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CBE is a management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS, having stepped down as the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation in September 2013.

Mike Farrar


Mike Farrar, CBE is a management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS, having stepped down as the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation in September 2013. Since that time Mike has been a member of the PwC Health Industries Oversight Board and has worked with the company on a number of major projects across the country. Mike chairs the PwC Public Sector Board helping to support the company’s offer to the health and care sector.

Mike has built alongside this a successful business practice working with clients such as Celesio, RCGP, ABPI, NHS Quest, NHS Leadership Academy, Health Foundation, Vanguard Health Solutions, Pfizer and CIPFA as well as starting up a number of small companies aimed at promoting health innovations, and links between health and sport.

Mike remains a prominent thought leader and consultant to the NHS, where he supports system-wide leadership groups in Manchester, West Yorkshire, the North West, South Nottinghamshire, Essex, Oxfordshire, and South Hampshire along with work in a number of individual NHS organisations including Bradford,  Leeds, South West Yorkshire and Liverpool.

Dean Royles

Dean Royles


Dean Royles has been a highly regarded, leading figure in Human Resources within the NHS for nearly two decades. He is President-Elect of the HPMA. Former Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Dean joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2014 as Executive Director of HR and OD. Dean has an MSc in Human Resources and is a member of Sheffield Business School’s Advisory Board as well as a visiting fellow at Newcastle Business School. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford for his contribution to health services management.

He is on the editorial board of HRMJ and the International Journal of Human Resources Development, a social media advocate and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner three years running. His book, with Oxford University Press on Human Resource Management, was published in February 2018.

co-founded Sutcliffe Swales Consulting with Gerry Sutcliffe in 2015, offering a wide range of political and public affairs consultancy services.

Mick Swales


Mick co-founded Sutcliffe Swales Consulting with Gerry Sutcliffe in 2015, offering a wide range of political and public affairs consultancy services. He served as Senior Political Adviser to Gerry Sutcliffe for 18 years, dividing his time between Westminster and Yorkshire. He served as Operations Director for Alan Johnson in his Labour Deputy Leadership campaign in 2007, and Deputy Director of Andy Burnham’s Labour Leadership campaign in 2010.

Sarah Wilson


Sarah is a highly-experienced project manager, trainer, consultant and public speaker with more than 20 years’ experience supporting and inspiring organisations and individuals to deliver cross-organisational change.

Sarah set up her own project management training and consultancy business in 2010 and has clients in many sectors, including education, food manufacturing, utilities, police forces, charities and finance.  She has a particular specialism in supporting project management skills development in public sector organisations and continues to deliver practical project management training to several local authorities and universities on a retained basis.

Sarah has a BSc in Marketing and an MSc in Information Technology and has used this mix of skills, along with an ability to build relationships at all levels of business, to effectively support complex organisational change, often acting as a bridge between technical and non-technical teams.

Sarah has a strong interest in supporting the development of the project management office. Her understanding that project management needs to be adaptable and appropriate to the project, the team and the organisation has helped several organisations to develop and embed in-house project management methodologies. She acts as an auditor for the PMO development of a Yorkshire-based health and social care lottery-funded programme.
Using a highly-pragmatic approach to project management and great communication skills, Sarah has delivered a number of complex projects with an efficient but light touch – always on time and always on budget.

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