Health Education England

Our Team

ImageKaren Bloomfield

Head of Leadership and Organisational Development | 07879 898 071

Karen leads on the development, implementation and management of the local and National Leadership Development programmes as an integral part of our Leadership Development Partners role with the NHS Leadership Academy. Karen leads the Leadership Alumni Network for over 400 clinicians and managers, running a series of network events and development opportunities. Karen is an Action Learning set facilitator and has run sets virtually for Aspiring Senior Leaders and sets for Lead Nurses and the Clinical Fellows. She has developed the Coaching strategy and developed coaching capacity, CPD and supervision arrangements for the coaches on the coaching register. She also leads on the implementation of the Health Coaching programme.

Karen is a feedback facilitator for the Healthcare Leadership Model 360 and has established a network for the feedback faciliitators based in EoE. Karen qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital in 1985. She has held senior clinical nursing posts in Hertfordshire, at St Albans City Hospital and Lister Hospital. During that time she led and managed the Anticipated Recovery Pathway project in Orthopaedics and Urology, reducing LOS in patient pathways. She reduced spend on agency nursing from 97% to 3%, establishing the Nurse Bank. Prior to her current post was Associate Director for Workforce Development at Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA, with responsibility for development of new roles e.g radiography assistant practitioners, extended nurse prescribing, return to practice and interprofessional learning and she managed the implementation of the National Midwifery Recruitment and Retention 6 point action plan, reporting to the CNO, for 3 years.

ImagePat Cotton

Programme Lead for Talent and Inclusion | 07384877273

Pat is the Programme Lead for Talent and Inclusion and supports the development, implementation and management of the local and national leadership development programmes and work streams related to talent management and building leadership for inclusion.

Pat is a registered nurse and midwife and held senior clinical roles in various posts particularly in midwifery. The development of others has always been fundamental to her practice as a leader. This interest prompted moves into roles within practice development, leadership development and organisational development working within an acute trust and across the locality and more recently across the region. Pat passionately believes that when you create an inclusive culture whereby staff talents are recognised nurtured and developed, staff are more able to deliver high quality care and are engaged not only in their own development but the development of others.

ImageDeborah Peacock

Leadership and Organisational Development Business Manager | 01223 597 514

Deborah manages our business operations which includes financial planning and management, business planning, human resources, service management, and information technology. Her experience ranges from financial services to programme management. Deborah joined the NHS and the Leadership team in 2009 having worked in a similar team for LloydsTSB. She has played a fundamental role in implementing our leadership approach over the last few years.

Jacqueline Smith

Programme Manager | Work: 01223 597 709 | Mobile: 07384877275



BredaImage Watson

Programme Manager (Talent Management) | 01223 597 783

Breda joined the team in March 2018 with a double brief, to lead on Talent Management and the Graduate Management Training Scheme across East of England. Breda has been with the NHS since 2010 and has enjoyed being part of a variety of teams working on local, regional and national transformation projects. Breda’s passion is supporting our stakeholders and is looking forward to working with our employers and trainees to ensure a successful outcome and positive experience for all involved in these two workstreams. Before joining the NHS Breda, managed training centres and has worked in public, private, voluntary and independent sectors. Outside of work Breda loves musical theatre and spending time with her family and friends.


ImageMatina Triantafyllou

Programme Manager | 01223 596 854 | Mobile: 07384 877274





ImageRuth Davis

Leadership Programmes Co-ordinator | 01223 597 726

Ruth has recently joined the team. She co-ordinates the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model workstream and provides support to other workstreams including the Graduate Management Training Scheme and Talent Management across the east of England.
Ruth has a background in health and social care and has previously worked as a social worker in older people’s mental health services, and also as a long-term volunteer for a charity in India. She loves to travel and experience different cultures, and also to spend time at home reading, walking the dog and socialising with family and friends.


Tracy Bentley

Leadership Programme Coordinator

Tracy joined the team in December 2018 and provides PA support to Karen Bloomfield and programme support to the OD network, Coaching/Mentoring and HLM programmes within the Leadership Academy  team. Tracy has worked within the NHS for many years within various roles across NHS England, CPFT, HEEoE, and acute hospital settings. Tracy likes to spend time practising her love of oil painting and socialising with friends and family. | 01223 596 863

ImageAngela Darling

Leadership Development Administrator | 01223 597 610

Angela recently joined the team. Her role is to provide business and administrative support to the Leadership team, including support for programme recruitment through to completion. 

Angela has a background in banking and education.  Outside of work Angela loves horse-riding and swimming.


ImageAmber Ramans-Harborough

Administrator | 01223 596 908

Amber joined the team in September 2018. Her role is to provide administrative support to the Leadership team. Amber has  a background in biological sciences and has worked as a research assistant. Additionally, she was on committee for the Woman in Business Society at her university. Outside of work Amber loves drawing, travelling and socialising with friends and family.


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