Our Team

Karen Bloomfield – Head of Talent and Interim Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning in the east of England

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Karen leads on the development, implementation and management of the local and National Leadership Development programmes as an integral part of our Leadership Development Partners role with the NHS Leadership Academy. Karen leads the Leadership Alumni Network for over 400 clinicians and managers, running a series of network events and development opportunities. Karen is an Action Learning set facilitator and has run sets virtually for Aspiring Senior Leaders and sets for Lead Nurses and the Clinical Fellows. She has developed the Coaching strategy and developed coaching capacity, CPD and supervision arrangements for the coaches on the coaching register. She also leads on the implementation of the Health Coaching programme.

Karen is a feedback facilitator for the Healthcare Leadership Model 360 and has established a network for the feedback faciliitators based in EoE. Karen qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital in 1985. She has held senior clinical nursing posts in Hertfordshire, at St Albans City Hospital and Lister Hospital. During that time she led and managed the Anticipated Recovery Pathway project in Orthopaedics and Urology, reducing LOS in patient pathways. She reduced spend on agency nursing from 97% to 3%, establishing the Nurse Bank. Prior to her current post was Associate Director for Workforce Development at Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA, with responsibility for development of new roles e.g radiography assistant practitioners, extended nurse prescribing, return to practice and interprofessional learning and she managed the implementation of the National Midwifery Recruitment and Retention 6 point action plan, reporting to the CNO, for 3 years.


Pat Cotton – Programme Lead (East of England Regional Talent Board)

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Pat is the Programme Lead for Talent and Inclusion and supports the development, implementation and management of the local and national leadership development programmes and work streams related to talent management and building leadership for inclusion.

Pat is a registered nurse and midwife and held senior clinical roles in various posts particularly in midwifery. The development of others has always been fundamental to her practice as a leader. This interest prompted moves into roles within practice development, leadership development and organisational development working within an acute trust and across the locality and more recently across the region. Pat passionately believes that when you create an inclusive culture whereby staff talents are recognised nurtured and developed, staff are more able to deliver high quality care and are engaged not only in their own development but the development of others.


Deborah Peacock – Business and Performance Manager

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Deborah manages our business operations which includes financial planning and management, business planning, human resources, service management, and information technology. Her experience ranges from financial services to programme management. Deborah joined the NHS and the Leadership team in 2009 having worked in a similar team for LloydsTSB. She has played a fundamental role in implementing our leadership approach over the last few years.


Julie Dynes-Conner – Leadership Development Senior Manager

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Julie has over 25 years working in the field of People and Organizational development. She is genuine, interested and compassionate and views her personal development as a lifelong journey. Julie began her career as Psychology Lecturer in Essex before training as an organizational Psychologist and building a new NHS career shaping leadership development in Mental Health Services. A qualified coach and NLP Practitioner Julie has a passion for seeing others grow, develop a better understanding of themselves and achieve positive outcomes. She has a specific interest in organizational culture and its impact on Psychological Wellbeing the workplace.  Having recently worked for the West Midlands leadership Academy Julie now joins the East of England leadership Academy and will be leading the Primary Care agenda

Tim Chipperfield – GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager

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Tim joined the Leadership and Lifelong in the east of England in 2020, taking on the position of the Leadership Development Senior Manager for the GMTS, focusing on the strategic development of the scheme for the region. His philosophy is ‘developing people as leaders and developing leaders as people,’ and is passionate about accompanying and supporting individuals through their own leadership journey.

Tim started his NHS career as a registered paramedic, responding across the South East coast of England before moving into the Trust’s Clinical Education Department. There he led on a range of workstreams as a Senior Education Manager including the Trust’s statutory and mandatory training, vocational and apprenticeship courses along with equality and inclusion for the department. Tim is a proud member of the Darzi Fellowship Alumni after completing his programme with HEE Kent Surrey Sussex and is currently undertaking the Action Learning Set Facilitator Programme to support trainees from across the GMTS.

Jacqueline Smith – Leadership Development Coordinator

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Jacqueline began her career in a more forensic setting: Psychologist in the prison service for several years, and has held a number of project manager roles; for the police in domestic violence, for offender services working with probation and prisons and for parenting programmes working closely with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) as well as Operational Performance Manager for the Drugs and Alcohol service, Post Graduate Dental Education and HEE Programme Manager for CPD projects across East of England. Jacqueline is a feedback facilitator for the Healthcare Leadership Model 360, her workstreams are the primary care agenda and programmes across the EoE.

Jacqueline is proud to be a domestic abuse ambassador, and to help support teams in the community to create safe environments so survivors feel able to speak out and be supported by services. She also enjoys spending precious time with her children, grandchildren and friends, having fun and enjoying the value of time together, laughter and music.


Matina Triantafyllou – Leadership Development Manager

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I proudly hold the title amongst others in my life like Coach, Mentor, Trainer, Facilitator, psychometrics practitioner and wider OD Consultant (in addition to being a “juggling” mum of two) en-route to becoming a Master Practitioner in Emotional Intelligence.

Starting off my career as an HR generalist, I quickly discovered my preference and passion for enabling growth. Leadership and organisational development activities were the perfect platform. Across my 15 years experience I have co-created multi-input leadership development programmes supporting the development of first, middle and senior leaders in the NHS and Not-for-Profit sector. I am motivated by being a catalyst for change for leaders of all backgrounds. I work for a future where more self-aware leaders will be enabling the delivery of effective patient and service user care through integrated high performing and possibly game changing teams and systems.

I look after three workstreams; Coaching and Mentoring, Healthcare Leadership Model and the OD Network. My focus is to promote coaching and mentoring as the powerful development opportunities they are, to cater for our community of HLM Facilitators and to support our growing OD Network in its mission to create opportunities for thought and practice exchange.


Breda Watson – GMTS Regional Trainee Support Manager – East of England

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Breda joined the team in March 2018 with a double brief, to lead on Talent Management and the Graduate Management Training Scheme across East of England. Breda has been with the NHS since 2010 and has enjoyed being part of a variety of teams working on local, regional and national transformation projects. Breda’s passion is supporting our stakeholders and is looking forward to working with our employers and trainees to ensure a successful outcome and positive experience for all involved in these two workstreams. Before joining the NHS Breda, managed training centres and has worked in public, private, voluntary and independent sectors. Outside of work Breda loves musical theatre and spending time with her family and friends.


Ruth Davis – Business and Performance Officer 

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Ruth provides support to the Inclusion, Graduate Management Training Scheme and Talent Management workstreams across the east of England.
Ruth has a background in health and social care and has previously worked as a social worker in older people’s mental health services, and also as a long-term volunteer for a charity in India. She loves to travel and experience different cultures, and also to spend time at home reading, walking the dog and socialising with family and friends.


Tracy Bentley – Business Support Officer

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Tracy joined the team in December 2018 and provides PA support to Karen Bloomfield and programme support to the OD network, Coaching/Mentoring and HLM programmes within the Leadership Academy  team. Tracy has worked within the NHS for many years within various roles across NHS England, CPFT, HEEoE, and acute hospital settings. Tracy likes to spend time practising her love of oil painting and socialising with friends and family.


Amber Ramans-Harborough – GMTS Leadership Development Co-ordinator

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Amber joined the team in September 2018. Her role is to provide support to the EOE Graduate Management Training Scheme and leadership work steams. She enjoys a varied role including co-ordination of events and workshops and communications. She gets great satisfaction from being involved in a team which nurtures and supports leadership and organisational growth within the NHS.

Amber has a background in biological sciences and has worked as a research assistant. Additionally, she was on committee for the Woman in Business Society at her university.

Fernanda Dias – Leadership Development Administrator

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Fernanda joined the Leadership Academy in 2018 as Leadership Development Administrator working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex also supporting the Thames Valley and Wessex (the new South East Team). During her time at the Academy, Fernanda has assisted multiple programmes, workshops and masterclasses whilst supporting inclusion, equality and diversity. 
Fernanda has a teaching degree in young years education also background in clinical care, business & retail management. In 2020, she has joined the Leadership Academy in the East of England region. 
Working for the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team, now in the East of England, is an opportunity to contribute with the development of NHS staff while also developing her personal skills.

Fernanda is passionate about her family, nature, learning and development, leadership and supporting people to achieve their goals.