• Andrew Williamson CBE
    Chairman, Staff College

    Andrew Williamson was the Chair of NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT until it was disbanded in 2013.

    Mr Williamson has spent over thirty years working within social services. He was Director of Social Services for Devon County Council in 1990 and honorary secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services from 1996 – 1999. In June 1999 Andrew was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to social work in the UK. In 2000 he was appointed as Chair of North and East Devon Health Authority and in 2002 he joined South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority as a non-executive director. Andrew was asked to Chair Coastal West Sussex CCG for a two year period and also conducted a number of enquiries into aspects of childcare services in the UK and Europe.


  • Ajit Abraham
    Principal, Staff College, Consultant HPB & Trauma Surgeon, Barts Health

    Mr Ajit ABRAHAM MBBS, MS, MA (Medical Ethics & Law), FRCS, FRCS (General Surgery) was born in Kumasi, Ghana, schooled in Manchester, and trained as a general surgeon in Pune, India. He returned to the UK in 1993 and trained in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery and liver transplantation in London, mainly at the Royal Free and the Royal London Hospitals.

    He has been Consultant HPB, Trauma & General Surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS since 2005. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University London. He is an active clinical surgeon whose specialist HPB interests include surgical management of benign and malignant disease of the liver, gall bladder and bile duct, and pancreas, complex gallstone disease, and acute and chronic pancreatitis; with expertise in related open, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches. He also has over two decades of experience of elective and emergency general surgery including open and minimally invasive approaches to a variety of general surgical conditions such as groin and incisional hernias, and the acute surgical abdomen. He has expertise in the management of chest, abdomen and pelvic trauma as a trauma surgeon at the Royal London, the first dedicated major trauma center (MTC) in the UK.

    He has an MA in Medical Ethics & Law from Keele University, UK, 2004.

    His other areas of interest are clinical leadership, quality improvement and patient safety and he was Health Foundation QI Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard from 2011-12.

    At Barts Health, he was the Clinical Director for Surgery 2010-11, Associate Medical Director for Improvement, Innovation, 2013-14, Executive Group Director for the Surgery & Cancer Clinical Academic Group, 2014-2016. Chair of the Boards of Surgery & Cancer 2017-18, and Barts Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer 2016 -18.

    On surgical sabbatical 2018-19, he re-established and led the HPB surgical service at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore delivering open and minimally invasive hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgical care to the local population.

    He is the Principal of Staff College for Leadership in Healthcare.

    He has published widely in peer- reviewed journals in the fields of HPB & general surgery and contributed to chapters in major medical and surgical textbooks. He is involved in teaching and training at all levels including for the MBBS, the intercollegiate FRCS, and RCS courses.

    He is married to Natalie, and has three children Kasper (13), Anjolie (10) and Bodhi (3).
    Ajit enjoys the piano, cooking, and cryptic crosswords and also plays golf badly. He has a longstanding ‘Hatha Vinyasa’ Yoga and ‘Vipassana’ meditation practice.


  • Alex Bax
    CEO, Pathway

    Alex has worked to improve health and social care in London for many years. He is founding Chief Executive of Pathway – the homeless health charity created by Prof Aidan Halligan. He is also visiting fellow at the Institute of Health and Human Development at the University of East London and Chair of inequality campaign group My Fair London. He has been a senior policy advisor to two Mayor’s of London: on health, city planning and social policy. He has a Masters in London Studies, is a member of Faculty for Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and founder member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health.


  • Brigadier Kevin Beaton OBE
    Director of Studies, Staff College and Medical Director, Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust

    Kevin is a member of the Board with responsibilities for the evolving design of the Staff College: Leadership in Healthcare and its operational theoretical underpinning. After a degree in history and politics he went to Sandhurst and then later left the military to study medicine. He is a GP who has served in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been a doctor for military families and battle groups as well as having medical leadership role including a Medical Squadron, Medical Regiment, Field hospital and a Medical Brigade. He was the Military Medical lead for the UK Ebola response to West Africa. He has now left the Army and is currently the Medical Director in Mid Essex Hospital Trust.


  • Raj Bhamber
    Head of Improving People Practices, NHS England and Improvement

    Raj joined Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust in September 2018 from The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust where she was the Interim Director of People, Communications and OD.
    Prior to her recent interim roles, Raj was a Director in the people and organisation practice and a member of the Public Health Sector Board at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP for over three years. She has acquired extensive experience of working in the private and public sectors in the UK and abroad, including over 20 years of board level experience through a variety of Executive Director positions in health authorities and Foundation Trusts in London and the Home Counties


  • Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE
    Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Grocers

    Greville brings over 30 years military experience to the NHS Staff College. He has held leadership roles throughout his career which has seen him serve on military operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009 he spent 9 months as Deputy Commander of the UK Task Force in Helmand for which he was awarded the CBE.

    He is a graduate of the Army Staff College and spent two years as an instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has held a variety of appointments including a total of five years in the Army’s career management department and three years as principal staff officer to the Head of Army Personnel.


  • Professor John Earis
    Deputy Chairman, Staff College and Director of Clinical Quality, University of Liverpool

    Professor Earis trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London and has spent most of his working life in the North West. In 1982 he was appointed as a Chest and General Physician at University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool and led the development of Aintree Chest Centre, which is now widely recognised for its clinical innovation and research. As well as his clinical practice and research interests John has been closely involved with undergraduate and postgraduate education. In the 1990s he set up the respiratory medicine training programme in Mersey Deanery and in 2007 he was appointed as Director of Medical Education and Undergraduate Sub-Dean at Aintree. When he retired from Aintree in 2015 he became the Director of Quality for the School of Medicine in Liverpool introducing new quality assurance and evaluation systems to the undergraduate course. He has recently retired from this position but continues to work for the Undergraduate School.

    He was made an Honorary Professor at Liverpool University in 2007 and in 2019 was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. In 2016 he was delighted to be appointed Honorary Colonel of 208 Reserve Field Hospital (Army Medical Service). In 2013, working with Professor Aidan Halligan, John facilitated Staff College activities in the North West. Following Aidan’s untimely death John became Acting Principal of Staff College and continues his close association with Staff College as a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees.


  • Caroline Laurie
    Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher Plc

    Having started her Career as a CIMA qualified accountant for Asda Wal Mart, Caroline joined Kingfisher Plc 15 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager. In this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q. It was then a natural step for Caroline into her current role as Head of Sustainability. Prior to that she was a management accountant for Asda-Wal Mart for 10 years.

    Caroline often attends meetings with senior officials both within the UK & EU Governments, to discuss and inform environmental policy. Caroline often speaks as a sustainability expert at conferences, including at Bloomberg’s offices to an investor conference about the importance of sustainable business practice and at Westminster for environmental lobbyists Green Alliance.

    Caroline has a strong combination of team leadership, financial, commercial and change management skills combined with a strong track record of influencing both internal and external stakeholders. Caroline has significant experience of strategy creation, delivery, change and leadership.

    Caroline has a passion for sailing and in her spare time you’ll often find her cruising and racing on the Solent.


  • Tracey Westley
    Independent Training Facilitator

    Tracey is an independent training facilitator and management consultant who has nearly forty years of experience in the NHS holding a variety of nursing roles in both acute and most recently community NHS Trust settings. Roles include good governance through effective risk management and quality improvement, with overall responsibility for clinical policy, clinical audit implementation and CQC compliance.

    Tracey believes in teamwork and bringing together the strengths of people and networks to provide compassionate leadership resulting in improved patient safety and a positive experience of services.

    She holds a Masters in Public Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk Management with an enquiring mind believes in continued development and provides mentorship to nurses developing senior roles in the workplace.