CfWI Advisory Panel for Health and Social Care

Now operating in its sixth year, the CfWI has transitioned its existing governance board into a new advisory panel. This newly-created influential advisory panel will bring together the voice of stakeholders across the health, public health and social care landscape and build on the talents, experience and expertise of the previous governance board.

With the support of the CfWI and its commissioners, the following terms of reference for the new panel have been agreed:

  1. To provide the CfWI with independent strategic advice about the sector and high level views about changing service needs and the potential workforce implications by listening to external stakeholders.
  2. To liaise with external stakeholders over the relevance and quality of the CfWI’s work.
  3. To signpost advice from national and international experts in the sector.

The new Advisory Panel for Health and Social Care will meet quarterly.

Sir Neil McKay CB is chair of the CfWI Advisory Panel for Health and Social Care.Formerly joint vice-chair of the CfWI governance board, Sir Neil has spent the majority of his career in the NHS, entering as a trainee administrator in 1970. Since then he has operated at senior levels across the NHS around the country including Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for the whole NHS. Sir Neil is also a former Chief Executive of the NHS Midlands and East Cluster and now operates as a freelance management consultant.

Greg Allen
is the managing director for the CfWI. His career includes executive roles in NHS commissioning, provision and policy – as well as a decade in the private sector. Greg’s background is in economics and operations and he is an expert in HR, OD and health workforce planning & development.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and he is passionate about service delivery and working in partnership. Greg has held a number of national NHS responsibilities including employer-side chair of the NHS Staff Council (pay negotiation) and member of the Social Partnership Forum.  Currently, he is a member of the NHS Employers Policy Board and also a member of the Department of Health’s Health & Care Partnership. He is an alumni of the NHS Top Leaders Programme.  Follow Greg on Twitter @GregAllenUK.

anet Horton is Mouchel’s local public services director. She began her career in the public sector, spending nearly 10 years undertaking a variety of roles, focussed on the transformation and improvement of public service. Since then, Janet has worked with private sector organisations in support of the public sector – at Syntegra, BT, Capita and CSC. Janet is an experienced and successful business executive with a track record of successfully applying innovative thinking and new ways of working to situations, solving complex business issues for clients.

Dr Kate Langford
is the medical/clinical director for the CfWI. Kate is both a practising consultant obstetrician and an experienced medical leader. She is currently a Deputy Medical Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she leads on workforce and leadership development. In addition to her medical qualifications, Kate has an MBA from the Westminster Business School which gives her an ability to combine clinical experience with business skills. Kate is the Deputy Chair of the BMA Committee of Medical Managers and an Associate Editor to the RCOG TOG journal. Follow Kate on Twitter @KateSLangford.

Giles Denham CBE is director of workforce at the Department of Health. He has been in the role since April 2014 and was previously the director of the medicines, pharmacy and industry group between June 2009 and March 2014. Giles was director of policy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and a member of its management board from 2005. He was seconded to the Foreign Office in 2004, to work as director civil affairs in the Coalition Provision Authority, Baghdad. Between 2001 and 2003 Giles was head of policy for children, older people and social care at the Department of Health Earlier in his career, he spent five years as chief executive of a London postgraduate teaching hospital; he has also worked in the Treasury.

Michael Lockwood is chief executive of the London Borough of Harrow. He has also served as Executive Director for local government finance and policy at the Local Government Association and has over 15 years of chief executive experience in local government. Alongside Harrow, Michael has also served as chief executive of Elmbridge Borough Council. He is a qualified CIPFA accountant with a background in audit and a wealth of experience across public and private sectors. He has worked in central government at the National Audit Office and in the private sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dr J –P van Besouw
is president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He trained in London and Australia prior to his appointment as consultant in 1990, with a major interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia. As a member of council he has been involved in the development and delivery of strategic policies in relation to training, examinations, recruitment and workforce planning. In 2013 Dr van Besouw was elected Vice-Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He is an elected governor of St George’s Hospital. He is a past chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) and has been a member of a number of national working parties on cardiothoracic related issues. He is a reviewer for a number of anaesthetic journals and a member of the BJA Board. He has published articles and lectured widely on cardiothoracic and examinations related topics.

Candace Imison is director of healthcare systems at the Nuffield Trust, a new position on its senior management team since December 2014. Candace leads a new stream of work at the Nuffield Trust looking at future models of care in hospitals, the role of technology in improving health system efficiency, and the future of the health and social care workforce. Her research will complement the Nuffield Trust’s highly respected qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation teams. She joined the Nuffield Trust from The King's Fund, where she led projects on a wide range of topics including community health services, workforce planning and the role of polyclinics. Prior to this she worked at the Department of Health leading a major workforce modernisation initiative, as well as workforce element of the original Wanless Review. Candace has also held a number of senior management and board level posts within several hospitals and commissioners.
d sowdenProfessor David Sowden
has been a GP since 1979 and has held several high profile appointments in his career including Dean of Postgraduate Medicine at Nottingham University, Director of Education and Quality (interim) for the Health Education England transition and Chair of the English Deans Committee. David’s past experience includes being an educational advisor to the DH for pandemic flu and the senior responsible owner for Modernising Medical Careers, overseeing the expansion of GP training places in 2009.

Danny Mortimer
is chief executive officer of NHS Employers. He took on the role in November 2014 from his role as director of workforce and strategy at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Danny has a degree in politics at York University and worked as a porter and health care assistant before becoming a regional trainee in the West Midlands. Danny's other roles have included Personnel Manager and General Manager at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and Deputy Director of Personnel at Brighton Health Care. His first director post was a joint role for Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and Western Sussex PCT. He subsequently became director of HR and Organisational Development at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust 

Ruth May
is regional chief nurse for NHS England (Midlands and East) and is based in Cambridge. She was previously Nurse Director for the NHS Midlands and East strategic health authority and Chief Nurse at NHS East of England. Ruth is the senior responsible owner for Action Area 5 of the NHS England 'Compassion in Practice' implementation plans: ‘ensuring we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place’ and is also leading the development of an NHS England 'How to' guide with support from nurses across England. Ruth is an active member of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum and has a theatre nursing background and nearly 30 years experience of working in the NHS.

Roy Taylor CBE
is the independent chair of Care Management Group’s Quality Assurance Forum and Safeguarding Board. He retired as England’s longest serving director of social services in 2009 and now continues to mentor senior managers. A former president of the Association of Directors, Roy led work on direct payments, mentoring of black and minority ethnic managers and on civil contingency. He was a national director for pandemic flu and social care. He received a CBE for contributions to social services.



Professor Stephen Welfare is the director of his own consultancy specialising in workforce strategy and leadership in health and social care. Until recently he was the National Transition Director for Health Education England and was previously Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Midlands and East SHA, responsible for a population of 15m across a quarter of England. He has held a number of other Board positions in the NHS including as a Chief Executive. He has chaired and been a member of numerous National Workforce Groups, including the NHS Leadership Council, as well as having undertaken consultancy work in healthcare nationally and internationally. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex as well as the University of Pavia in Italy and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University. He is a Fellow of the CIPD and recently received a President’s Lifetime Award from his UK professional healthcare association. He is also a voluntary National Ambassador for the Princes Trust charity.