NHS IMAS offers National Health Service (NHS) organisations that need short or medium term support, the means to access the management expertise that exists throughout the NHS.

Meet the team

NHS IMAS is made up of Partners and pool members from the NHS. They are supported by:

  • a small core team who manage the programme and assignments
  • a hand-picked selection of independent consultants who NHS organisations rate

Please note that from 1 April 2016, the Intensive Support Teams became part of NHS Improvement.

NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change Team and the Intensive Support Teams.

You can find more information at NHS Improvement.

NHS IMAS Core Team

Richard Jeavons

Richard is Senior Partner for NHS IMAS. Richard is also Chief Executive of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), which advises the Secretary of State for Health about disputed NHS service change. Richard is a highly experienced Chief Executive working in National, regional and local roles.

In addition to leading on high-profile programmes for the Department of Health his frontline leadership roles have included over 13 years as a Chief Executive at a large Children's Hospital Trust, two Health Authorities, and a Strategic Health Authority.

Janet Walter

Janet has been Managing Partner since NHS IMAS was established in 2008. She has a wealth of experience having held Executive Director positions in the NHS for 18 years. Her appointments have spanned across a diverse range of NHS organisations including national programmes, a Strategic Health Authority (SHA), an Ambulance Service and a Mental Health and Community Services Trust.

Janet has also been an Executive Coach for over six years and possesses a balanced, action focused, high energy and enthusiastic approach including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI). In addition to Executive Coaching, she can give professional advice on capacity and capability development, fitness for purpose reviews, problem solving, leadership and motivation.

Sabrina Armstrong

Sabrina has joined us as Programme Director from her previous role within Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust where she was Assistant Director of Corporate Affairs.

Gemma Jones

Gemma is a Senior Programme Manager at NHS IMAS and has been an integral part of the team since our inception. She has undertaken a number of roles on national programmes including Project Manager in the Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Directorate at NHS Connecting for Health. Gemma is responsible for coordinating and managing a programme of assignments and has also undertaken assignment work for NHS IMAS.

Gemma also has extensive experience in events management and stakeholder engagement, gained from working in high profile roles in both the public and the private sector.

Peter Cavanagh

Peter is a Senior Programme Manager with NHS IMAS. He has experience in communications and stakeholder engagement and has worked on numerous national and high profile NHS priorities in his previous role at the Department of Health. 

Before joining the Department, Peter worked at the Audit Commission where he successfully managed a programme of audit and inspection work across Local Government and NHS organisations, including Comprehensive Performance Assessments.

Priya Bala

Priya has joined us as a Programme Manager from NHS England where she was Planning and Reporting Manager in the Medical Directorate. She has previously worked at the Department of Health as a Workforce Analyst.

Daniel Wood

Daniel has joined the team as a Programme Manager from NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ). Daniel's role at NHS IQ was as Business Management Team Lead for the Improving Capability Directorate where he coordinated key business activities, including business planning, reporting and  financial management. Prior to that Daniel was a Complaints Administrator for a Local Authority, dealing with complaints regarding social care.

Julia Taylor

Julia has joined us as a Programme Manager from the Department of Health.  Julia worked at the Department for over 17 years primarily in business management roles supporting senior management teams in corporate and NHS facing functions on resource management, planning, audit and assurance.   

During her time at the Department Julia also worked  on several cross Departmental implementation and improvement projects led by the Corporate Programme Office.

Debra Coulson

Debra has joined us as NHS IMAS Business Support Manager. Her previous role was within the Customer Contact Centre at NHS England. Prior to this Debra spent 22 years in the media industry where she was responsible for a large team creating advertisements for newspaper and online purposes. She has extensive administrative experience and is keen to develop her skills within the NHS.

Calvin Bell

Calvin has joined NHS IMAS as PA to the Managing Partner and Programme Director. He is looking forward to a new challenge following 29 years at Royal Mail where he held various posts including Resourcing Manager, Finance Executive Assistant and Plant Support Manager roles all within the Bradford and Leeds catchment area.


Our Partners are experienced NHS Chief Executives and Directors with a proven track record of delivery. They, where appropriate, will dedicate time to lead the assignment and will take responsibility for managing and coaching the assignment team.

They have access to the skilled members of our pools, to powerful problem-solving tools, and also receive personal coaching and learning opportunities.

The Partners also benefit from the NHS IMAS programme by having the opportunity to use their skills to support the wider NHS. They also, where appropriate, monitor the progress of pool members who are on assignment and act as mentors to help develop talent for the future.

Pool members

Our pools consists of a variety of highly skilled professionals from across the NHS and wider professional backgrounds. NHS IMAS pool members assist NHS organisations in a variety of ways including operational, financial or strategic support.

Members of our NHS pool are highly competent individuals and functional experts who add value through specific skill sets or professional expertise. These experts include nurses, doctors, analysts, financial and operational specialists.

The pool members benefit from being able to access real work opportunities to develop their skills and exposure to broader experiences and networks. They also get training and development when on assignments by receiving personal support and coaching from our partners.

Our second pool consists of independent candidates who have left the NHS but have retained a wealth of experience.