About Me

I started this blog when I was Chief Executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust between 2011 and 2014. I am now Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, having been the CEO of the NHS Confederation between 2014 and 2016.I also lead on the West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

This site has the occasional post from a personal perspective. Enjoy!


I have worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation and delivery. I was a director in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and in a successful national public/private partnership. I previously spent ten years as a trustee of Leeds Mencap.

I have been a successful Chief Executive in the NHS, as a commissioner and a provider of services. I have chaired formal Cancer, Primary Care and Learning Disability Networks. As a front line Chief, I often worked on many national projects and continue to do so.  I am passionate about the NHS, health and care. I am determined that we thrive in the tough times ahead through the talent that exists in our staff, partners, parents, carers and patients.

I firmly believe this means we have to live our values in tough times.

I recently gained formal qualifications as a Coach . I am fortunate to be a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University. I am proud to be an honorary  Fellow at the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Royal College of GPs, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Outside work, I enjoy music, Manchester City, food, literature and being a servant to my two children…. I live in Leeds.


11 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Rob, I am a service user with a diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder (for 30 years). My book entitled ‘Loud Silence’ has been published through the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Professor Graham Thornicroft initiated the publication. Most of the poems have an anti stigma message. I’d like to send you a copy. Please send me a forwarding address.

  2. Rob,

    I’m just about to take over as Director of Bristol Health Partners and I would very much welcome your advice about how to have real impact at city and city region level. If you have a few minutes the Bristol Health Partners website and my own blog chirtongroup.wordpress.com will give you a good idea of the partnership as it is now and the sort of things that inspire me – if either stimulate your interest and you have some time to share, please get in touch. dcjrelph@gmail.com

    David Relph

      • Rob, I’ve just discovered your reply, my apologies for the tardy response. If you are still up for a chat, do let me know how I can get in touch. To refresh your memory, im interested in the work you did on city leadership and city leaders. It would be great to do something ambitious along these lines in Bristol. David

  3. Hi – just read your Leadership Academy Blog on ‘All means all’ via Linkedin – which was inspiring – and tried to leave this comment but my ipad froze. Hope you find it of interest,
    Ashley Callaghan (student MH nurse).

    ‘Enjoyed reading this – would just like to add a note about homeless and insecurely-housed populations. Homelessness is a strong determinant of mental health problems and many people on Acute and Recovery wards face serious housing problems. Yet homeless populations tend to be disengaged from Primary Care. Mental health prevention and early intervention are crucial in this neglected sector of the population. US-style Pop-Up Clinics could be used to bring quality services to these ‘difficult to reach’ people. The savings to Acute and Social Services would outweigh the up-front costs. Just a thought!’

  4. I would very much like to speak with you regarding my experience of Fieldhead Hospital. Please could I have an email address or telephone number to contact you?
    This is a serious matter.

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