Health Leaders Panel

Uniting more than 100 healthcare leaders to provide an expert view on the state of the health and care system in England
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The NHS is embarking on a decade of reform and facing continued and unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this critical juncture for the sector, the NHS Confederation has established a Health Leaders Panel, which draws together 100 healthcare leaders to provide an expert view on the state of the health and care system in England. It is the only panel of its kind in the sector.

With leaders from across the country, it also serves to show how organisations and systems are delivering lasting improvements to the health and wellbeing of their local communities.

The panel includes the most senior leaders working in acute, mental health, community and ambulance service trusts; primary care networks and primary care federations; integrated care systems; clinical commissioning groups; and voluntary and independent sector providers. 

Our Leaders Panel will be regularly surveyed for their views on a range of issues, including: staff capacity and wellbeing; performance against performance targets; regulation and governance; and the move to system working.

The first survey was carried out in August and September 2020 and formed the centrepiece of a major report published in late September.

The second report was published in September 2021.

If you would like to find out more about the Leaders Panel, please contact Daniel Reynolds.

Meet the panel


The Health Leaders Panel is made up of leaders from all parts of the healthcare system:

  • Aaron Cummins, University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Adam Doyle, Sussex Health and Care Partnership
  • Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre CCGs and Lancashire and Cumbria ICS 
  • Amanda Riley, Primary Healthcare Darlington 
  • Amanda Sullivan, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG 
  • Prof Andy Hardy, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership 
  • Dr Andy Hilton, GP and Chief Executive, Primary Care Sheffield 
  • Sir Andrew Cash, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS 
  • Andrew Eyres, NHS Lambeth CCG Andrew Murray, NHS Merton CCG
  • Angie Smithson, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Ann Marr, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Anthony C Marsh, West Midlands Ambulance Service 
  • Prof Aruna Garcea, Leicester City and University PCN 
  • Dr Avi Bartia, NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG Brendan Brown, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Brent Kilmurray, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Brigid Joughin, Newcastle Outer West PCN 
  • Caroline Shaw, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Charlotte Canniff, NHS North West Surrey Heartlands CCG 
  • Chris Bown, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust 
  • Chris Clayton, NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG Crishni Waring, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Claire Fuller, Surrey Heartlands ICS 
  • Clare Panniker, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Clare Watson, NHS Cheshire CCG Craig Harris, NHS Wigan Borough CCG 
  • Dr Dan Bunstone, Warrington Innovation Network 
  • Danielle Oum, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 
  • David Stout, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • Dorothy Hosein, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
  • Dr Ebrahim Adia, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ella Joseph, Think Ahead 
  • Emma Latimer, NHS Hull CCG 
  • Eugine Yafele, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Faisel Baig, NHS North Lincolnshire CCG
  • Dr Farzana Hussain, Newham Central 1 PCN
  • Fiona Adamson, Chief Executive, Hartlepool & Stockton Health Ltd
  • Fiona Edwards, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Frimley Health and Care ICS 
  • Garrett Emmerson, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
  • Hasan Chowhan, NHS North East Essex CCG 
  • Hayley Citrine , The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Helen Hirst, NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG 
  • Helen Kilminster, People’s Health Partnership 
  • Ian Williamson, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning 
  • Ifti Majid, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dame Jackie Daniel, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Jan Ditheridge, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Jane Milligan, NHS North East London Commissioning Alliance 
  • Jane Tomkinson, Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Janet Rowse, Sirona Health and Care
  • Jinjer Kandola, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust 
  • Dr Joanne Watt, NHS Corby CCG 
  • Prof  Joe Harrison, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Josephine Sauvage, NHS North Central London CCG 
  • Julia Ross, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG and Healthier Together STP 
  • Julie Gillon, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Karen Jackson, Locala Community CIC 
  • Karen James CBE, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Kat Dalby-Welsh, Yeovil Primary Care Network Katie Fisher, St Andrew’s Healthcare 
  • Kevin McGee, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Dr Kiren Collison, NHS Oxfordshire CCG 
  • Kirsten Major, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Laura Hill, NHS West Sussex CCG and NHS Crawley CCG 
  • Lyn Bacon, Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC 
  • Louise Ashley, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust 
  • Dame Marianne Griffiths, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Marie Gabriel CBE, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Mark Spencer, Fleetwood PCN 
  • Matthew Hopkins, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Melanie Walker MBE, Devon Partnership NHS Trust 
  • Melany Pickup, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Michael Wilson CBE, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 
  • Michelle Moran, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Naz Jivani, NHS South West London CCG and NHS Kingston CCG 
  • Neil Dardis, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Neil Thwaite, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Omotayo (Tayo) Kufeji, The Bridge PCN 
  • Pat Ryan, Hestia 
  • Paul Bentley, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Paul Jennings, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG 
  • Paul Roberts, Gloucestershire Care Service NHS Trust 
  • Paul White, Northamptonshire STP 
  • Peter Molyneux, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Philip Astle, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Philippa Slinger, Devon STP 
  • Dr Pramit Patel, Care Collaborative PCN 
  • Rachel O’Connor, Birmingham and Solihull STP (Live Healthy Live Happy) 
  • Raj Jain, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Reg Rehal, Tilbury and Chadwell PCN 
  • Rich Andrews, Healios 
  • Richard Kirby, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust 
  • Richard Parker, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Rod Barnes, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 
  • Dr Rupa Joshi, Wokingham North PCN 
  • Sam Allen, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Sarah Maguire, Choice Support
  • Dr Sian Stanley, Stort Valley and Villages PCN 
  • Simon Trickett, Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP, Herefordshrie and Worcerstershire CCG 
  • Simon Whitehouse, Staffordshire and Stoke STP (Together We’re Better) 
  • Dr Simone Yule, The Blackmore Vale Network Siobhan Harrington, Whittington Health NHS Trust 
  • Dr Steve Dunn CBE, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Susan Acott, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Suzanne Rankin, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Suzanne Tracey, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Tim Goodson, NHS Dorset CCG and Dorset ICS 
  • Tim Ryley, NHS Leeds CCG Tracey Cox, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG 
  • Vanessa Ford, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust 
  • Will Warrender, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Wirin Bhatiani, NHS Bolton CCG