We are passionate throughout the organisation about delivering better health through a better skilled workforce. We have two main bodies that set and direct our activities to help us achieve this.
Skills for Health Board members come from a broad spectrum of large health care employers and together they set out and are accountable for Skills for Health’s:
- Strategic leadership
Our Executive team is the most senior management team in the organisation, and it has the responsibility to deliver successful outcomes that fulfil the strategic direction set by the Board.
Bob Abberley - TUC Representative
Bob Abberley started his career working in the operating theatre of Hereford Hospital and his trade union career started in 1979. Bob was a trade union officer of COSHE from 1979 to 1993; he spent most of his trade union career working in health and as UNISON’s head of health from 1993 to 2002. Bob was Assistant General Secretary of UNISON from 2002 until 2013.
He is a member of the TUC General Council and has served on a number of Government bodies including the NHS Task Force on Staff Involvement in Decision Making, NHS Modernisation Board, NHS University and NHS Ministerial Sounding Board. He chaired the NHS Widening Participation in Learning Steering Group. He served as a member of the community cohesion review team chaired by Ted Cantle, following the race riots in 2001. Bob also serves as a member of NIACE Partnership Council and is a Board Member of Managers in Partnership, Care Connect Learning, Unilearn and the College of Operating Department of Practitioners.
Robert Calderwood - Chief Executive NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Robert joined the NHS as an Administrative Trainee, commencing his first substantive post with Argyll and Clyde Health Board in May 1974.
Robert joined Greater Glasgow Health Board in 1985 as Unit Administrator for Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General Hospital Unit.
In August 1988 he was appointed Director of Property and Strategic Planning at Greater Glasgow Health Board. He became Unit General Manager for the Southern General Hospital Unit in April 1991 and became its first Chief Executive on achieving Trust status in 1993.
He was appointed Chief Executive for both the Southern General Hospital and Victoria Infirmary NHS Trusts in November 1997.
In April 2003, in addition to his substantive post in South Glasgow, Robert took on the role of Programme Director for the implementation of the Board's Acute Services Strategy.
Following the restructuring of NHS Greater Glasgow, in October 2005 Robert was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Acute Services Division. This role was expanded to include the acute elements of Clyde in April 2006 when NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was formed.
Robert was appointed Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with effect from 1 April 2009.
Fiona Calnan - Independent Member
Fiona Calnan was CEO of UK Specialist Hospitals (UKSH) from 2007 until 2013, having previously served on the Board as Finance Director since February 2005. UKSH was founded in 2004 and is an elective surgery provider delivering services, on behalf of the NHS, across the South West.
Fiona moved into the healthcare sector after many years working in senior positions within financial services. Fiona is also a member of the Board of the NHS Partners Network.
Gerald Davies - Senior Advisor to the Board of Metapraxis
Gerald worked for thirty years in the City in a variety of senior management roles including most recently, ten years as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. His roles at Deutsche Bank ranged from Head of European Institutional Sales to Head of Relationship Management for its Global Markets division in Europe. He left the City in 2009 to study for an MSc in Finance and Development (Economics) at SOAS, University of London.
Following his MSc he has assembled a portfolio of work in the commercial and voluntary sectors. He is the Senior Advisor to the Board of Metapraxis, a business analysis enterprise. He is a Trustee (chairing the Audit Committee) of the Brandon Trust, which supports over 1500 adults and children with learning difficulties. In addition he has run a business start-up competition in schools.
Gerald's interest in the charity sector has recently been reinforced by completing a Postgraduate Diploma in grantmaking, philanthropy and social enterprise at the Cass Business School. He is a keen runner and enjoys long distance walking. He is married with three children and lives in London.
Dr Kate Fallon - Independent Member
Until 2015, Kate was CEO of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the new community trusts established in 2010.
Kate was born and educated in the North East of England. She studied for her first degree at Oxford University and undertook her medical studies at Newcastle upon Tyne, where she qualified as a doctor in 1978.
She moved to the North West to train as a GP and was a Principal in Wigan for over twenty years.
Early in her career she started to follow her special interest in improving healthcare services for patients, often challenging traditional patterns of care delivery within the NHS.
In 1997 she was asked to become a part-time Clinical Director at the local hospital group in Wigan, where she helped establish a range of innovative care pathways for patients with conditions such as diabetes, lung problems and cancer.
In 2002 she was appointed Medical Director to the newly established Primary Care Trust, being responsible for maintaining professional standards and high quality care. Adding to that role, in 2004 she left her GP practice to develop the community services which had transferred to the PCT.
As a former GP, Kate is passionate about improving services for patients and families and has championed the concept of integrated care, both locally and nationally, for more years than she cares to remember. She was a member of the Transforming Community Services Board at the Department of Health.
She is a founder member of the Network for Aspiring Community Foundation Trusts and serves on the DoH Modernising Health Visiting Task Force.
Chris Hannah - Chair of Skills for Health
Chris Hannah has three decades of experience in NHS management, holding a number of Chief Executive positions. She was Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority from 2002 – 2006. She ran her own consultancy business for seven years specialising in Board development.
Currently, as well as chairing the Skills for Health Board she is also Chair of Alternative Futures Group, a health and social care charity specialising in supporting people with a range of needs including learning disabilities and mental health concerns.
Chris is also a lay member and vice-chair of West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group which is responsible for the health and healthcare of a population of 250,000 people, where she supports the CCG clinical chair as the senior lay member/non-executive director and chairs the commissioning delivery committee and appointments and remuneration committee.
Rory Love - Consultant
Rory Love, BA (Hons), joined the Skills for Health Board upon the merger with Skills for Justice (SfJ) in 2015. He had previously been a Board Member and Trustee of SfJ since 2012, when SfJ became the Sector Skills Council for Local Government, where Rory has served for 30 years as an elected councillor, and held several senior roles.
His local government experience includes serving as Leader of Shepway District Council for 4 years, and holding key positions in local government regionally, nationally, and internationally. In his current role as Cabinet Member for Customers, Communications, and Digital Delivery at Shepway District Council, he is responsible for enhancing the customer experience, promoting digital-by-default services, and driving down costs to the taxpayer. He is also the strategic lead on corporate and customer communications.
He also served for six years as Deputy Chairman of the former Kent Probation Board.
Rory runs his own consultancy, specialising in local government, politics, and campaigning. His previous experience included 12 years to 1998 in the financial services sector, where he was a Customer Services Manager for Girobank plc, and a Development & Training Consultant with the former Alliance & Leicester Building Society.
Rory and his wife live in Folkestone, Kent.
Iain Macdonald - Independent Member
Iain Macdonald was Chief Financial Officer of Fairfield Energy Limited until 2014, having joined the company at the beginning of 2010. Prior to joining Fairfield, Iain spent 30 years at BP. He held a number of technical, commercial and managerial posts in the Exploration and Chemicals divisions including Chief Executive Acetyls. He then moved to Group finance roles, initially running planning and performance management before taking on the Group Controller role. His last job there was as Deputy Group CFO, running the finance function. Iain has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University College London.
Hugh McCaughey - Chief Executive, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Hugh McCaughey became Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, the second largest health trust in the region, on 1 June 2009. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust from April 2007.
Hugh brings a wealth of experience and skills having joined the NHS in 1985 as a National Management Trainee. In the early 1990s, he oversaw early reforms in Community Care in Co Fermanagh, later becoming Director of Hospital Services for Omagh/Fermanagh. He worked at Director level, in the Royal Group of Hospitals, for a decade from the mid-1990s with responsibility for Planning, Performance, Information and Organisational Development.
Hugh has a particular interest and experience in leading service change, performance systems and improving health and social care services. He is chair of the Northern Ireland Cancer Network.
Hugh is a former Council member of Sport NI and chaired the Sports Institute, Northern Ireland, which is responsible for the development of some of Northern Ireland's best athletes from 2005-2008. In 2009 he managed the Irish Sevens in the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai, and he has coached Ulster under 21s and under 18s. He is married to Shirley and has three children, Ross, Tory and Ben.
John Rogers - Chief Executive of Skills for Health
John Rogers has been the Chief Executive of Skills for Health since its establishment in April 2002. Skills for Health (SfH) is the UK Sector Skills Council for Health, covering some 2 million staff across the public, independent and voluntary sectors. SfH is licensed by the Department for Education and Skills and is supported by the four UK Departments of Health.
John was Chief Executive of Healthwork UK (the National Training Organisation for Health) between 2000 and 2002. He has worked in the health sector for the last 16 years, during which time he has been involved in national workforce development - as a Director at the NHS Training Authority and at a national level with the Department of Health. In earlier years, John worked with the private manufacturing sector on national workforce development. He led innovative work on competence-based development in the 1980s, including new approaches to workplace assessment and the development of vocational awards achieved through workplace development.
John is a well-known figure across workforce development in the UK and is a member of a range of national boards.
Allison Williams - Chief Executive, Cwm Taf Health Board
Born and brought up in Swansea, Allison started her NHS career in London where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Nursing in 1989. Her early clinical career in women’s health led her to take up a lecturing post in Southampton University from where she returned to Wales in the early 1990s as a Genetic Counsellor based in Cardiff.
For several years she combined her clinical practice and lecturing activities with an expanding general management portfolio before deciding to step into a full-time management career in 1995.
From an Associate Director post on the Board of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Allison moved to Edinburgh in 2000 and returned again to Wales in 2003 to take up post as Chief Executive of Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust.
Between 2008 and 2009 Allison worked in the Strategy Unit of the Welsh Assembly Government Department of Health and Social Services and then as Interim Chief Executive at Velindre NHS Trust.
Allison has led a number of clinical change programmes at an organisational, Regional and National level , the most recent of which has been with Dr Chris Jones developing the National strategy "Setting the Direction". As Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health for Cwm Taf Health Board from 2009, Allison has led the implementation of this programme locally as well as taking the lead Director role for the National Assurance Board. In 2011 Allison became Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Health Board. She is passionate about high quality patient care, clinical leadership and empowering staff to deliver.
David Wood - Consultant
David Wood has had a long career in public service, He served 31 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, in many roles, up to the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner, in 2000 he was seconded to Northern Ireland upon the creation of the Police Ombudsman’s Office, spending 6 years as the Ombudsman’s operational deputy providing the new police accountability mechanisms there introduced by Patten Reforms, and then moved to London, as Director and subsequently CEO of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.
In 2008 he moved to the UK Border Agency as a Board member with various roles including the deputy CEO. In 2013 Immigration Enforcement was formed in the Home Office and David became the Director General.
David is now a consultant providing criminal justice and security solutions.
David holds a MA in policing and criminal justice studies from Exeter University and a post-graduate diploma in applied criminology at Cambridge University.
John Rogers - Chief Executive
John Rogers has been the Chief Executive of Skills for Health since its establishment in April 2002. Prior to this John was the Chief Executive of Healthwork UK, the national health training organisation, between 2000 and 2002.
He has worked in the health sector for the last 16 years, during which time he has been involved in national workforce development as a Director at the NHS Training Authority and at a national level with the Department of Health.
Sam Gallaher - Executive Director - Business & Services Development
Sam Gallaher heads the Business Development, Consultancy & Research Directorate focused on supporting local health employers with skills development, workforce and service redesign.
Sam has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors mostly working in and with health sector organisations. From a background in construction, capital planning and investment, Sam progressed from positions in health estate management to leading major organisational change.
In the early 1990s Sam was involved with The Resource Management initiative leading a major IT and OD programme in a large teaching hospital. From 1996 Sam was Regional Director with the specialist health intelligence and benchmarking consultancy, CHKS with responsibility for most of the UK and Ireland.
Candace Miller - Executive Director - Learning Services and Consultancy
Candace heads the Consultancy, Research and Learning Services directorate, supporting organisations to gain outstanding results through skills development, workforce and service re-design, and organisational development.
Candace has had an extensive career at the forefront of vocational education and training developments within the U.K. After several years working for a major awarding organisation, during which time she led a research programme exploring the requirements for effective workplace education, Candace set up and ran a successful research and development consultancy. From the early 1990’s until she joined Skills for Health, Candace led, or participated in, a range of government led and/or sector based initiatives, all designed to drive up the quality of vocational education and training, and ensure effective employer leadership of skills development.
As well as her role on the Executive team at Skills for Health, Candace is Director of the National Skills Academy for Health.
Christina Pond - Executive Director – Core Contracts & Policy
Christina Pond joined Skills for Health in 2005 and has responsibility for the development of SfH position on, and response to, Health, Education and Skills Policy through the development of national occupational standards, qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks that support learning supply and facilitate skills.
Christina qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1980 and practiced clinically for ten years before moving into the first of a series of operational management posts and strategic leadership roles in the Health Service.
In January 1998, she became Chief Executive of East Berkshire Trust for People with Learning Disabilities and moved to the Department of Health in September 2000 as Head of Learning and Performance Processes.
From 2001 to July 2005 she worked for the NHS Leadership Centre initially as a National Programme Director for Team and Network Leadership and subsequently as Acting Director of the Centre.
Adam Causon - Executive Director - Finance & Corporate Services