Meet the people leading the programme:

Anne Cooper pic May 2017


Anne Cooper is the former Chief Nurse at NHS Digital and has many years experience of working in the NHS with a focus on digital leadership.  She has worked at all levels of healthcare technology delivery from local deployment through to national policy development.

She was a HSJ inspirational leader in 2014 with comments from the judges ‘She is on a mission to get nurses involved with the information technology and informatics agenda – and it is a mission in which she is succeeding.’

Anne believes that focussed leadership development can help everyone to achieve their objectives.  She was the co-developer of the ‘Leadership for Informed Practice’ Programme which was awarded the Digital Health CCIO Clinical Leadership award in 2012.

Anne is a Director of Ethical Healthcare Consulting the only not for profit health informatics consultancy in the UK.  Ethical Healthcare Consulting are the organisation supporting the delivery of the programme.


Ian Pettigrew runs Kingfisher Coaching, helping leaders to develop their true strength so they can get the best of themselves & others. He does this through designing and delivering leadership development programmes, coaching, writing, blogging, keynote speaking, and publishing a podcast.

His work includes:
– Programme development for the NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship (working with DigitalHealth.London)
– Co-leading the Healthcare Digital Leaders Programme
– Working with the NHS North West Leadership Academy on Talent Management
– Delivering IT Leadership Development programmes for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Ian’s areas of deep expertise are strengths-based leadership (he is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach) and personal resilience. He wholeheartedly believes that everyone has talent and anyone can shine, given the right lighting! He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council & the Association for Coaching. Prior to founding Kingfisher Coaching in 2009, Ian was Change Director for AstraZeneca R&D Finance, and he has extensive leadership experience in Informatics and change management.

Ian is an OD Associate for the NHS, a trustee of Retrak (a charity helping street children across Africa), a member of CIPD Manchester branch committee, co-founder of Connecting HR Manchester, and founder of Connecting HR Africa.



Kathryn Winterburn is an inspiring and accomplished organisation and leadership development consultant. Her work helps people see the context of their systems from different perspectives. She is skilled at challenging norms and behaviours, generating new possibilities for lasting change. She possess a rare mix of international, public and private sector experience gained over 30 years, including 16 years in highly complex and fluid NHS environments.
She works with individuals, teams, boards and other diverse groups supporting their development and learning with a range of approaches. Kathryn is a strong advocate of experiential learning and reflexive practice. She has designed and delivered a broad range of leadership programmes including clinical leadership development, board development and aspiring director programmes. She has successfully established communities of practice and learning networks that provide places of learning, inquiry, peer support and reflection. When working one-to-one, her coaching style is challenging but empathetic, working holistically with clients to create ideas and craft new ways of thinking, seeing and being. Using penetrating questions as well as a range of creative methods, working with Kathryn is a rich client-centred and supportive experience.

Kathryn is a also Co-Associate Editor of ‘The Journal for Action Learning: Research and Practice’ and Visiting Research Fellow at the Liverpool Business School, John Moore’s University.

Susan Hamer


Susan Hamer has a clinical background in nursing, and throughout her career she has worked consistently in the fields of leadership and practice development. She is experienced at designing and leading large transformational programmes in the public sector.
She has a doctorate in Adult Education and a masters in Women’s Studies. Until January 2019 Susan was Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development at the NIHR Clinical Research Network. Prior to this Susan was Director of Nursing, Department of Health Informatics Directorate, where she became increasingly passionate about the possibilities for technology to enhance practice and to support innovation.

Susan is a regular writer and the author of “Achieving Evidence-Based Practice” and “Leadership and Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach”. In 2015 she was named an HSJ top Clinical Leader and a Nursing Times inspirational Leader. She was awarded the University of Leeds Women of Achievement Award in March 2016 and the IACRN Distinguished Clinical Research Nurse Award 2018. Susan has been a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute since 2004.