The Commercial Director of the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, Richard Stubbs, has been appointed to act up as the organisation’s Interim Managing Director.
Richard will be supported by Dawn Lawson, Chief Operating Officer, who will also act up as Deputy Managing Director.
Richard, pictured right, has a wealth of experience and, as Commercial Director of the AHSN, has responsibility for executive leadership on the commercial, innovation and economic growth objectives of the organisation.
Richard joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee in 2002. Prior to joining the AHSN, Richard was Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England. His role involved developing national programmes that maximised benefits to patients and the NHS, in addition to supporting the UK economic growth agenda and promoting and facilitating commercial opportunities, both domestically and internationally.
Before joining NHS England Richard was the Managing Director of NHS Global, a precursor to Healthcare UK, established to support the delivery of health care expertise to international markets.
Richard also created and led the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, a role that involved improving the culture of innovation in NHS organisations and was a core member of the NHS National Leadership Council. He has previous acute and commissioning senior management experience.
Dawn, pictured left, is widely experienced in research and innovation in the NHS. She has a strong commitment to, and a personal belief in, the importance of innovation to healthcare services and education.
With a PhD in health psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), Dawn has worked both as a post-doctoral researcher, undertaking research in the NHS and as an NHS senior manager.
Dawn is the lead Executive Director responsible for working with other networks in the region including the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Strategic Clinical Networks, Urgent Care Networks, NHS Vanguards, Clinical Senate and the research infrastructure, bringing together groups of individuals to work across complex problems using a system lens.
Both appointments have been made to cover a period of long term sick leave for the substantive AHSN Managing Director, Andrew Riley.
Professor Will Pope, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Chair, said: “I’m grateful to Richard and Dawn for stepping up into these temporary positions and for taking on the responsibilities of Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director. I know that they will have the support of our team and our stakeholders in ensuring continuity, certainty and clarity for the business, and on behalf of the board I wish Richard and Dawn well and every success in their appointments.”