New director-level appointments for our London region

We've appointed Sarah Tedford and Rachel Williams to the roles of Winter Director and Operational Improvement Director, respectively, for our London region.

Career highlights

This week, Sarah Tedford joins our London region as Winter Director, on secondment from Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, where she has spent nearly three years as Chief Operating Officer.

Sarah started as a nurse in the NHS in 1985 before moving into management and she has held a number of management and senior operational roles. 

Before joining Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, she spent three years as Deputy Chief Executive at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, she headed up the National NHS Intensive Support Team, which provided bespoke support for trusts to help them address operational challenges and meet performance standards.

Rachel Williams joins our London region as Operational Improvement Director, on secondment from her post as Chief Operating Officer at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she played an instrumental role in improving the trust’s performance on both A&E and cancer.

Previously, Rachel spent three years as Chief Operating Officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. At both Kingston and GOSH, she was the organisation’s accountable officer for business continuity and emergency planning.

Prior to her time at GOSH, Rachel spent nearly 10 years in challenging provider leadership roles in London teaching hospitals, and has postgraduate diplomas in healthcare management and leadership for health service improvement, as well as project management expertise.

I am confident Sarah and Rachel will contribute enormously to our ongoing work, and bring with them a strong mix of operational experience, strategic input and a healthy degree of hands-on delivery. On behalf of NHS Improvement London region, a big welcome to them both.

Steve Russell, Executive Regional Managing Director (London) at NHS Improvement.

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