Cat Smith appointed as Skills for Health Senior Workforce Analyst


By Skills for Health | 24 January 2024

Cat Smith, a workforce specialist, has joined Skills for Health as our new Senior Workforce Analyst.

Cat is a workforce specialist with over 20 years’ experience in leading and conducting evidence-based research, analysis, and evaluation in the public sector in support of both strategic workforce policy and operations.

Most recently Cat worked for the Department of Health and Social Care leading on the evidence base to support nursing and apprenticeship expansion. Cat has also worked across Defence, including workforce modelling for the Royal Navy, leading the development and delivery of the suite of Armed Forces personnel attitudinal surveys, as well as providing stakeholder and technical oversight to an innovative people research programme delivered jointly by industry and academia. Cat is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Operational Research Society.

“Having spent the past two years working in the Department of Health and Social Care, I was attracted to the Workforce Development Trust due to the variety of organisations it works with and breadth of integrated services it offers in improving workforce outcomes. I am keen to use the knowledge that I have built, alongside my experience of research and analysis in Defence, Health, and the wider public sector, to improve work and workforce outcomes in a broad range of organisations.”

Cat joins Skills for Health, part of The Workforce Development Trust group, also incorporating Skills for Justice, SFJ Awards and People 1st International, and will be working with clients to help them make evidence informed decisions about the needs of their current workforce – and the needs of their future workforce.

Jon Freegard, Practice Principal for Workforce Development comments: “The whole team is really excited to be working with Cat. Cat’s levels of knowledge, skills and experience very much complements our approach to projects with clients across the sectors we serve. Cat has such a broad range of interests and capabilities, we were delighted to welcome her into Skills for Health. I look forward to developing new and existing products and services together into 2024.”

Want to talk about your workforce development opportunities? Get in touch with Skills for Health today.


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