NHSCC and as such works with the NHSCC co-chairs to lead NHS Clinical Commissioners. As part of this national role, she is involved in working at the centre of detailed policy development and implementation with the Department of Health, NHS England and the other main national organisations ensuring that the independent collective voice of CCGs is heard.
She combines her role with NHSCC with a small amount of healthcare policy consultancy activities, supporting commissioning and innovation with local health communities and national/international healthcare-related organisations.
Julie’s NHS career spans 30 years, focused on service development and innovation in primary care and commissioning, with the last 16 years at director/chief executive levels within Health Authorities, PCG/Ts.
She has had many articles published and most recently has published work with the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust with the NHS Alliance on Clinical commissioning and Improving the quality of commissioning of primary care.
Vanessa was appointed as Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation in April 2016 from her role as Corporate Director Resources at Bridgend County Borough Council.
Using her extensive experience of developing strategy and driving transformation and efficiency in the public sector, Vanessa leads the Welsh NHS Confederation and ensures the views of its members are at the heart of Welsh public policy.
She has worked in both Whitehall and the Welsh Government as a policy civil servant and was, for a time, Chief Accountant for the NHS in Wales.
Vanessa was the Director of Resources for the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) between 2008 and 2012 where she represented local authorities at a national level on financial matters, including the annual financial settlement. In 2012 she moved to Bridgend County Borough Council where she was the statutory Chief Financial Officer and she played a significant role in steering the authority through a major period of change and financial constraint.
Dr Layla McCay joined the NHS Confederation as Director of International Relations in May 2018 following a medical career and a decade of leadership roles in international public health and health systems policy.
After obtaining her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, Layla trained as a psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where she later also sat on the Trust Board.
She first moved into national health policy as Clinical Advisor to the NHS Medical Director at the Department of Health. Layla went on to earn a Masters degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSE and LSHTM and took up the role of Assistant Medical Director at healthcare company Bupa. From there, Layla moved into international public health and health systems.
She has held international roles at the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, and at several global health NGOs, think tanks and universities based in Washington, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, with teams across Africa and Asia. She has held academic positions at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Hong Kong University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at TED.
Layla is founder of the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health, is an Asia Global Fellow, and has written on health issues for a diversity of international publications from The Lancet, to New Statesman, National Geographic, and South China Morning Post.