New chief people officer for Joined Up Care Derbyshire system

Lee Radford has been appointed as the new chief people officer for NHS Derby and Derbyshire and for the Joined Up Care Derbyshire system.

Lee will join from Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB where he has most recently been acting chief people officer. He will take up his role on 1 July.

As chief people officer for the system Lee will play a key role in connecting programmes for workforce, training, culture and people development issues across our trusts, local authorities, primary care and in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

NHS Derby and Derbyshire chief executive Chris Clayton said: “We look forward to welcoming Lee to Derby and Derbyshire.

“He brings a raft of knowledge, skills and experience that will undoubtedly support our ambitions on the continued development of the health and care workforce locally.

“He will also work with our partners on the future skills agenda and contribute to our overall commitment as an anchor institution.”

Lee said: “I am passionate about creating an inclusive and compassionate culture and enabling and developing people to be their best selves.”

Lee joined the Lancashire and South Cumbria ICB in October 2022 as director of organisational development and education and has worked in the NHS for over 15 years.

He took on the role of acting chief people officer in October 2023 and led the development of a five-year integrated system workforce strategy for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

This involved working with partners across the health, care and voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith sectors.

He led the development of a ‘One Workforce’ approach and established a system training and education collaborative with higher education providers, further education providers and partner organisations

Lee started his career on a Youth Training Scheme working in IT in the further education sector then becoming a lecturer and then a senior manager in a college executive team.

He started his NHS career in 2008 and has worked in acute trusts in Nottingham as deputy director of training, education and organisational development.

In London he was programme director for culture, leading on the King’s Fund National programme for culture and inclusion by bringing together four acute hospitals into a group model. Lee has also served on the Board of the East Midlands and North West Leadership Academy, been the Vice Chair of Governors at a local college and Local Education Training Council in Nottingham.

Lee has previously led the cultural transformation at a challenged acute Trust which has been voted the best place to work and receive care in the Midlands in the national NHS Staff Survey for the last four consecutive years.

Lee lives on the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire border and spends most weekends hiking in the Peak District and he is really keen to share his experiences across Lancashire and South Cumbria that will make a difference to our communities and our people in Derby and Derbyshire.