Some of HSJ’s top 50 chief executives answer pertinent questions about NHS leadership

Top 50 chief executives 2018: read the roundtable report

NHS leaders are changing. The chief executive of today is less likely to be “male, pale and stale” than in the past with many more women in the top job and a small (but hopefully growing) number of BME chief executives.

In association with Korn Ferry

But what are the skills needed to lead organisations in the complex world of today’s NHS? Are chief executives running mental health, ambulance and community trusts more likely to develop and model these behaviours than their counterparts in acute trusts? And do women chief executives display some of these skills more often than men?

We asked some of our top 50 chief executives these questions in a roundtable debate sponsored by Korn Ferry – and also what they do as leaders to inspire and motivate their staff at such a tough time. Click here for the entire Top 50 Chief Executives 2018 list


Alastair McLellanHSJ editor – chair

Kate Wilson, associate client partner Korn Ferry

John Short, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

Sarah Dugan, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust

Yvonne Ormston, North East Ambulance Service FT

Melanie Walker, Devon Partnership Trust

Nick Hulme, The Ipswich Hospital Trust and Colchester Hospital University FT

Joe Harrison, Milton Keynes University Hospital FT

Neil Dardis, Frimley Health FT

Lesley Dwyer, Medway FT

Marianne Griffiths, Western Sussex Hospitals FT and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust

Stephen Dunn, West Suffolk FT

Jim Mackey, Northumbria Healthcare FT

Andrew Ridley, Central London Community Healthcare Trust