Ed Smith is Chairperson of NHS Improvement, the offspring from the union of Monitor and the TDA. He also holds the Pro-Chancellorship of Birmingham University, is a NED for the Dept of Transport, a member of the competition & markets authority and Treasurer of Chatham House. Previous to all of this he held senior roles at PWC. In short, this is a busy man!
He is a highly influential figure within the healthcare machinations of the NHS and its forward strategy, so it is fair to say that candles are burning to extinction from both ends at present. Certainly the political fall out from Brexit and the uncertainty that pervades all public services in the wake of the leadership vacuum mean that his sage hand has perhaps never been more needed.
What is the NHS 'pitch' to the DH and No11 post-austerity? With Trust CEO's apparently now breaking budgets as a sign of collective solidarity, how does he manage to catalyse a holding of the line? Is the JD's action simply the vanguard for a winter of discontent from other health unions? What does he say to the hundreds of thousands of front line NHS workers to inspire them in this period of unprecedented demand and uncertain money?
Roy Lilley is asking the questions in what will be a fascinating and deeply insightful evening that you dare not miss. Ed Smith doesn't have a hugely high profile but, my goodness, he is an 'influence' VIP.
Please book early for what is certain to be another sold out event, with special concessions for early bookers!