The Mary Seacole programme has been created by the NHS Leadership Academy in conjunction with internationally renowned business and academic experts Korn Ferry Hay Group.

Gill Rooke, Head of National Programme Delivery, NHS Leadership Academy

Gillian Rooke, Senior Operations Manager
Gillian Rooke, Senior Operations Manager

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.

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