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 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.

Photograph of Janet Walter, Director of System Capability and Operations at NHS IMAS

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.

Photograph of Richard Jeavons, Senior Partner at NHS IMAS

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.

Photograph of Karen Robinson, Head of NHS IMAS

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.

Photograph of Daniel Wood, Senior Manager at NHS IMAS

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.

Photograph of Laura Davies, Programme Manager at NHS IMAS

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. Priya is also our NHS IMAS ISO lead!

Photograph of Priya Bala, Programme Manager at NHS IMAS

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.

Photograph of Alison Davies

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.

Photograph of Andrew Aitken

Rob joined the team in April 2020 as a Programme Manager. Rob has worked for the NHS since 2016, initially as a Delivery Manager with the New Care Model team in Harrogate and more recently as Programme Manager at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Prior to joining the NHS, Rob worked in local government in a variety of project management and transformation roles.

Rachel joined NHS IMAS in 2017 as the Team PA and has since been promoted into the Business Co-ordinator role. 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 is looking forward to future development opportunities to progress her career in the NHS. Rachel plans to undertake the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course in 2021.

Photograph of Rachel Haigh, Business Co-ordinator at NHS IMAS

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.