South East Leadership Academy

Meet the Team

Non-urgent advice: Ali Jennings

Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning
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Ali has been a part of the NHS Leadership Academy since its inception in 2012 and has been a member of Strategic Health Authority Leadership teams and Health Authority Leadership teams since 2004. With over 20 years’ experience in Leadership, OD, Talent Management and HR, Ali’s work in recent years has focused on building leadership and OD capability in organisations and systems across the South East.
Ali believes that helping leaders to develop keen personal insight into their own talents and leadership styles is key to driving changes in behaviour and in shaping culture. She is passionate about improving the quality of the conversations which are difficult at work but ultimately vital to an organisation or system’s effective functioning.
She is an experienced coaching supervisor, team and executive coach and OD practitioner, and continues to practice in her current role as Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning for the South East.
Ali also believes we are best at work when we are rested and are taking care of our well-being as leaders. She tries to be outside as much as possible, wearing out her trainers with her dogs, children and husband.

Non-urgent advice: Helen Edmunds

System Leadership Development Senior Manager
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Helen has worked for the NHS over the past 11 years, in system leadership, organisational development, clinical education and senior leadership roles, for an ambulance service and an integrated acute / community trust, before moving to the NHS Leadership Academy in the South East in February 2019.
Helen’s focus is on system leadership, working with networks of healthcare leaders to connect them, drive forwards inclusive and compassionate leadership and develop system leaders who are passionate about improving themselves and their teams to deliver high quality care to patients / service users.
Helen is accredited in a number of psychometric instruments and an experienced 360 degree feedback facilitator and is always keen to work with leaders to explore their strengths and how to use these effectively in their work.
Helen is currently studying for her MBA and is enjoying the experience of being able to critically analyse theory when putting this into practice in her workplace.

Non-urgent advice: Kerry Moody

Senior Leadership Development Manager
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Kerry has worked across a range of complex cultural leadership development and improvement programmes across the South East.
Kerry is an experienced Executive Coach and facilitator with a range of psychometrics.
What motivates Kerry? To support our staff to stretch and flourish to be their best selves as they deliver inclusive and compassionate leadership across NHS. With a strong desire to add value to our work in the South East, she uses her strengths to engender collaboration and creativity in the development of others.

Non-urgent advice: Jayne Beresford

Primary Care Programme Manager
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Jayne is a Business Psychologist who has worked for many years as and Organisation Development (OD) Consultant in a number of contexts across the public and private sector. She has led major culture change programmes alongside leadership development programmes and other consultancy projects to enable teams, individuals and organisations to move through change and complexity.
Jayne joined the South East Leadership Academy in 2018 and has led many of our OD and Inclusion programmes. Jayne is the Primary Care Programme Lead. As part of this she works with individuals, teams and networks across the South East to support the growth and maturity of Primary Care Networks and to grow and develop leaders within that.
Jayne is also an experienced coach, accredited in a number of psychometric tools and believes strongly in empowering leaders through their own insights to create the cultures of inclusion and compassion that we believe in.

Non-urgent advice: Alastair Boothroyd

GMTS Leadership Development Senior Manager
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Alastair joined the NHS Leadership Academy in 2017 following a fifteen year career in the commercial side of the Dental sector supporting dentists and practice teams grow their businesses. During his time at the Academy, Alastair supported multiple programmes and was joint lead on the Heart of Change, a collaborative event with multiple system wide organisations in the South East, supporting inclusive and collaborative systems based leadership.
In the last two years, Alastair’s focus has been primarily focussed on the NHS Graduate Management Trainee Scheme (GMTS) supporting the trainees to get the best from their time on the scheme and as of 2020, leading the South East Leadership and Lifelong Learning GMTS team in supporting system and organisational GMTS placement hosts provide the best experience possible to the trainees.
Alastair is a Healthcare Leadership Model feedback facilitator and is looking to expand on his coaching skills in order to support his passion; emerging leader development in the NHS.
Outside of the office, Alastair enjoys movies, bike rides, board games and catching up with friends and family, all at a socially acceptable distance of course.

Non-urgent advice: Emma Fulton

Leadership Development Manager
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Emma joined the South East NHS Leadership Academy (SELA) in September 2020, after working at Nationwide Building Society and having had a colourful career there spanning over 12 years, with all her roles having had a golden thread of developing people running through them. Emma realised early on that her passion and purpose is to encourage the growth of others, and when coaching, seeing those light bulb moments is what drives her to continue to encourage individuals by providing them the time and space to think, and bring their best self to work each and every day. As a Leadership Development Manager in the SELA, Emma works with leaders, teams & systems to support and enhance their self-awareness, skills & behaviours, dynamics, team understanding and team effectiveness. She is the Digital Learning Lead for the South East, and is a key contact for Coaching and Mentoring.
Outside of work Emma is a keen runner and dog-walker, which helps her to de-stress and helps to facilitate her decision making.
Feel free to contact Emma to ask any questions you may have, or simply to connect and say hello.

Non-urgent advice: Avril Bryant

Business and Performance Manager
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Avril joined the NHS in 2009 as an experienced manager, with a background in leading logistics and customer service operations in a global healthcare organisation.  Avril has experience of working in European and global teams and supporting delivery of large-scale IT projects and company spin-offs. Avril worked in leadership development in Thames Valley and Wessex for several years as a programme manager before moving into staff Health and Wellbeing for further experience and development.  Avril re-joined the team in September 2020 as she is passionate about helping people to flourish.

Avril is interested in process improvement and the evaluation of our work and it’s longer-term impact to support the improvement of patient care.

Avril is an MTBI Step I Practitioner and mentor.

Non-urgent advice: Alison Ramsay

Business Support Officer
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Alison joined the NHS in 2003 and worked for a number of organisations including Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups before joining the Leadership Academy in 2015.

Non-urgent advice: Pollyanna Martin

Business and Performance Officer
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Pollyanna joined the team in 2016, having previously worked as an Educational Adviser for The Open University. She believes in the importance of supporting people to achieve their goals, through building confidence and developing their abilities. Working for the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team, provides her with an opportunity to contribute to the leadership development of staff within the NHS.
Pollyanna currently supports the team’s business and finance processes.

Non-urgent advice: Sandra Elsenussi

Positive Action Programmes Inclusion Coordinator
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Non-urgent advice: Christina Simcox

GMTS Leadership Development Coordinator
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Christina has worked in a range of project management roles mainly within events, with a focus on medical training, research (including Advisory Boards, investigator training, abstract reviews) and leadership. Working in events, she is a problem solver and adapts quickly to change and challenging environments.
Christina is part of our GMTS team and works with the GMTS leads, programme and placement managers within the South East. Christina is working with other regions and the GMTS national team to enhance processes and collaborate on the scheme development.

Non-urgent advice: Renata Pidduck

Leadership Development Coordinator
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Renata joined the South East Leadership Academy. Renata has a degree in Marketing and Strategic Management and is very passionate about learning. Renata has spent most of her professional life working in organisations that empower and enable people of all ages and backgrounds to learn new skills and to fulfil their potential.

Non-urgent advice: Annemi Muller

Leadership Development Coordinator
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Annemi joined the NHS Leadership Academy in 2012 coordinating and supporting various leadership development programmes for more than 7 years. Having previously qualified and worked as an Optometrist in South Africa before relocating to the UK, Annemi highly values patient care and is passionate about making a difference by helping others.
Before re-joining the South East Leadership Academy in October 2020, Annemi was deployed to multiple Covid response workstreams before working as the Integrated Care System Coordinator in the South East.
Annemi loves spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys the outdoors, running and tennis.

Non-urgent advice: Ellie Ward

Leadership Administrator
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Ellie joined the Leadership Academy in August 2019 to support the delivery of our Leadership Programmes. Ellie has a degree in Marketing Communications as well as other qualifications in Leadership and Management.
Ellie previously worked as a Social Media and Events Coordinator in Sydney where she gained a lot of experience in customer service and management, whilst working with regular corporate clients.

Non-urgent advice: Katherine Battey

GMTS Leadership Development Administrator
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Katherine joined the NHS in 2020 from the education sector.  She previously worked in pastoral care and management in schools, colleges and universities, where she supported young people to overcome barriers to education and develop resilience.  Katherine has volunteered with the Youth Offending Team  as a panellist, as a Cruse bereavement Volunteer and a Red Cross tutor for refugees.  She is taking a Masters In Public Policy this year, with a particular focus on social mobility and the capabilities approach. Katherine spent her childhood in Southern Africa and has a particular interest in Restorative Justice.

 Outside of work she likes long walks, long books and podcasts – if you ever need a recommendation.

Non-urgent advice: Alexcis Humphreys

Leadership Development Administrator
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Alexcis joined the South East Leadership Academy in October 2020, having previously worked in HR recruitment within the NHS, as well as in the education sector overseas focussing on academic training. As a Leadership Development Administrator, Alexcis works as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective service in supporting managers and staff across the regional leadership team. Alexcis is passionate about professional development and facilitating opportunities that encourage people of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and reach their goals. She is keen to work creatively and collaboratively in ensuring the best possible outcomes are produced with the programmes being delivered.