Karen Chummun

Miss Karen Chummun

Head of Talent: London, NHS England

Karen Chummun is the NHS England Head of Talent for the London Region, joining the organisation in April 2020.

The roles focuses on strategic planning and talent management for NHS London; setting standards, best practice and co-designing regional interventions to improve career mobility for staff. Alongside bespoke support for individuals, facilitating the London Talent Sponsorship Scheme, enabling work placements across organisational boundaries, Karen is working with Clinical Commissioning Groups and the emerging Integrated Care Systems to ensure a robust focus on talent management.

Karen joined the London Deanery in 2012 working in Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, initially managing postgraduate training for various specialties, then as the Head of National Recruitment before taking on a role overseeing Doctors in Difficulty, Innovation and Transformation programmes and Stakeholder Engagement. Karen has worked at local and national levels, as well as in partnership across the 4 UK Nations. In 2019 she moved to the NHS Leadership Academy, where as the London Talent regional programme lead, she set up the first London Regional Talent Board and Aspire Together Executive Director London Talent Pool. During the Covid19 first wave she established the London Deployment hub, deploying workforce to the London Nightingale, Trusts and social care and redeploying returning/retired workforce. While supporting the London Covid19 Testing cell she managed the London lateral flow test early and wider London role out. As Workforce lead supporting the London Breast Screening Recovery cell she Chair multi-organisational strategic and operational workforce groups and oversaw the development of a pan-London Breast Screening Workforce strategy to enable recovery and help address screening backlogs.

Before working in the NHS, Karen worked for the Forensic Science Service, a government owned company, until their closure in 2012. Initially starting as a Forensic Assistant specialising in DNA and Fibres, she was the first Senior Assistant to make the leap from laboratory to Service Delivery Team Leader. She worked her way to National Business Stream Team Leader to managing large national high performing multi-disciplinary teams over 7 Laboratories, including Homicide, Violent and Terrorism, Sexually Motivated and Volume Crime teams, supporting 48 police forces and international law enforcement. She was the national lead for Fibres cases and the operational lead for Operation Cube, the 2005 LCN DNA review in response to the Rachel Nickell Judicial Review.

Karen has a huge interest in systems and systems thinking. She is a trained Executive coach, mentor and action learning set facilitator. She regularly supports the NHS Graduate Management Scheme and coaches on the Clinical Leaders Coaching Scheme. In her free time she is an enthusiastic science-fiction nerd, has a curiosity about the natural world and is a regularly visitor to museums and art galleries. Throughout all her roles, she has always had a passion for talent management, leadership and investing in people to fulfil their potential.