Our members and forums provide strategic oversight helping to shape our priorities and future direction by ensuring that we have a strong and effective national voice for our members
Our work in this area is led by Rory Deighton, director of Acute Network, and a team of experts working across the Confederation’s policy, communications and media teams.
Meet the team
Rory DeightonDirector, Acute Network
Rory is director of the Acute Network, and leads a programme that ensures that acute members' concerns are effectively represented.
Dr Cornelle ParkerSenior Adviser, Acute Network
Dr Cornelle Parker is senior adviser for our Acute Network and a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology by background.
Victoria BinksAssistant Director, North West and Yorkshire
Assistant Director, North East and Yorkshire
Denise VittorinoAssistant Director, West Midlands
Denise joined the NHS Confederation as regional lead for the West Midlands in January 2019, following a public health career spanning over 30 years.
Joe PlewesHealth Policy Analyst
Joe Plewes is our health policy analyst, supporting the NHS Confederation’s policy work with key intelligence, statistics and analytical insights.
Theo GallagherEngagement and Support Officer
Theo Gallagher is our Acute Network's engagement and support officer.
Fiona ClaridgeAssistant Director, London and the East
Fiona leads our engagement work with members, leads our work with ambulance services and organises our Chairs' group.
Jack SansumEngagement Adviser
Jack joined the NHS Confederation in March 2023 as an engagement advisor leading our work on out of hospital care.
Sonia NosheenSenior Policy Adviser, Acute Network
Sonia joined NHS Confederation in January 2023 as the senior policy advisor for the Acute Network.
Safwan ChowdhuryEngagement Support Officer
Safwan is our engagment support officer. He holds a Public Health BSc and BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care.
Chris CaultonSenior Policy and Delivery Manager
Chris joined the NHS Confederation in February 2023 as a senior policy and delivery manager for provider collaboration and place..
Helen HunterAssistant Director, North West
Helen is our assistant director covering the North West. Before joining the NHS Confederation, Helen worked for eight years in local Healthwatch.
Daniel ReynoldsDirector of Communications
A former journalist and now communications director with over 20 years’ experience of working in high-profile national organisations.
Kelley IrelandAssistant Director, East Midlands and East of England
Kelley Ireland is the assistant director for the East Midlands and East of England and is part of the NHS Confederation’s regional engagement team.