Each cohort of 48 participants will work with a team of three tutors. One of these tutors will also act as a cohort director. The three tutors will also be your workshop tutors and action learning set facilitators throughout the whole programme. Your tutor will be assigned to you at the start of the programme.

Gillian Rooke is head of national programme delivery at the NHS Leadership Academy.


Gill has over twenty years’ experience working in the health sector, initially in various policy roles within the Department of Health before moving into business management with the national Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, managing ten regional units across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. After having her three children and completing a Masters in healthcare leadership, Gill moved into programme management at the Health Protection Agency (now part of Public Health England), leading on its national workforce development programme.


A move to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) saw her working closely with digital teams across England to improve their capability in Organisational Development (OD) and workforce development. Upon establishment of the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England), Gill joined the CCG Development Team leading on the leadership development needs of the newly established CCGs and working with the NHS Leadership Academy in designing and delivering a bespoke future clinical commissioning leaders programme, which is still running today. Her role at the NHS Leadership Academy is to lead the delivery of all the professional development programmes, to review and improve the design, delivery and accessibility of the programmes and to ensure that the programmes are fit to develop NHS leaders at all levels now and in the future.

Annette Neath is the University of Birmingham Programme Director for the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, and has responsibility for overseeing the design and delivery of the programme. 


Annette is an occupational psychologist and has extensive experience in organisational change, leadership and organisational development and NHS service improvement.  As an experienced coach, a particular area of interest is supporting newly promoted NHS leaders to make the transition into senior leadership roles.  Annette is also an experienced researcher with a strong track record of leading national/international research and NHS evaluation programmes.


Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2014, Annette held senior leadership positions for over twelve years, first with the NHS Modernisation Agency and then the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.  During her time with the NHS, Annette designed and delivered transformational change and leadership development programmes for NHS leaders including a leadership programme for NHS chief executives.

Ann Mahon oversees the design and delivery of the programme working with colleagues in the Consortium and she has responsibility for quality assurance.


Ann is a Senior Lecturer in the Health Group at MBS with particular interests in management education in health and the public sector. She combines her programme design and delivery expertise with her interests in writing and research. She is currently writing a book on “Learning and Personal Development for Public Sector Managers” and carrying out research looking at the effectiveness of action learning as an intervention in management education.


Ann has extensive experience of programme design, delivery and management. She held a senior leadership post in MBS as Associate Head of Teaching between 2010 and 2012.


Ann’s early career was spent working as a nurse in the NHS before training as a medical sociologist and working in community development. She has held academic posts for over twenty years and has training and qualifications in social policy, medical sociology, coaching and consultancy.

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