CfWI Leadership Team

Greg Allen is the managing director for 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.

Mark Garvey is responsible for contracts and finance. Mark is a fully qualified and experienced programme manager, and has managed a number of large and complex programmes. He has experience and specialisms in a number of fields, such as programme management, procurement and service review. He has a broad knowledge of all areas of local government service delivery, from planning to benefits to education and social care.

Rachel Joint is responsible for stakeholder engagement and communications. Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in journalism and communications, including work with central government, local government and the private sector. In recent years she has focused predominately on the health and education sectors and was a communications consultant with the Mouchel team supporting the Healthy Schools programme at DH and Department for Education prior to joining the CfWI team. Follow Rachel on Twitter @racjoint.

Grant Fitzner is director of analytics, responsible for leading the analytical and modelling teams and the delivery of robust modelling and analysis. Grant has worked in a range of senior analyst roles in both public and private sectors, successfully leading several high-performing research teams. He previously worked as a consultant at Monitor, the NHS sector regulator. He was also chief analyst at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and director of employment market analysis and research at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Follow Grant on Twitter @GrantFitzner.



Stella Okeahialam MBE is operations director and is responsible for the effective delivery of the CfWI programmes and projects. Stella has extensive experience delivering strategic programmes in economic development, regeneration and community renewal.  Prior to joining CfWI, her roles included director of programmes at the Institute for Sustainability, head of skills and employment at the London Development Agency and Programme Director at Croydon Enterprise. Stella also has experience in the healthcare sector where she started her career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Stella was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her services to business and enterprise.



Kate Langford is the medical/clinical director for 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.