CfWI leadership team

Greg Allen, Managing Director

Greg Allen NewGreg is the Managing Director of CfWI, having previously joined as Chief Operating Officer.  He is accountable for all strategy, delivery, business development, finance, transformation and OD.  Greg has a background in economics, political science and HR and he draws on his wealth of experience - including ten years as an executive director in the NHS and ten years of wider private sector experience.  He brings specific subject matter expertise in health workforce planning & development and human resource management.  He is passionate about stakeholder engagement, service delivery and working in partnership. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and an OD specialist. Greg has held a number of national NHS responsibilities including employer-side chair of the NHS Staff Council (pay negotiation), member of the Social Partnership Forum and he is still a co-opted member of the NHS Employers Policy Board.

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Mark Garvey, Contracts Manager

Mark Garvey at the CfWI Annual Conference 2012 Mark is a fully qualified and experienced programme manager, and has managed a number of large and complex programmes. He has experience and specialisms in a number of fields, such as programme management, procurement and service review. He has a broad knowledge of all areas of local government service delivery, from planning to benefits to education and social care.



Grant Fitzner, Director of Analytics

Grant Fitzner, Director of Analytics, Centre for Workforce IntelligenceGrant has worked in a range of senior analyst roles in both public and private sectors, successfully leading several high-performing research teams. He previously worked as a consultant at Monitor, the NHS sector regulator. He was also chief analyst at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and director of employment market analysis and research at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Dr Rhidian Hughes, Head of Social Care

Rhidian HughesRhidian Hughes, whose career has spanned senior appointments across academic, statutory and private sectors, is a strategic leader who has advised, lectured and written on social care, health care and public welfare. He is the expert voice in the CfWI on workforce planning and development in social care, including approaches to integration with public health and health care. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 200 articles, books, chapters and reports. He has received three honorary awards from UK universities.




Dr Graham Willis, Head of Research and Development

Graham WillisGraham has over 30 years’ experience in information visualisation, modelling complex systems and strategic consulting, for a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors in the UK and Europe. He has extensive knowledge of scenario generation and the use of system dynamics in understanding the implications of policy decisions. Since joining the CfWI he has been responsible for improving its approach to workforce modelling and analysis, in particular developing a framework for model development that integrates horizon scanning, scenario development and supply and demand modelling.

Rachel Joint, Head of Communications

Rachel Joint at the CfWI Annual Conference 2012Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in journalism and communications, including work with central government, local government and the private sector. In recent years she has focused predominately on the health and education sectors and was a communications consultant with the Mouchel team supporting the Healthy Schools programme at DH and Department for Education between 2005 and 2010.

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Matt Edwards, Head of Horizon Scanning & International

matt edwards correct.jpgMatt has significant experience having worked across the public services and industry as a strategic and operational performance improvement specialist.  Matt’s main focus is within healthcare but he has also worked extensively within social care, government, electronics and aviation industries internationally.  Matt has experience of long term strategic leadership and delivering continuous improvement across the health and social care sectors.  He has published within the health and care workforce arenas and his education background is in engineering, technology and management sciences.

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Kristy O‘Connor, Delivery Manager

Kristy O'ConnorKristy has extensive advisory and consultancy experience across a variety of public and private sector clients. She has a track record of delivery success, having efficiently managed a number of projects from inception to post implementation. For the last three years Kristy was the Operations Manager for the Business Change Service across NME on the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) responsible for the management of resources, budgets, delivery and quality.

Steven Gale, Board Secretary

Steven GaleSteven Gale has worked with a wide range of organisations within central and local government, the arts and charity sector on a variety of assignments, specialising in consultation, governance, budget management and stakeholder management.  As Board Secretary, he is responsible for supporting the CfWI Governance Board and Advisory Panel.