NHS Leadership Academy

2024 | London
Developing better leaders in health and care


James Mountford

Director of Quality, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust; United Kingdom

James Mountford is the Director of Quality at Royal Free London FT (RFL) and leads an ambitious system-wide improvement journey. In the past, he worked for McKinsey and completed a Harkness Fellowship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Editor of BMJ Leader.

Amit Nigam

Deputy Editor in Chief, BMJ Leader, Professor of management, Bayes Business School; United Kingdom

Amit Nigam is the Deputy Editor in Chief of BMJ Leader journal and is also a professor of management at the Bayes Business School. 


Beverley Powell

NHS Transformational Leadership Coach, NHS Public Governor

Beverley is an experienced Transformation Leadership Coach who specialises in equality and diversity. Beverley has been recognised as a winner of multiple national awards for her contributions towards equality, diversity, and inclusion, notably 2014 HSJ BAME Pioneer award.

From community groups to national institutions, Beverley is committed to delivering results that matter. Her passion and experience combine to enable her to appreciate the many ways in which discrimination can affect staff and service users and allow her to support individuals and groups to make positive changes.

Emma Marrison-Taylor

Project Manager, NHS England; United Kingdom

Emma Marrison-Taylor is a Project Manager in Clinical Leadership Development at NHS England, and volunteers alongside her role to address LGBTQ+ health inequalities in cancer care within Derbyshire. She cares deeply about empowering clinical leaders who are authentic and compassionate. She also advocates for equality, diversity and inclusion within and outside of her NHS work. Emma is a disabled leader and speaks openly about disability, intersectionality and keeping patients at the heart of everything we do.

Rachael Moses

Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, National Clinical Advisor for Respiratory and Head of Clinical Leadership Development, NHS England; United Kingdom

Rachael Moses is a Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, National Clinical Advisor for Respiratory with the Personalised Care Team at NHSE and Head of Clinical Leadership Development at NHS England.  She is passionate about raising awareness regarding equity, diversity and inclusion and showcasing the huge value of multi-professional working and personalised care. Rachael is proud to be the first non-medic British Thoracic Society President, sits on a number of national committees and is a humanitarian aid worker.  In 2021 Rachael was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 2022 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire. 

Susan Edwards

Director, WonderIf; United Kingdom

Curiosity led Susan to do what she loves, which is to understand what motivates people to do the work that they do. With over 18 years’ experience, Susan has had the opportunity to support hundreds of clinicians with their career & leadership coaching. She trains teams and organisations focusing on leadership and management, communication and career wellness. Working with ICB’s, PCN’s and NHS and Community Service Trusts, Susan runs Compassionate & Inclusive Leadership Programmes, she is on the Faculty Leadership Skills & delivers Team coaching. Susan predominantly works in science, healthcare, academia and business. As an RSA Fellow, she is part of a coaching community that aims to turn coaching into a social contribution through events, discussions and the sharing of best practice coaching methodology and techniques. Qualifications include a MA, MSc, Post Grad Dip in coaching, MBTI practitioner, visual thinker and happiness facilitator.