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 are no longer hosted by NHS IMAS.

NHS IMAS Core Team

Janet Walter

Janet is the Director of System Capability and Operations for NHS England and NHS Improvement and has had responsiblity for NHS IMAS since its creation in 2008. She has a wealth of experience having held Executive Director positions in the NHS for over 20 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 15 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. Janet is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited Mediator.

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.

Karen Robinson

Karen joined the team in September 2019 as the Head of NHS IMAS. Karen has worked for the NHS since 2014, working at a national level with Senior Executives and National Directors in NHS England and more recently as Change and Impact Senior Programme Manager and Operating Model Lead on the Joint Working Programme for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Prior to joining the NHS, Karen worked in local government in a variety of advisory and management roles, including change and delivery programmes, business management, human resources and event management.

Daniel Wood

Daniel is a Senior Manager and has been with the team since 2015. Before joining NHS IMAS, Daniel worked for NHS IQ as the Business Management Team Lead where he co-ordinated key business activities, including business planning, reporting and financial management. Prior to moving into national roles, Daniel worked for a Mental Health Trust providing performance management and assurance across the organisation.

Laura Davies

Laura joined the team in July 2019 as a Programme Manager. Prior to joining NHS IMAS Laura worked at the NHS Leadership Academy as Programme Lead on a national programme of work within the Inclusion team and also as a workforce Business Manager. Before starting her career within the NHS, Laura spent a number of years working in local government at Leeds City Council providing project and programme support within the PMO.

Priya Bala

Priya is one of our Programme Managers, with previous experience at 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.

Alison Davies

Alison is one of our Programme Managers who originally joined the team in March 2020 to support the NHS IMAS Covid-19 Flexible Resourcing project. Alison has worked for the NHS since 2019 as a Project Manager within the NHS Leadership Academy.  Before starting her career within the NHS she has worked in higher education and local government in a variety of improvement roles including programme and project management, strategy and business planning, service development, customer service and event management. Alison is also our NHS IMAS ISO lead!

Andrew Aitken

Andrew joined the team in October 2020 as a Programme Manager. Andrew has worked for the NHS since 2015, initially within the National Incident and Special Projects team, and more recently with the Policy Development and Implementation team at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Prior to joining the NHS, Andrew worked within in the UK Visas and Immigration department at the Home Office.

Jan Pearce

Jan returned to the team permanently in November 2020 as a Programme Manager having completed a secondment in 2018 and more recently supporting the NHS IMAS Covid-19 Flexible Resourcing project. Jan has worked for NHS England since 2013 in governance and project and programme management roles. Jan is a qualified coach and mentor. Before joining NHS England, Jan worked in a wide range of educational settings including higher and further education and as an education officer in a local education authority.

Rachel Bean

Rachel joined the NHS IMAS team in November 2020 as Programme Manager, following 2 years within the NHS Leadership Academy’s Executive Search team as Programme Support Manager. Here she delivered project specific candidate research and generation, established and managed ongoing relationships with existing and aspiring Board leaders and supported permanent appointment activity within the NHS. Rachel has completed her ILM5 certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

Rachel Haigh

Rachel joined NHS IMAS in 2017 as the Team PA and has since been promoted to Project Manager. She has an eye for detail when producing Management Information and analysing data from reports in order to inform future working. Rachel has completed her PRINCE2 and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and is looking forward to future development opportunities to progress her career in the NHS. 

Rebecca Maidwell

Rebecca joined the NHS IMAS team in 2021 as Business Co-ordinator. Previously as Interim Project Officer, she worked on assignment with the Incident Coordination Centre (National) Team ICC(N), working on the National Covid-19 Response. Rebecca managed the rota to ensure that effective and full rota cover was provided across the National ICC, building rapport with Reservists and providing support to the wider team. Previously to the NHS, Rebecca worked as a Personal Assistant and has experience working on multiple projects with a strong interest in communications.

Ele Linardou

Ele joined NHS IMAS as the Team PA in February 2020 with extensive experience in both the Public and Private sectors. Ele is experienced in providing comprehensive support, customer service, co-ordination, administration and analysis, marketing and organising events.


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 consist 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.