David Grantham

Chief People Officer

University Hospitals Sussex

David is an outstanding director at Royal Free London as well as taking a lead in the workforce agenda of North Central London ICS. His experience working on the Nightingale Hospital has allowed him to share that learning with colleagues. He has transformed the workforce and organisational development agenda playing a key role in helping the team to engender strong and effective relationships while maintaining the pace of change. David is a dynamic, visionary, personable and inclusive leader who is passionate about the NHS and its core values, and dedicated to making the health economy more efficient and effective.

Judges’ view
David’s high degree of influence at national, regional and local level, within his Trust and taking on an ICS workforce leadership role, were recognised. As the Nightingale Hospital Director of People, he recognised the learning that emerged from the experience. David has been heavily involved developing the people profession as a London HPMA Board Academy member.


Julie Rogers
Health Education and Improvement Wales

Julie is  an outstanding director and compassionate leader. Her strategic approach, vision and dedication to helping others maximise their potential directly impacts on the quality of all that HEIW does, to improve patient care. She is an inspiration to her team, consistently role modelling compassionate leadership and creating an inclusive culture that values all employees and prioritises wellbeing.Julie is also Deputy Chief Executive of HEIW and stepped up to the Chief Executive role during the COVID-19 first wave.

Judges’ view

 Her leadership of a young and developing organisation gave her opportunities to ensure inclusion and belonging were at the heart of their approach. An example of more innovative approaches to sharing stories, such as capturing the experiences of BAME staff through art (potentially being made into a book) were of particular note.

Claire Gore
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Claire led the creation of the London COVID Bank, to provide access to a collaborative digital staff bank.  At the height of the crisis, approximately 300 healthcare workers were on boarded daily and over 19,000 shifts were requested, improving the quality of care available to the 4 million  population in the region. She took responsibility for the in-house vaccination programme and led  on establishing a Covid Trusted Allies programme for local BAME leaders to talk to staff to encourage them to get vaccinated.

Judges’ view

The sheer scale and speed with which they had to act, with many activities led by Claire, was hugely impressive. The panel were impressed with the detailed data about the activities she led during the pandemic.

Jacqui Jones
NHS National Services Scotland

Jacqui is an outstanding workforce leader using her exceptional skills, knowledge and professional experience to lead her team to support the delivery of vital national services, enabling NHS Scotland’s workforce to protect health and save lives during a time of national crisis. Throughout, Jacqui has been an inspirational leader and a shining example to all.

Judges’ view

Jacqui’s scope of role, which includes workforce lead for the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital during the pandemic, demonstrated an ability to carry wide range of portfolios and responsibilities and the support for her from three CEOs of the organisations,  where she is workforce lead,  was evident.

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