• NHS England confirms the leaders for 41 of 44 “sustainability and transformation plan” footprints
  • List includes 18 provider chief executives, 18 CCG leaders and three from local authorities
  • Three areas yet to confirm their STP lead

NHS England has confirmed the individuals who will lead five year transformation programmes for NHS services in 41 areas of England.

Eight of the leaders had already been named, including two local authority chief executives, and the updated list includes one further council executive, the director of adult social care at Nottinghamshire County Council.

The leaders of three geographic “footprints” – Norfolk and Waveney, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and Coast, Humber and Vale – have still not been confirmed.


  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear - Mark Adams (Chief Officer, Newcastle Gateshead CCG)
  • West, North and East Cumbria - Stephen Eames (Chief Executive, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Durham, Darlington and Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby - Alan Foster (Chief Executive, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria - Dr Amanda Doyle OBE (Chief Clinical Officer, Blackpool CCG)
  • West Yorkshire   - Rob Webster (Chief Executive designate, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Coast, Humber and Vale - TBC
  • Greater Manchester - Sir Howard Bernstein (Chief Executive, Manchester City Council)
  • Cheshire and Merseyside - Louise Shepherd (Chief Executive, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust)
  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw - Sir Andrew Cash OBE  (Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)


  • Kent and Medway - Glenn Douglas (Chief Executive, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust)
  • Sussex and East Surrey - Michael Wilson (Chief Executive, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust)
  • Frimley Health - Sir Andrew Morris (Chief Executive, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Surrey Heartlands - Julia Ross (Chief Executive, North West Surrey CCG)
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - TBC
  • Devon - Angela Pedder OBE (Chief Executive, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Somerset - Dr Matthew Dolman (Chair, Somerset CCG)
  • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire - Robert Woolley (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire - James Scott (Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Dorset - Tim Goodson (Chief Officer, Dorset CCG)
  • Hampshire and the Isle of Wight - Richard Samuel (Chief Officer,  Fareham and Gosport CCG, South Eastern Hampshire CCG)
  • Gloucestershire - Mary Hutton (Accountable Officer, Gloucestershire CCG)
  • Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West - David Smith (Chief Executive, Oxfordshire CCG)

Midlands and East          

  • Staffordshire - John MacDonald (Chair, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust)
  • Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin - Simon Wright (Chief Executive, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Derbyshire - Gary Thompson (Chief Officer, Southern Derbyshire CCG)
  • Lincolnshire - Allan Kitt (Chief Officer, South West Lincolnshire CCG)
  • Nottinghamshire - David Pearson (Director, Adult Social Care, Nottinghamshire County Council)
  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - Toby Sanders (Accountable Officer, West Leicestershire CCG)
  • The Black Country - Andy Williams (Accountable Officer, Sandwell West Birmingham CCG)
  • Birmingham and Solihull - Mark Rogers (Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council)
  • Coventry and Warwickshire - Andy Hardy (Chief Executive, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust)
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire - Sarah Dugan (Chief Executive, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust)
  • Northamptonshire - John Wardell (Accountable Officer, Nene CCG)
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - Dr Neil Modha (Chief Clinical Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG)
  • Norfolk and Waveney - TBC
  • Suffolk and North East Essex - Nick Hulme (Chief Executive, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust)
  • Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton - Pauline Philip (Chief Executive, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Hertfordshire and West Essex - Beverley Flowers (Accountable Officer, East and North Hertfordshire CCG)
  • Mid and South Essex - Dr Anita Donley (Independent Chair for Mid and South Essex Success Regime from 1 April)


  • North West London - Dr Mohini Parmar (Chair, Ealing CCG)
  • North Central London - David Sloman (Chief Executive, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust)
  • North East London - Jane Milligan (Chief Officer, Tower Hamlets CCG)
  • South East London - Amanda Pritchard (Chief Executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust)
  • South West London - Kathryn Magson (Chief Officer, Richmond CCG)

The leaders will be responsible for overseeing the “sustainability and transformation plans” for their areas over the next five years.

NHS England says this will require more joint leadership and agreement of plans than in recent years, while additional funding will be linked to successful STP work. Plans must be submitted by the end of June.

HSJ understands that some leaders, such as Rob Webster in West Yorkshire, have been selected by NHS England and NHS Improvement, rather than chosen locally.

The vast majority of the leaders are CCG chief officers, or provider chief executives, including some of the most high profile and respected provider and commissioning leaders in the NHS, such as David Sloman of Royal Free London Foundation Trust, and Amanda Doyle of Blackpool CCG.

Guidance issued in February said each STP leader should be “a senior and credible leader who can command the trust and confidence of the system, such as a CCG chief officer, a provider chief executive or a local authority chief executive”.

Three areas have appointed CCG or trust chairs: Somerset, Staffordshire, and North West London. Mid and South Essex will be led by the independent chair of its success regime.

David Pearson, director of adult social care at Nottinghamshire County Council, will lead the Nottinghamshire STP. He is a former president of the Association of Directors of Social Services and a member of the cabinet committee on winter pressures.

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, and Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, had already been announced as leaders of the Greater Manchester and Birmingham and Solihull STPs.

The list includes 28 men and 13 women.

HSJ has learned that the Cornwall footprint is looking externally for an STP leader.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “STP leaders will be working across organisational boundaries to help build a consensus for transformation and the practical steps to deliver it.

These leaders are a talented and diverse group of individuals, who command wide support, but the reality is that success will require far wider engagement of and by communities, staff and local health and care leaders. With services under pressure it’s obviously time to confront the difficult choices, not kick the can down the road.”