Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Meet The Team

Each of the main partners of the Social Partnership Forum has a chair, lead, and support team. Each partner (DHSC, NHS trade unions, NHS Employers, NHS England, Health Education England and NHS Improvement) nominates a chair who is responsible for co-ordinating relevant views. The current chairs are: 

  • Sara Gorton, National Secretary for Health at UNISON
  • Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • Lee McDonagh, Director General, Strategy and External Relations Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Helen Bullers, Acting People and Organisational Development Director, NHS England
  • Lee Whitehead, Director of People and Communications, Health Education England
  • Caroline Corrigan, National Director of People Strategy, NHS Improvement

In addition to the chairs, each partner has a lead and supporting team working regularly on the day-to-day work of the forum. This ensures that the partnership dialogue continues between formal meetings and agreed outcomes are delivered.

Andrew Morris

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Department of Health and Social Care

Andrew leads DHSC involvement in the SPF, which includes providing the secretariat for the SPF wider group and strategic group.

Alan Lofthouse

National Officer, UNISON

Alan co-ordinates NHS trade union involvement in the SPF.

Emily Smith

SPF Admin and Comms Support Officer

Emily supports the day-to-day running of the SPF, its website and Twitter account.

Robert Pickard

Stakeholder Engagement, Department of Health and Social Care

Robert supports DHSC's involvement in the SPF.