We have brought together a world-class expert faculty of global business leaders, educationalists and practitioners. Programme participants will have unique opportunities to learn from and talk with each of them.

Programme directors

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Professor Judith Smith

Professor Judith Smith PhD is Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, UK.


Judith is a highly experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015.  This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable research foundation in London.


Judith’s main research interests are: the organisation and management of primary care; long-term conditions and integrated care; health commissioning; the development and evaluation of health care organisation and service delivery; and health care management and culture.


Earlier in her career, Judith spent 12 years at HSMC, holding the positions of Senior Lecturer, Director of Research, and Academic Director of the NHS Management Training Scheme. From 2007 to 2009, Judith was based in New Zealand as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington and working as an advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Early in her career she was a senior manager in the NHS.


Judith is a Non-executive Director of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Judith’s other roles have included being an expert advisor on NHS organisation and commissioning, and policy assessor to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, a member of the board of the UK Health Services Research Network and the European Health Management Association, and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Commission on Models of Care.

Professor Naomi Chambers
Professor Naomi Chambers


Naomi Chambers is professor of healthcare management at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) at the University of Manchester.


Additional roles include lay member / vice chair of NHS North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.


Her wide range of teaching, advisory and research interests include health care commissioning, board governance and effectiveness in the public and charitable sectors, leadership development in the NHS, health policy and management in Europe, primary care, emergency planning, eHealth and clinical costing.


Naomi has previously been director of executive education at AMBS (2006/7), head of the health management group at AMBS (2008-20013) and President of the European Health Management Association (2007-2010).


She is currently the University of Manchester lead for two programmes designed and delivered in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy: the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme for aspiring senior leaders and the Nye Bevan programme for aspiring directors.  Together these programmes have 1800 registered participants each year.

Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster is a Director in KPMG UK’s Public Sector and Health team.


Andrew joined KPMG in December 2015 and works across public services and healthcare.  He combines his expertise in social care, local government and health with thirty years’ experience of leading service change in complex public service systems.  Prior to joining KPMG, Andrew was the National Director at Local Government Association for Care and Health leading work on Care Reform, Health Integration, Health and Well Being Boards, Service Improvement, Devolution and Commissioning (2013-15).


Previously Andrew has been an advisor to the Department of Health, the Home Office, NHS London and a range of local councils. An experienced facilitator, he has consulted with and trained leaders in health and social care organisations. Andrew also has experience of working closely with Turning Point, a leading social enterprise delivering social care to people with complex needs including mental ill health, substance misuse and learning difficulties.


Andrew has been a Cohort Director for the Nye Bevan programme for Intake 4, and works closely with our two other Programme Directors in relation to the ongoing development of the Nye Bevan programme.



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