Our people

We are passionate about delivering improved public services through ensuring a better skilled workforce. We have two main bodies that set and direct our activities to help us achieve this. 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. Our Board members come from a broad spectrum of employers and together they set out and are accountable for Skills for Justice’s: Strategic leadership, Governance, Management, Delivery and Operations.

Executive Team

  • John Rogers - Chief Executive

    Image: John Rogers.John Rogers has been the Chief Executive 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.

  • Candace Miller - Executive Director - Learning Services and Consultancy

    Image: Candace MillerCandace 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.

  • Adam Causon - Executive Director - Finance & Corporate Services

    Image: Adam Causon.Adam Causon heads the Finance and Corporate Services directorate having been with us since 2007. As well as being a chartered accountant Adam is an experienced finance professional having fulfilled numerous roles whilst at Skills for Health including Head of Finance, Chief Accountant, and Senior Management Accountant. Adam has also held various roles within the health sector finance arena both within Primary Care and at an NHS Trust.

Board

  • Bob Abberley - TUC Representative

    Image: Bob AbberleyBob 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.

  • Erika Bannerman - Independent Member

    Image: Erika Bannerman.Erika Bannerman is the Managing Director NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), July 2020, and a member of Sopra Steria UK’s Executive Committee.

    Following a successful career in senior leadership roles with Capita and the Manpower Group, leveraging a wide range of skills from management consultancy to technology delivery, Erika’s role at NHS SBS is to harness the organisation’s great people and technology strengths to deliver its purpose: “helping the NHS to save money and enhance quality so that the NHS can improve health, innovate to save lives, and deliver better outcomes with care and compassion.”

    An experienced CEO, Non-Executive Director, Chair and Advisor, serving on a mix of Public, Private and FTSE boards; Government Joint Ventures and Partnerships, Erika has a broad range of experience in business services, consultancy, digital and regulated organisations.

    Erika is on the Partnership Board Committee for the Bookmark Reading Charity, an Education Charity committed to improving child literacy and is also a Consultant to the Social Mobility Commission, an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Education.

  • Robert Calderwood - Chief Executive NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

    Image: Robert CalderwoodRobert 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.

  • Gerald Davies - Senior Advisor to the Board of Metapraxis

    Image: Gerald DaviesGerald 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.

  • Keith Fraser - Independent Member

    Image: Keith FraserKeith Fraser is the Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), appointed by The Secretary of State on April 14, 2020, after becoming a member in January 2018. He is also an Advisor for the National Police Chiefs Council Digital Engagement Project for Young People, Chair of Employability UK, and a trustee on the Board of Sport Birmingham and the National Emergency Services memorial.

    Prior to this, Keith was a Superintendent and Chief Inspector in the West Midlands Police, having joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable, during which time he produced the 2016-19 Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence strategy and was Head of Learning and Development for 13,000 staff.

    Keith also produced the business plan for City of Wolverhampton council, where he was the Chair of the authority’s statutory Youth Offending Management Board. He led an innovative, preventative project, targeting over 7,000 young people, working with Sport England and was the Strategic Police Lead for the Princes Trust across the West Midlands.

  • Julian Hartley - Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

    Image: Julian HartleyJulian has been Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest trusts in the NHS with a budget of over £1 billion and more than 16,000 employees, since October 2013.

    Since then he has been spearheading a major culture change which has seen impressive results in terms of staff engagement and morale, and in September 2016 the Trust achieved a Good rating from the Care Quality Commission. He previously worked as Managing Director of NHS Improving Quality - a national organisation set up to drive change and improvement across the NHS.

    Julian’s career in the NHS began as a general management trainee working in the North East of England. Following his training, he worked in a number of NHS management posts at hospital, health authority and regional level. His first Board Director appointment was at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, where he was responsible for planning, operations and strategy.

    Julian led Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT) as Chief Executive for three years, where he took it to three star status, developed new Primary Care Centres and managed the PCT’s involvement in the Shipman Inquiry.

    From 2005 Julian was Chief Executive of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, seeing the Trust transform and go on to achieve major financial turnaround, secure Foundation Trust status and become one of the first Trusts in the country to meet 18-week targets. In addition, Julian chaired the North West Leadership Academy.

    Julian was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in June 2009 and led a major turnaround in MRSA reduction, A&E and 18 week performance. He also introduced a major programme of cultural change to improve patient experience and outcomes.

  • Daniel Langton - Director, Customer & Partner Experience at Microsoft

    Image: Daniel Langton.

  • Rory Love OBE - Consultant

    Image: Rory LoveRory Love OBE, 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

    Image: Iain MacdonaldIain 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.

  • Niamh McKenna – Chief Information Officer (CIO) NHS Resolution

    Image: Niamh McKennaNiamh McKenna is the CIO for NHS Resolution and prior to that managed Accenture’s Health business in the UK. Niamh has worked across many different industry sectors leveraging a wide range of skills from management consulting to technology delivery. Her particular areas of interest include new technologies and how to best implement these in a practical way. She grew up in Belgium and has spent time living in Japan and now lives in London with her two sons.

  • Jeremy Newman - Chair of Skills for Health

    Image: Jeremy Newman.Jeremy Newman is currently Deputy Chair, Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and Lead Non Executive of the Government Legal Department; a Non-Executive Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Crown Prosecution Service; Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Social Investment Business; a Non-Executive member of Social & Sustainable Capital LLP; a Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee of North Hertfordshire College; and Chair of Trustees of a local primary school. He is also Chair of Optionis, a private equity backed business providing accounting, payroll, tax and professional employment solutions to the flexible workforce in the UK.

    He was previously Chair of the Audit Commission, Chair of the Single Source Regulations Office and a member of the Council of the Open University and has been a trustee of a number of charities particularly in the education and health sectors.

    He is a Chartered Accountant and was at BDO, one of the world's leading professional services firms, for over 33 years until 2011 - latterly as their Global CEO and prior to that as Managing Partner of their UK firm.

  • John Rogers - Chief Executive

    Image: John RogersJohn Rogers has been the Chief Executive since its establishment in April 2002. 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 - Independent Member

    Image: Allison WilliamsBorn 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

    Image: David WoodDavid 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.

  • Dr Rowena Hill – Nottingham Trent University

    Rowena HillDr Rowena Hill is a psychologist who works at Nottingham Trent University. Acting as a conduit between the university and external sectors, mainly public sector organisations, she explores opportunities for mutually beneficial research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

    Rowena has worked extensively with the emergency services and seeks to support them in evidence-based decision making and collaborative research with academia. Her research portfolio focuses on emergency responders and emergency management, looking to provide insights on the impacts of spillover between work and home environments, and how family structures adapt to protect against this. She sits on many national boards within the blue light sectors and has previously held the role of Trustee for The Fire Fighters Charity. She now holds the position of National Honorary Research Lead for the organisation.

    Rowena has wide-ranging experience in quality assurance around learning, in both international and UK contexts, including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Apprenticeships and Continuing Professional Development courses.