North East London NHS Foundation Trust , Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Bob has worked in and around the NHS for 46 years, starting as a Hospital Porter before training as an Operating Department Assistant in the 1970s. He served 13 years on the road on emergency duties with the Ambulance Service in Birmingham and became one of the West Midlands’ first operational Paramedics in 1987. Taking a senior role in North Yorkshire, Bob led on the introduction of Paramedics on every ambulance and 24 hour shift cover. During this phase Bob took the strategic lead for HR in his Trust and undertook the IPD Graduate Programme at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Bob then moved into HR management roles in Acute Trusts and then established a new HR function in Middlesbrough, which led to his appointment as Director of HR&OD for four PCTs in Teesside. Bob left mainstream NHS employment in 2008 and worked as a Consultant in numerous organisations across the length and breadth of England, NHS and commercial sectors. Commencing in an interim role with NELFT five years ago, Bob was delighted to be substantiated in post in September 2015.
Bob is passionate about Equality & Diversity and Staff Engagement and previously chaired the National Diversity Forum and sat on the National Staff Partnership Forum.
Bob has an inclusive management style, accompanied by a good sense of humour. Bob has supported the development of numerous HR practitioners, and promotes the principles of fair and consistent leadership. An experienced sports coach, Bob uses a predominantly coaching leadership style. This centres on a solutions focused approach and an acceptance of trial and error. Bob Chairs the London Mental Health HRD Network and is a member of the London Partnership Forum.