Our Academy of Specialists

The Healthskills Partners are supported by a diverse team of specialists from the commercial and public sectors.  Our Academy of Specialists bring a wealth of clinical and managerial leadership expertise and experience that spans the health, local government and prison service sectors.  This team enhances our ability to provide innovative and leading edge support to our clients.

Academy Members:
  • Bernie Brooks

    Bernie is a leadership and organizational development specialist with board level experience. He has worked as a practitioner, manager and consultant in the public and voluntary sectors at local, regional and national level. His professional interests include; the role of leadership in culture and place shaping, public sector policy – application and evaluation, governance and organisational form in public services, the role of groups and teams in organisational life and organisational discourse and narrative.

    Bernie works with the National School of Government as a member of faculty on the Cabinet Office Top Manager Programme – a senior leadership programme spanning the public, independent and private sectors.

    He was Head of Leadership and Organisation Development for a Strategic Health Authority (80,000 staff across Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and prior to that a Senior Fellow in Leadership at the Kings Fund - where he directed the Top Manager Programme and coordinated the consultancy practice.

  • John Aspden

    As an executive coach, John uses a solution-focused and evidence-based approach to motivate the client to identify and challenge unhelpful patterns of behaviour and build self-confidence by reinforcement of the clients’ strengths. Using a non-directive, often incisive approach to questioning, he draws on behavioural-change approaches using Cognitive-Behavioural, Transactional Analysis and Emotional Intelligence models to build a strong foundation for the client to develop flexibility and adaptability to lead and thrive in change situations.

    He also has board director level and senior consultancy experience in marketing and business development for blue-chip biotechnology and medical technology companies following an initial career in the NHS. He continues to work with private-sector professionals and public sector organisations at senior, executive and board levels where leadership and management performance is crucial. He coaches around Change Management, Political Astuteness, Resilience, Team-Working, Effective Communication, Innovation & Career Development.

    John also coaches around psychometric assessments such as Hogan Assessments, MBTI, DISC, Big5, i-Resilience and a range of 360 Degree Feedback models. This has helped clients and organisations understand their strengths and how they can build these competencies into their values to gain fresh perspectives.

  • Jon Billings

    Jon Billings is an executive-level strategist with the rare ability to develop narrative that connects the strategic to the operational. He is among the most experienced regulatory professionals in the UK health system having led design and delivery of multiple regulatory programmes in both provider and professional regulation across the UK and Ireland.

    A former NHS clinician and manager with twenty years experience of delivering frontline health services, Jon is passionate about bringing all his experience to bear to promote safer, better health and social care by helping organisations and professionals understand their strengths and weaknesses and navigate their complex worlds to deliver improvement.

  • Jude Goddard

    Jude is a highly skilled facilitator and organisational development consultant with over twenty-five years of public sector service. She was a Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships in a Primary Care Trust for five years, taking the lead in vital modernisation programmes in North Yorkshire.

    Jude holds an MA in Health Management and a BSc in Behavioural Science; and is also a qualified Mediator and non-practicing Psychotherapist.

    Jude is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Transactional Analysis; and has been commissioned by Healthskills to work with KPMG for the last four years focusing on board and team development and coaching.

    Work over the two years has focused on:
    • Organisational development and business planning with NHS Improving Quality, NHSElect. (Current)
    • Designing, developing and facilitating board to board workshops across health care organisations to enable them to create a way of working together to support governance and agree a supportive culture to deliver business. (Since 2010)
    • Team development for Senior Leadership Teams in educational Academy’s in Greater Manchester to improve performance and relationships as a team. (Current)
    • Carrying out board observation and working with boards Non Executives and Executive Directors Chief Execs, senior clinicians and wider teams to enable the writing and agreement of vision, mission and strategic direction for the coming year. (2013 and 2014)
    • Large scale facilitation for Commissioning organisations working with clinicians and senior managers to enable agreement to move forward on government reforms and secure best fit management arrangements. (Since 2007)
    • Professional coaching very senior staff as well as junior members of staff in Local Authorities, Education, Health and Social Care to enable individuals harness their personal power to their positive effect. (Ongoing)
    • Commissioned by NHS England to facilitate relationship breakdown of top team (2013-2014)

    Some of the clients that Jude works with include, NHS Improving Quality, Kirklees Local Authority, NHS Elect, National Gold Standards Framework, Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Service, Preston and Chorley CCG, Bury CCG, Mid Staffs NHSFT, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHSFT, KPMG, St Winifred’s School, Calderdale and Huddersfield Commissioning Support Unit, Hope Construction Materials, The Health Foundation, Northgate, Albion Academy.

  • Judith Taylor

    Judith Taylor is an experienced business coach, facilitator and organisational development consultant with over 18 years’ experience in leadership and organisational development across the private sector, NHS, local government and further education.

    Her early career was in private sector HR where she had opportunity to develop a proactive people development approach before moving to specialise in organisational and leadership development. She now works with leaders, boards and senior teams who want to optimise their own and their organisation’s effectiveness, and believes that the quality of leadership is the single most significant factor in achieving organisational success!

    Her specialist areas and particular interests are: working with senior teams to improve collaborative working, service development and quality outcomes, coaching for personal effectiveness, leadership development and mediation/conflict resolution. She is an experienced leadership skills trainer, action learning facilitator and an active coach on the Health Education East of England Accredited Coaching Register. She is particularly interested in staff engagement and the potential for organisational values to have a sustained positive impact on an organisation’s goals.

    Her style is pragmatic and focused on personal, team and organisational effectiveness. She holds chartered MCIPD, ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring, membership of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and is an accredited Healthcare Leadership Model 360 Facilitator.

  • Karen Greenwood

    Karen is an experienced executive coach and organisational development consultant with extensive expertise in partnership working across health and social care. She works with senior managers and clinicians to develop their leadership skills and skills for working within complex organizations in order to increase their effectiveness and design local workable solutions. Her particular interest is in systems based approaches for both individual and team coaching. She is qualified to use MBTI, Hogan and FIRO-B as diagnostic tools with individual and teams. Karen also offers coaching for career planning, career transitions and planning for retirement.

    Karen has fifteen years experience as a senior manager in the NHS working at Director and Board level. Since becoming an independent consultant over ten years ago she has worked with Health Organisations (including a particular focus on community and primary care), Local Authorities, Further Education Colleges and Voluntary and Community organisations to address their challenges and develop tailored offers to meet their needs. Karen works with individuals and organisations to develop and sustain new forms of collaboration to deliver change and improve the quality of services.

  • Lesley Cave

    Lesley believes that effective change and real service delivery only occurs through peoples’ willingness to adapt. Her strategic vision is tempered with a strong ability to deal with detail and tight deadlines. Lesley highly values integrity, openness and honesty.

    Lesley has excellent business and organisational skills. She is a highly motivated and determined leader with significant depth and breadth of knowledge and experience across the Public Sector & Private Sectors, she consistently delivers improvement. She uses compelling and persuasive influencing skills to build valuable partnerships and to instigate collaborative working. Lesley is adept at working beyond authority and across organisational boundaries. Lesley willingly accepts personal accountability for the delivery of challenging strategic objectives. She is politically astute in her drive for results.

  • Liam Stapleton

    Liam is an experienced development consultant, with experience in healthcare and with retailers including Boots and Superdrug. He has held senior learning and development, operations and commercial roles following clinical and academic roles as a pharmacist earlier in his career.

    Liam’s key skills lie in delivering high energy workshops that are both challenging and fun, and producing training support materials that are visually and mentally engaging help people apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt. His major interests are in helping clients utilise improved communication skills to become more effective in management, leadership and influence and helping teams manage their own motivation. The programmes that Liam runs use a range of metaphors to help participants grasp important concepts and then gives people space to put these concepts into their own context.

    As a coach and facilitator, Liam supports individuals and teams to better understand themselves or their situation, and draws out the skills and knowledge they already have to overcome problems and barriers. His action orientated approach leads to an increased level of self-reliance that encourages clients to move to the next level of performance.

    Liam lives with his wife and four children in Melton Mowbray, travelling throughout the UK and Ireland to deliver programmes. He is a keen cyclist and musician.

  • Miranda Coates

    After starting her career at the Leeds General Infirmary, Miranda worked for the Institute of Health Services Management and also for the Market Research Society. In 1997 she established herself as a training consultant working with public and third sector organisations.

    Miranda has worked across many different NHS offering training, facilitation and executive coaching. Alongside her strong experience of developing managers, whatever their background, and successfully growing their leadership skills; she has recently worked with CCGs supporting General Practices with Releasing Time for Care.

  • Sarah Faulkner

    Sarah is a successful and highly experienced leader specialising in health and social care consultancy and interim leadership. She has a track record of delivering complex strategic programmes, specialising in organisational change, and capability building. Her passion is connecting strategy and performance: enabling leaders, teams and individuals to work collaboratively and deliver high quality outcomes.

    Sarah has in-depth knowledge of health and social care policy having worked within a range of organisations in the NHS and the private consulting sector in her thirty-year career. More recently at the Centre for Workforce Intelligence she led complex programmes on the future shape of the workforce. As a PCT workforce director Sarah led leadership and workforce development across a health economy. She was instrumental in leading commissioning development as part of the world class commissioning process within a PCT and across a region. She also led the change process to support merger and development of a mental health trust.

    Sarah began her career as an NHS Graduate Management Trainee, holds a Diploma in Health Services Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

    She is also a ‘Visiting Fellow in Nursing and Integrated Care at Bucks New University’ and works in collaboration with Manchester Business School and the Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham.

  • Shirley Ficken

    Shirley Ficken is a People Development Practitioner and has a passion for working with organisations, teams and leaders who want to maximise their potential. She worked as an Internal Consultant in Financial Services for 25 years where she developed and delivered leadership development programmes, competency frameworks, performance and talent management practices in alignment with organisational goals and people strategies. Moving into other industries and sectors including NHS Trusts, Shirley has worked with a wide variety of leaders and specialist teams, facilitating interventions that enable them to recognise the impact of their personality and behaviour so that they can improve performance, motivation and wellbeing.

    Shirley has a Post Graduate Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching, a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) which exists to promote ethical practice in the profession. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a trained Action Learning Set facilitator and accredited in the use of a variety of personality psychometrics. Clients typically find Shirley to be good humoured, challenging yet supportive.

  • Tally Kandola

    Tally is a skilled and knowledgeable organisational development and change consultant with over ten years’ experience of working as a senior OD professional in healthcare. She works with senior managers to develop organisational cultures that align to the business vision, and improve the experience of employees and service users. She has worked on large-scale culture change projects with a particular focus on defining and embedding values and behaviours through transactional processes and procedures to create transformational culture change.Tally is also passionate about creating wellbeing cultures and working with organisations to develop wellbeing strategies and implementation plans that are aligned to business goals.

    Tally has a very professional, compassionate, open and engaging style and excellent interpersonal skills.

    Tally holds a CIPD Diploma in Learning and Development, ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring and is an accredited MBTI Facilitator and Practitioner. She is currently studying a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

  • Val Irvin

    Val has over 30 year’s experience in the area of personal and organisational development gained from working in the public and private sectors, including the NHS and higher education. Her main focus os on leadership, organisational development and change management and her clients are primarily chief executives, directors and senior managers.

    Val has particular interest in 1:1 and small group interventions including coaching, action learning sets and team facilitation. She is passionate about helping others develop their effectiveness and to bring about real and lasting change.

    Val is a qualified user of psychometric tests at levels A and B, including Myers Briggs Type Indicator, 16PFS and the Hogan Development Survey. She is also accredited to use 360° degree feedback on a range of tools including the Transformational Leadership Questionnaire and is a trained workplace mediator.

    Val is also a facilitator at the Leadership Trust, one of the leading centres for leadership development in the UK.

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