Our Team

Alison Lathwell – Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning in the East of England

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Alison is a registered nurse has and worked across a range of settings, including as a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Management. She has significant project and programme management experience within the NHS, leading complex change for workforce, clinical efficiency, service and pathway redesign across health and social care organisations and sectors.

Alison has held executive responsibility for strategic planning and commissioning functions within a clinical commissioning group and has undertaken the role of Integrated Care System Strategic Workforce Lead, driven by clinical roots to secure workforce transformation that enables health and care staff to deliver high quality, integrated care into the future. She is a registered and active coach and is passionate about supporting an individual’s unbounded potential to fulfil their goals. As a QI fellow, she continues to develop her interest change and transformation for health and care improvement.

Karen Bloomfield – Head of Talent – East of England

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Karen has responsibility for working in partnership with the regional ICS Workforce leads to develop and establish a system talent management approach, enabling healthy talent pipelines and maximising retention. She aims to build on talent management approaches which are evidence-based and meet the needs of our local health and care workforce to support delivery of quality care and improved health outcomes. Karen’s role encompasses the establishment of the infrastructure to support this work e.g. Talent and Leadership Strategic forum and Talent Community of practice, together with activities to support increasing Board diversity representation and increasing numbers of staff who have the aspiration and potential for roles of increased breadth, depth or complexity at Director level and in essence succession planning for sustainability of critical roles.                     .                    

Karen has worked in the NHS since 1979,initially training as a general nurse, working as a senior nurse in Hertfordshire then workforce development roles and leading the national Midwifery recruitment and retention action plan. From 2011, she led the East of England Leadership academy and was successful nationally as ‘Leadership Development Champion of the year’. During this time, she ran programmes such as Aspirant Directors Development, Primary Care Collaboratives and Change Leaders. More recently Karen took up post as Head of Talent in 2019 focused on the delivery of a strategic approach for talent management, ensuring we meet the commitments of the NHS People plan and supporting staff at all levels to thrive, develop and enjoy a rewarding career in health and social care. During the pandemic Karen was deployed to and led the East of England Bring Back staff team regionally.  

Karen is inspired by working with people to be the best version of themselves and gets a buzz from seeing colleagues have successful careers, supporting them through coaching and mentoring. Karen’s favourite quote is  ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’ by Maya Angelou.

Find Karen on Twitter at @karenbloomfiel1 and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-bloomfield-1960

Jacky Dixon – Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager

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Jacky has joined the Life Long Learning Team in the East of England as the Systems Leadership Development Senior Manager and will be working with systems across the EoE to support development of system leaders and system thinking to enable STPs/ICS/PCNs identify their leadership gaps and become highly effective, well led systems of health and care. 

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and having worked for over 20 years in the NHS in people management and organisation development Jacky has significant experience of managing complex change programmes including workforce transformation and workforce redesign programmes and in recent years has led workforce transformation programmes within a health and care system. An accredited coach and mentor and emotional intelligence feedback facilitator Jacky is passionate about supporting people in their development ensuring that inclusivity is paramount.

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.  

Richard Noble – GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager

Innocent Muza – Primary Care Programme Manager

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Innocent is a Programme Manager for primary care leadership development and works a part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service, supporting managers and staff across the East of England region. He designs, programme manages the delivery of a portfolio of work for the Leadership Academy in the region as set out in the primary care workstream. This means supporting Primary Care Networks (PCNs), General Practices (GPs) and other Systems Leaders within the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

Innocent is a holder of, B.Sc. (Hons) Politics & Administration, MSc Development Planning: Environment & Sustainable Development, and MSc Public Health degrees.  He is also PRINCE2 & MSP qualified and recently became Quality Service Improvement & Redesign (QSIR) associate.  Previously facilitated sessions in QSIR tools to help teams with the know-how to design and implement more efficient and productive service improvement in different settings.

Innocent has a Public Health experience, and Transformation/Programme Management with a demonstrated history of working in the NHS in. Innocent has a Public Health experience, and Transformation/Programme Management with a demonstrated history of working in the NHS in different roles at national/regional level, provider, and commissioning organisations. I am an avid team player with the ability and experience to work in a wide range of settings with internal and external stakeholders. Outside work, I enjoy cycling, running, and gardening and spent some time doing charitable work in the community.

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.

Dean Byron – Leadership Development Manager and GMTS Regional Trainee Support Manager – East of England

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Dean joined the NHS and the Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team in January 2021 as Leadership Development Manager. Dean is a friendly, approachable person that loves to chat,  hear all about what’s important to others and hear what’s going on around our organisations. 

Dean has many years experience supporting managers and leaders at every organisational level predominantly in the private utilities sector. Educated in Social Sciences to degree level, Qualified CMI Level 5 Coach and RocheMartin Emotional Intelligence 360 assessor. 

His personal favourite leadership topics are; managing the personal impact of change, creating high performing team behaviours and developing personal accountability. His work includes managing the delivery of the Mary Seacole development programme and supporting our leaders to deliver The People Plan. 

Hannah Morris – East of England Talent Project Manager

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Hannah joined the Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team in the East of England in November 2020, taking up the role of Project Manager. She is responsible for the project management and delivery of work streams related to talent management and the Regional Talent Board.

Hannah is passionate about supporting the delivery of excellent patient care through developing talent and promoting an inclusive and compassionate culture. Hannah is a member of the Association of Project Management and joins the team following a career in healthcare research and health education.  


Jacqueline Smith – Leadership Development Co-ordinator

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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 system Leadership and primary care agenda and programmes across the EoE.

Jacqueline is the holder of a BSc (Hons) Psychology and BACP Counselling.

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, swimming and anything to do with the sea.

Ruth Davis – Inclusion Co-ordinator

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Ruth joined the East of England leadership team in 2017, providing support to the Inclusion, Talent Management and Graduate Management Training Scheme workstreams. In October 2020, Ruth was appointed as Inclusion Co-ordinator supporting positive action programmes and inclusive leadership development across the team. Ruth has a passion for promoting a compassionate, inclusive and enabling culture within the organisation and across the systems within the region. As a carer herself, she is particularly keen to raise awareness of the issues faced by working carers and is a member of the carers network.  In April 2020, Ruth was appointed as one of the regional EDI representatives for the People Directorate, supporting the delivery of the regional EDI plan.

Ruth has a background in health and social care and has previously worked in education and training, as a social worker in older people’s mental health services, and 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.

Amber Ramans-Harborough – Leadership Development Co-ordinator

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I joined the team in 2018. Over the years, I have supported the EOE Graduate Management Training Scheme; my role is to work with organisations across our systems to identify and provide quality assurance of Scheme placements. ​As well as provide local support for our organisations and Trainees through training, events, networks, and matrix working across the broader leadership team.   

I get great satisfaction from being involved in a team that nurtures and supports compassionate leadership, personal development, and organisational growth within health and care systems.

I strive to create a safe space for Trainees to innovate, extend and demonstrate their skills, as future NHS leaders our alumni will lead the NHS through profound changes and help us to shape our services for improved patient care.

My background is in biological sciences, I have an MSc in Plant Genetics, and have previously worked as a research assistant. Outside of work, I enjoy drawing, and time outdoors.

William Dickens – GMTS Leadership Development Co-ordinator

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William gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies at Hartpury College and then progressed onto a Master’s Degree in Sports Therapy & Exercise Science. This enabled him to work within professional sports and the NHS, which he thoroughly enjoyed treating and assessing a variety of sports and occupational injuries. He then gained his PCAP teacher training graduating from the Higher Education Academy from his permanent role at University Centre Weston.  

William has gained valuable experience in previous settings of Education, where he worked as a Higher Education Lecturer, tutor and assessor in Sports Science across Somerset. Through his time of lecturing, William invested in ideas of personal development and the importance of leadership and reflection within his teacher training, this being the start of his own development from education into the NHS.  

William joined the NHS and the EoE Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team in December 2021 as a GMTS Leadership Development Coordinator. He is a friendly, approachable person that enjoys contributing to a team and organisation. He wishes to develop the GMTS, ensuring that personal development, experience and reflection being key features as part of the scheme for all graduates. He is passionate about progress and leadership in organisations and spent many years working with leaders and managers to develop work streams and outcomes.  

Ellie McNally – Business and Performance Officer

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I joined the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team in February 2021 as a Business and Performance Officer. Previously to the NHS, I worked in the private sector for four years as a Business and Sales Support to the CEO, helping to create and nourish a company culture to ensure people were able to grow to be the best versions of themselves.

This exposure to supporting colleagues, creating new workplace practices and developing leaders helped me realise my passion of encouraging nurturing workplace cultures, whilst aiming for each and every person to feel valued in their roles.

I moved to work within a NHS trust as an Administration Lead for almost a year before making the decision to apply to work with the LLL team. I knew my own personal values matched their’s, with the NHS People Plan at the base of everything we do. I’m looking forward to getting my feet under the desk and working within a passionate team which cares about their most valuable asset: the people.

Daniella Smith – Business Support Officer

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Catrina Thom – East of England Regional Talent Board Administrator

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I have a back ground within Primary Care having worked for the last four years in a GP surgery in Cambridge as a receptionist and medical administrator. I love working for the NHS as I enjoy being part of something that strives for providing excellent care and education in order to better the lives of many. I love the feeling that at the end of the day you go away and think ‘I have helped somebody today’. I am the administrator for the Talent Team in the East of England and am thrilled to to get to be part of this great team.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, walking my crazy dog Lola and attempting to bake cakes, although that is a skill that could definitely be improved!

Arthur Davis – Administrator

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Arthur joined the Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team for the East of England in January 2021 as the Leadership Development Administrator for the GMTS. Arthur came into the NHS with the goal of giving a human face to healthcare by championing the values of kindness, compassion and empathy, both on the frontline and behind the scenes.

Arthur studied for an undergraduate degree in social sciences and languages at UCL, followed by a Master’s degree in multi-disciplinary gender studies at Cambridge University. Their work focused on the sexual wellbeing of migrant populations and on ways of making sexual healthcare services more accessible to them. After working as an English teacher in Spain, Arthur joined the Covid-19 vaccination team at Addenbrooke’s hospital, before starting their role with GMTS.

Ashleigh Gombedza – GMTS Leadership Development Administrator

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Ashleigh joined the Leadership and Lifelong Learning Team in December 2021 as the Leadership Development Administrator for the GMTS. Ashleigh has a background in working within the Health and Social Care sector with adults and young adults in providing care and promoting independence.  

Ashleigh had also had the opportunity to work within HR in her previous role before joining the GMTS team. This included supporting and training staff within the healthcare sector in looking after patients and services users by leading training programmes such as medication training. In addition, Ashleigh has experience as a Mental Health first aider, facilitating mental health and well-being service for staff.  Alongside holding a degree in BSc (Hons) Public Health.

Ashleigh is passionate and excited about being able to support the team, trainees and being involved in a dynamic team that provides training and development for individuals to be the next future NHS Leaders.