NHS Yorkshire & the Humber Leadership Academy

Supporting your leadership journey

Meet the team

Clive Spencer

Director (North East, Yorkshire and The Humber)

0191 3728619

clive pic square.jpgClive has over 20 years of management experience. He qualified as an Industrial Engineer in the private sector and utilised these skills in the NHS in the north east and London holding posts in finance, HR/OD, training / development and senior operational management. These roles were punctuated with posts in regeneration for a local authority and as a self-employed management consultant.

He has extensive experience as a service improvement and organisational development practitioner; while working in a regional OD team he trained over 1,000 NHS employees and assisted teams in over 80 organisations. He is also a practicing executive coach and trained in psychometric techniques.

Andrea Overton

Deputy Head & Head of Operations

07766 505694








Vanessa Garrity

Development Manager, Primary Care, Citizen and Patient Leadership



Vanessa is a registered mental health nurse with over 20 years' experience of working within the NHS and independent sector in various clinical and leadership roles. Prior to joining us, Vanessa had been working independently for four years, predominantly in  healthcare improvement, transformation and organisational development, much of this in primary care.

Vanessa remains passionate about the mental health agenda and still works clinically, most recently within a health injustice setting. She also has a long standing interest in digital technology within healthcare and runs @WeMHNurses, as well as national work around digital engagement. Vanessa sits on the National Clinical Advisory Group for Rethink Mental Health and on the Editorial Board for Mental Health Nursing Journal.

Rachel Hawley

Leadership Associate, Patient and Citizen Leadership

RH pic square.jpgRachel is a coach, researcher and author with teaching experience in healthcare leadership and management. With a background in nursing, she has over 25 years’ experience of working with public sector organisations from local to European level, with a patient, citizen and staff engagement focus. Reflecting on her own story was formative, guiding her to work in involvement, leadership and change.

 Her passion for cultivating collaborative practices is reflected through the publication of the first complete guide of its kind - Iordanou, I., Hawley R. and Iordanou, C. (2017) Values and Ethics in Coaching; awarded Book of the Year by The Coaching Centre, Henley Business School. Rachel is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Studies.

John Hunter

Development Manager, National Programmes, Healthcare Leadership Model, Coaching and Mentoring, GMTS

07990 780998

JH square 2019.jpgJohn has 25 years experience in people development and relational roles across the public sector. He has worked with clients from all levels offering help to identify, explore and clarify goals as well as supporting them through challenging times.

He is a qualified coach and accredited psychometrics practitioner including Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Healthcare Leadership Model and 16PF. John is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; he is also a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Mind and runs a small psychotherapy practice.

Beverley Powell

Development Manager, Building Leadership for Inclusion, Talent Management

07770 315793

2018CommsBrochureImageBPsquare.pngBeverley is the strategic lead for inclusion and talent management, a certified life coach and associate member of CIPD. She was nationally recognised in 2014 by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 50 black, Asian and minority ethnic pioneers for her inclusion work within the NHS, and on improving the experiences of transgender patients when accessing primary and secondary care.

Beverley brings to her role a wealth of experience from employment across the public sector providing leadership in the same field. Her work is largely shaped by that of Richard Delgado, Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, Mee Yang Cheung Judge and the use of self as instrument. 

Sarah Knowles

Joint Business Manager (North East, Yorkshire and The Humber)

0191 3728616

Sarah KnowlesAfter joining the NHS in 2006, Sarah worked first in project management at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and then at the North East Strategic Health Authority within the leadership and talent management team.

Part of the Academy team since its establishment in 2010, Sarah leads on business management including planning and performance, communications, governance and finance. She is a Healthcare Leadership Model 360 trainer and facilitator, qualified coach, and MBTI Step 1 practitioner.

Outside of work Sarah loves living on the coast in South Shields, going to gigs and having adventures with her husband Jon and Border Collie Brody.

Kieran Dunn

Leadership Administrator


KD for websitesquare.jpgKieran joined the NHS in 2013 as a Business Administration Apprentice. He moved into regional finance and procurement, responsible for invoice query management for the north. He has extensive experience of the Oracle R12 system and training colleagues to use it. Since November 2017 Kieran has been part of our team, responsible for the maintenance of finance and my e-coach.

Kieran's passion is mental health; he is qualified with Mental Health First Aid England as a first aider. Outside work, Kieran enjoys competing in MMA and playing the occasional game of football on Saturdays.


Amy Makler

Programme Manager

07780 587183


Amy joined the NHS in 2013, after completing her BA Hons degree in Sociology. Over the past 5 years Amy has had a variety of Business Support roles within the NHS, then secured a role as Programme Manager with us. Amy supports the Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS), Building Leadership for Inclusion (BLFI) and the development of Talent Management across the region. Amy has recently completed the Managing Successful Programmes course (MSP) and the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme.

Outside of work, Amy enjoys being around her friends and family, visiting new places and spending time outdoors.


Amanda Reszczynski

Programme Coordinator

07918 364052


Amanda joined the team in 2013 following a career in local authority settings, including apprenticeship scheme training coordinator for Leeds City Council, and 10 years at Oldham Council as the Senior HR Advisor for the job evaluation programme and pay & reward scheme.

Outside of work Amanda enjoys baking, regularly contributing to charity cake sales in the office, and getting creative through glass fusion.



Lucy Scarisbrick

Alumni and Engagement Officer

07766 602483

LS for brochuresquare.pngLucy joined us in 2014, having worked in events management in not-for-profit and education settings previously. She is the communications lead for the team, and oversees the Co-Creation Network supporting healthcare communities of practice. 

Lucy is a qualified coach, and facilitator for the Mary Seacole 'local' Programme. In her spare time she spends too much money on second hand disco records.