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New chief people officer for Derbyshire ICB

New chief people officer for Derbyshire ICB
By Julie Griffiths
24 May 2024

Lee Radford has been appointed as the new chief people officer for NHS Derby and Derbyshire and for the Joined Up Care Derbyshire system.

He will take up his role on 1 July and is joining from Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB where he has been acting chief people officer since October 2023.

Mr Radford joined Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB in October 2022 as director of organisational development and education and has worked in the NHS for over 15 years.

As chief people officer, he led the development of a five-year integrated system workforce strategy for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

He also led the development of a ‘one workforce’ approach and established a system training and education collaborative with higher education providers, further education providers and partner organisations.

Mr Radford started his career on a Youth Training Scheme, working in IT in the further education sector then becoming a lecturer and then a senior manager in a college executive team.

He embarked on his NHS career in 2008 and has worked in acute trusts in Nottingham as deputy director of training, education and organisational development.

In London, he was programme director for culture, leading on The King’s Fund national programme for culture and inclusion by bringing together four acute hospitals into a group model.

Mr Radford has also served on the Board of the East Midlands and North West leadership academy and been the vice chair of governors at a local college and local education training council in Nottingham.

Previously, he led the cultural transformation at a challenged acute trust, which has been voted the best place to work and receive care in the Midlands in the national NHS staff survey for the last four consecutive years.

As chief people officer for the system, he will play a key role in connecting programmes for workforce, training, culture and people development issues across trusts, local authorities, primary care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

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