National Workforce Advisory Board

The aim of the Board is to develop a thought-provoking but action orientated approach to driving the workforce agenda forward, particularly at the highest levels of organisations. We intend to provide modern and progressive thinking with real-world examples of how the public sector, as a whole and together, can address the changing wants and needs and demographics of the workforce as well as the rapidly evolving technologies or broader circumstances that are impacting on the workforce requirements of the employer.

Chaired by Mike Cooke, CEO of Camden Council, the board comprises some of the most influential and forward thinking voices in the public realm with representatives from local and central government, health, education, not for profit and charity sectors.

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Mike has been the Chief Executive of LB Camden for the last six and a half years. He has extensive experience of partnership working across London. Until recently he was the CELC lead on children and chaired the London Safeguarding Children Board.

Mike also led a pan London transformation of sexual health services and is the lead borough representative on the North Central London STP. Before becoming chief executive, Mike was Director of Housing and Adult Social Care in Camden and before that Director of Organisation Development.

Prior to Camden, Mike was an HR Director for eight years in the financial services sector. When asked to sum up his career Mike explains that he has specialised in helping organisations change and transform to achieve their core purposes.

Althea is the Strategic Director for Resources at Brent Council, where she has oversight of finance, property and FM, HR and OD, ICT and digital services, legal services and procurement, customer services, citizenship and registrars as well as commercial services. Prior to Brent Althea was Chief Operating Officer at Waltham Forest Council, initially joining the council as Director of Human Resources and Transformation.

Over her 25-year career Loderick has enjoyed roles across local government and large national public sector organisations, as well as having worked in organisation development within a private sector consultancy. She is passionate about high-quality public services and having spent 10 years of her career as an operational manager in supported housing before going into HR and OD, she remains focused on the ways corporate services should enable the successful delivery of business and organisation priorities to ultimately empower citizens to improve their lives.

Elaine joined UCAS as Head of HR in July 2017. Her experience within human resources and organisational development spans over 20 years, and Elaine has worked across both private and public sectors.

Elaine started her career in TSB Bank as a cashier, but within two years moved into organisation development. She worked for a number of large financial institutions, establishing a strong track record in cultural change, leadership, and organisational development.

For the last ten years, Elaine has worked in the public sector in a variety of leadership roles, utilising and consolidating her expertise in people development, organisation design, strategy and effectiveness, wellbeing, and HR.

Leon Hinton is Executive Director of HR and OD at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. He brings a wealth of experience, having worked in a number of hospitals in the NHS over the past 17 years. He holds Chartered Member status with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; a Master of Chemistry degree from the University of Warwick and postgraduate degrees in Human Resources Management (University of Wolverhampton) and Strategic Workforce Planning (University of West London). Leon also holds financial accreditation and has studied with the Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Leon was an integral part of the leadership team at Great Ormond Street Hospital who won the national HPMA award in 2015 for improved HR capability. He is currently leading the work on the Trust’s refreshed Workforce Strategy following the achievement of the regional CIPD award for HR team of the year in 2017.

Sally has Assistant Director of Human Resources at Hertfordshire County Council for just over two years. Prior to this she was Head of HR for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park leading the people function of the London Legacy Development Corporation at the London Olympic site. Before this Sally was Head of Human Resources for The Scout Association.

Sally is also Envoy Member, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Chair, Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Alliance; Trustee, London Playing Fields Foundation.

Ali Layne-Smith graduated from Durham University in 1991 and has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Learning, and Organisation Development gained in large and medium sized international organisations. She has also worked within the public sector in the UK.

Ali joined West Midlands Police as the force’s first Director of People & Organisation Development in January 2017. Her role is to lead the department to ensure that the force has the people and organisational skills and capabilities necessary to be a great place to work for our officers and staff.

Matthew is HR Consultant – Public Sector, Executive Interim. In his role as Consultant Matthew specialises in placing senior level interims into Human Resources roles across the Public Sector.

Kerry is Head of People and Development at British Transport Police having recently joined from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service where she was Head of HR & OD. Before the fire service Kerry was previously with BTS as Head of HR – Force Restructure. Kerry has a track record in leading on the implementation of strategic and generalist HR management, including transformational change to improve operational performance by understanding the customer needs.

Corinne is People and Organisational Development Director at Alzheimer’s Society, having joined in October 2018. Prior to this she was Director of Corporate Services at Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Before joining RNIB in 2012, Corinne was Deputy Director of Finance and Human Resources at The Learning Trust, and previously undertook senior human resources roles at London Borough of Brent, Ofsted and Marks and Spencer.

Since April 2017 Corinne has been responsible for RNIB's Corporate Services teams, drawing together two years of design and development to launch a new organisation operating model in January 2017 including realignment of senior leadership team accountabilities, high level service model resourcing and culture change initiatives necessary to see RNIB grow in terms of profile, influence and customer reach.

Caroline is HR Director for the Financial Ombudsman. She is also the Immmediate Past President of the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA). A solid HR Director known for pragmatic outcome based solutions. Priot to joining the Financial Ombudsman Caroline was Director of HR and OD at oneSource, a shared back office service supporting several London borough council

Jenny is HR Director of Southern Housing Group and prior to this was HR Director of Northbrook College Sussex, Brighton MET and Sussex Police.

Jenny has been a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) since 2003 and possesses over 15 years’ experience at Director level within the HR profession across a range of sectors including Housing, Further Education, the Police Service and Royal Mail

Mari is Director of People Services at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. She has been with the council for 15 in HR and other services including 3 years as a strategic manager as part of the management team. She has predominantly worked in Local Government but also as a Consultant for a variety of private sector organisations. An experienced service manager, Mari has held responsibility for HR, OD, Housing Services, Family Support Team, Revenues & Benefits and Community Development.

Lynne is HR Director of Buckinghamshire Fire Service. Lynne joined the Authority in July 2010 to head up the Human Resources function and support the Authority’s modernisation agenda. She brings a wealth of change management experience from a range of sectors and is committed to shaping the future and promoting the Authority’s vision and values. Prior to joining the fire service Lynne was Head of HR for East Thames Group.

Julie is Managing Director at Penna. She is a nationally renowned recruiter of 30 years. She is a national commentator on leadership in public sector and was a member of the Guardian Public Service Advisory Board for two years. Julie is regularly called upon by the LGA to work on high profile, complex assignments where market intelligence, rigour and high standards of probity are required.

Jason is Lead Consultant – HR, Public Sector at Penna. He leads the specialist HR practice to provide specific focus on Search and Interim management recruitment for senior Human Resources roles across the whole of the public sector and to develop and enhance the Penna Interim management practice further in this space.

He has over 16 years HR experience working in roles across Central Government, Local Government and Health in permanent and interim management roles.

Lee is Director of People Services at Westminster City Council with ownership of the full HR agenda. He is an HR Director with an extensive track record of transformational change in a wide variety of generalist and functional HR roles within BT including Vice President HR BT Global Customer Service and HR Vice President BT Government and Health.