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Professor Nicki Latham


Nicki is currently an Improvement Director in the NHS. Previously she was the Executive Director of Performance and Development at Health Education England (HEE), with the remit to provide the NHS workforce, with the right skills and values, in the right place at the right time to better meet the needs of patients – now and in the future.

Nicki had a wide ranging portfolio including Executive responsibility for performance, workforce transformation, research and innovation, genomics and Building a Digital Ready Workforce. Nicki also had oversight for the NHS Leadership Academy to provide leadership development for the better care.

Nicki was previously Chief Operating Officer for the NHS National Institute for Health Research who provide a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Prior to these national roles over the past 11 years, Nicki gained over 15 years' experience in Higher Education holding several senior management posts and experience as a lecturer and researcher; including at Leeds Beckett University where she completed her PhD in health education.

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