Conference Speakers

Julie Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive/ Director of Workforce and OD, Health Education and Innovation Wales

A chartered fellow of the CIPD, Julie has worked in the Welsh public sector for over 35 years.

She has enjoyed a varied career spanning a wide range of social policy development, OD and HR roles. In 2013, Julie became the National Workforce & Organisational Development Director for NHS Wales, a role that she held until April 2018 when she joined HEIW.

During her tenure, she oversaw the development of the first national ‘Primary Care Workforce Plan for Wales’ and the innovative NHS Wales recruitment campaign ‘This is Wales. TrainWorkLive’, aimed at recruiting more trainees, GPs and health professionals into Wales.

Julia Tybura, London HPMA Academy Board member, Executive Coach, Teaching Fellow and Non-Executive Director

Julia is MD of Zenon Consulting, Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Business at the University of Greenwich, Non-Executive Director at the Liaison Group and Board member of the London HPMA Academy. Julia specialises in executive coaching, board, leadership, organisational and system development, strategy making and governance. She has a MSc in strategic HRM and OD, is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Fellow of the HE Academy and the RSA.


Dean Royles, President, HPMA

Dean has been a highly regarded, leading figure in Human Resources (HR) within the NHS for nearly two decades. He now provides strategic advice and leadership development to organisations and boards. He is President-Elect of the HPMA. Former Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Dean joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2014 as Executive Director of HR and OD. Leeds is one of the largest Trusts in the country employing over 18000 staff. Other notable positions have included Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North West and Deputy Director of Workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health. He started his career working in a local authority. Dean has an MSc in Human Resources and is a member of Sheffield Business School’s Advisory Board as well as a visiting fellow at Newcastle Business School. He is former national Chair of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was awarded Companionship of the CIPD in 2015. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford for his contribution to health services management. He is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals, on the editorial board of HRMJ and the International Journal of Human Resources Development, a social media advocate and provides expert opinion in the national media. His easy style, expertise and high energy approach to HR ensured he was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner three years running. His book, with Oxford University Press on Human Resource Management was published in February 2018.

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons  

Helen Bevan is a leader of change within the NHS. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care. Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over decades that is rare in internal change agents. Her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a large scale. Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally.

Tom Simons, Chief HR and OD Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Tom has recently joined the NHS England and NHS Improvement team with a wealth of HR&OD experience and expertise, both in the NHS and in a number of regions and sectors, where he has delivered large scale change, service transformation and improvement in HR services. He was most recently the Director of HR&OD at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and lead for HR&OD in the North West London ICS, and has worked for a number of NHS trusts including East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Barts NHS Health Trust.

Martin Johnson, Founder & CEO, Trans2Performance

Following 5 years military service, Martin has carried out senior
sales and leadership roles in both small dynamic and large global
organisations, including 7 years with global consulting giant,
Gartner. He is now the Founder & CEO of Trans2 Performance
and is highly regarded for his expertise in Organisational Culture,
Organisational Design, Leadership and Human Performance.
Martin is also the creator of T2 Talks, a motivational talks event
born out of his vision and passion for developing others. Over the
past few years Martin has become a strategic advisor and a leading
performance coach who has worked with large corporations, the
military and in the world of professional sport. More recently,
Martin became an Author following the publishing of his book ‘I
AM Human: 30 Mistakes to Success’ in December 2017.

Shirley Rogers, Director for Organisational Readiness, SGoRR Director, NHS Scotland

Shirley was appointed to the Scottish Government in 2012. Until April 2020 she was NHS Scotland’s Chief People Officer and the Director with responsibility for Health Workforce, Leadership and EU Exit. In April she became the Director for Organisational Readiness, leading the work on preparation for withdrawal from the EU and a coordinated response to Covid 19.

She began her career in Central Government in London, moving to the private sector and the Police Service before joining NHS Scotland in 1996. She holds a BA(Hons), a Master’s degree in International Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mark Britnell, Chairman and Partner of the Global Health Practice, KPMG

Mark is a Senior UK Healthcare Partner and Global Health Expert having spent the last 11 years as KPMG’s Global Head of Healthcare and the last 3 as Global Chair of I nfrastructure Government and Healthcare, overseeing 7 billion of annual revenue and supporting 5000 staff across 157 countries.
He is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has a pioneering and inspiring global vision for health in both the developed and developing world. Mark has dedicated his entire professional life to healthcare and has led organisations at local, regional, national and global levels provider and payer, public and private. Over the past 1 1 years, he has worked in over 80 countries on circa. 3 45 occasions, gaining a unique first hand experience.
Mark was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham in 2000. He masterminded the largest new hospital build in NHS history, established the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and developed one of the highest performing healthcare organisations in the UK.
He went on to run the NHS region from Oxford to the Isle of Wight before joining the NHS Management Board as a Director General at the Department of Health, where he developed High Quality Care for All with Lord Darzi.

He joined KPMG as Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health in 2009 and has established a successful worldwide health practice.
Between 2014 and 2018, Mark sat as a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Health Sector for the World Economic Forum and sits on the Advisory Board of the China Center for Health Development at Peking University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Taishan Medical University School, Shandong Province and holds honorary doctorates from Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton.
Mark is the author of “In Search of the Perfect Health System”, published by Palgrave Macmillian. The book has sold in over 109 countries, including translations into Mandarin, Korean and Portuguese, and was recognised by
Chinese Medical Doctors Association as best health book in China in 2017, and in the UK by the British Medical Association, 2016. Mark’s new book, “Human: solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare” was published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. It sold out it’s first print run in 4 months and was recently translated to into Mandarin.
Mark has been a Non Executive Director at Dr Foster, a trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and a Board member of Prostate Cancer UK. He survived prostate cancer at the age of 42 and has donated all royalties from the sale of this book to Prostate Cancer UK.

Prerana Issar – Chief People Officer for the NHS

Prerana Issar is the first NHS Chief People Officer. In joining the NHS, Prerana brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development and strategic talent management, as well as diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining the NHS Prerana was Director for Public-Private Partnerships at the United Nations and prior to that she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the World Food Programme. During this time leading the development of the United Nation’s first strategic human capital approach, as well as the reform of many key policies. Before the United Nations, Prerana worked for over 15 years at Unilever Plc, starting with them in India and then for several years was in global roles at Unilever’s headquarters in London. Her last role in Unilever was Vice-President HR for the Global Foods business.

Prerana gets her strong service ethos from her parents who were both in public service in the Government of India for close to 40 years. A proud mother to a teenage son and a younger daughter she says they keep her grounded with timely performance feedback on a variety of topics. One of the happiest days of her life was when her daughter was born at the Royal Free hospital in London, giving her first-hand experience of the NHS staff who every day deliver outstanding care to patients.

Cheryl Samuels, Deputy Director of Workforce Transformation – London Region People Directorate NHS England and NHS Improvement

Cheryl Samuels is the 2019 HPMA Award winning Deputy Director of HR, who has recently been appointed as Workforce Transformation for the London Region at NHS England and NHS Improvement, overseeing the key priorities ensuring we attract, recruit, retain and modernise practices to support delivery of a more inclusive workforce that delivers world class healthcare.

Her experience to date, covers over 20 years as a qualified and registered CIPD practitioner, with over 10 years experience at senior management level.  She has led and delivered core HR services, led large scale transformation organisational development programmes in acute, mental health and primary care services with a clear commitment to culture change and inclusivity.

The COVID 19 pandemic has seen has seen a greater focus on supporting the NHS workforce to maintain a level of resilience, by ensuring a clear and concerted focus on their health and wellbeing.  Cheryl galvanised teams and led on the psychological and physical components of the delivery of a national programme which has seen over half a million staff access psychological support offers.  In addition she has led programmes of work around improving civility and respect in the workplace,  reducing violence against staff and improving the overall health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce through evidence based interventions.

She has worked as a system leader across North Central London STP footprint as a strategic change agent that’s passionate about modernising work practices and transforming the staff experience.  The programme of work to date has delivered magnificent results and is estimated to generate £9.5M worth of efficiencies across 10 NHS Trusts.

Prior to this, she was Assistant Director of Workforce, leading the implementation of the new junior doctor contract at the height of the industrial action from 2015-2017.  In addition, she was responsible for managing the complex GP lead employer contractual arrangements across North Central London for 900 GP trainees.

She was formerly a HR Project Director at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust where she led a large cultural change programme to improve clinical safety through effective rostering practices across a multi site and was responsible for establishing temporary staffing service.

Prior to that she was Deputy Director of HR at Kingston Hospital Foundation NHS Trust for over 4 years and managed a wide range of services including Recruitment, Employee Relations, Occupational Health & Wellbeing.   She has spent a large proportion of her working career in healthcare, but commenced her career in HR from the Department of Work & Pensions and the Ministry of Defence.

Cheryl is a longstanding member and holds Fellow status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).  In 2014 she successfully established the Deputy Directors of HR Network, which she continues to chair, which supports the networking, learning and development of current deputies of NHS Trusts across London.  As a system leader she is passionate about organisational change, diversity, embracing the future and digital advancements that positively change the workplace.

Jenny Allen and Laura Smith Director of Workforce, OD and System Development, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Jenny and Laura job share our Director of Workforce, OD and System Development role. The pair joined us in June last year. We believe that they are the first HR Director job share partnership ever in the NHS.

Jenny studied Law at University before joining the NHS on the National Graduate Management Scheme as a General Management Trainee in 1998. She has held a number of senior HR and Workforce leadership roles across NHS organisations including at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and NHS Digital before commencing with Leeds Community Trust.

Jenny has previously run her own HR consulting business, has held Associate Lecturer roles at several local universities and is a published academic author in the field of HR and management. She is also an Associate Editor for an academic journal. Away from work Jenny is a busy wife and Mum of two, self- confessed book worm and hockey fan, still managing to play competitive hockey for Harrogate Ladies weekly.

Laura also joined the NHS in 2000 as a General Management trainee, and has held leadership roles in general management, HR and OD across acute organisations, PCTs and national organisations. She is an accredited coach and mentor as well as a qualified HR professional and mother of two small children.

What matters most to both Laura and Jenny in work is people: “the people we work with and the patients and population we work for, both across the city of Leeds and the wider geographic communities served by LCH.”

Laura and Jenny’s aim is to build on the excellent work already in place at LCH, facilitating working conditions and a culture that provides the best possible opportunities and support for people to both fulfil their potential and to provide the best possible care for our patients and population.

Will Young, Assistant Head of Centre and Organisation Design Consultant, HSC Leadership Centre, NI

Will is an experienced Organisational Development Consultant and is currently the Assistant Head of the HSC Leadership Centre which is responsible for providing organisational and leadership development support to Northern Ireland Health and Social Care and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Services in Northern Ireland.  He joined the Centre in 2001, having accumulated 10 years’ experience as an accountant prior to this and in a variety of posts within health and social care including Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology.  Will is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD.

Will has extensive experience working at a senior and executive level. He is the lead for number of regional agendas including executive development, team based working, quality improvement, succession planning and talent management, aimed at delivering high quality compassionate care for our patients and service users.  Due to his experience, he is involved in a number of significant and complex workforce reviews and modernisation initiatives across the system. He is also passionate about the development of people across the public sector and building networks and connections within, and across, systems.  Will is also involved with local charities in a Director/Trustee capacity, including the Childrens Heartbeat Trust.

David Jones-Stanley, Head of Workforce Advisory Services, Liaison Group

With a background in HR, Operations and Workforce Analytics, David’s 20 year career spans several industries including retail, technology and healthcare.  David has an in-depth understanding of the value of using workforce data to support HR leaders and change programmes having successfully managed some of the largest NHS Data migration projects over the last decade. He has also led the development of a number of applications to support workforce planning and skills based role design and is currently focused on developing business intelligence solutions that will support the delivery of the NHS people plan

Becci Martin, Director of Coaching, Boo Coaching & Consulting

Team Boo are led by Becci Martin, a mental health nurse by background with a passion for developing healthy workplace cultures. Becci launched the company in 2012 and leads the business with a focus on enabling organisations to build healthy leadership cultures where all colleagues can thrive. Significantly, Boo is an award-winning business driven by its values and Becci leads with care and authenticity. She creates an environment where everyone has the opportunity to shine and her compassionate leadership style creates ripples in her local community and beyond.

Dr Ahmed Shahrabani, Locums Nest

Dr. Ahmed Shahrabani is a qualified doctor previously working at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 before accepting his first medical post at St. Helier Hospital, London where he met his colleague and now Co-Founder, Nick. Nick and Ahmed stood back from front-line medicine in 2016 and took the bold move to start Locum’s Nest. Carrying across the deeply rooted values of transparency, honesty and a focus on patient care they embarked on a mission to solve the NHS staffing crisis by empowering clinicians and NHS staff alike through collaborative and flexible working. Since March 2019, Ahmed is a fellow at the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) which supports individuals with a passion for and commitment to scaling their innovations for greater patient and population benefit, and for sharing their learning, insight and expertise widely. All the innovations part of the 2020 cohort have been carefully selected and represent high-impact, evidence-based solutions which will be supported to scale nationally by the accelerator and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the next 3 years.

Helen Thomas,  Assistant Director of Leadership and Succession, Health Education and Innovation Wales

After 18 years and a series of varied roles within Welsh Water ranging from Training Officer to SAP Software Solution Consultant, Helen left Welsh water to join the NHS in 2001.
For several years Helen held the role of Head of Learning and Development at Cwm Taf (now Cwm Taf Morgannwg) before being appointed to Assistant Programme Director and leading the NHS Wales Electronic Staff Record (ESR) work programme. This was an exciting and innovative programme of work which was awarded several national awards for realising efficiencies through technology.

More recently, Helen has taken up the role of Assistant Director of Leadership and Succession at Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and is now working alongside esteemed partners including Professor Michael West, The Kings Fund, Social Care Wales and other UK colleagues to place compassion in the centre of leadership transformation across Wales.

Ricky Somal, Associate Director of Organisational Development, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

After studying MSc Health Psychology, Ricky started his professional career in HR and Organisational Development and has worked for the European Social Fund, Severn Trent Water and AXA Assurance.

With 15 years National Health Service (NHS), Ricky adopts the principles of behavioral economics and positive psychology to design and lead strategies focused on employee engagement, inclusion, wellbeing and leadership development.

His goals are to use his motivational leadership style to unlock the potential in people and systems, ensuring they can maximise their impact, ambition and delivery, whilst remaining conscious of preferences and triggers for stress when in high pressure environments and in times of organisational change.

Andy Shettle, Senior Product Manager, Selenity – An Allocate Software Company

Andy founded Workforce Metrics in 2009 and in 2014, Workforce Metrics was acquired by Software Europe (rebranded to Selenity in July 2017) – a leading cloud technology company.

Andy has led the creation and development of ER Tracker – an innovative cloud based application that improves compliance with employment policies while improving efficiencies of managing employee relations cases.

It is from Andy’s previous experience over the past 15 years of implementing HR software solutions for clients that has given him the insight and knowledge to clearly understand what clients require from a software solution.

In October 2020, Allocate Software acquired Selenity including ER Tracker.

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