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Ronke Akerele

Dr Ronke Akerele

Director of Staff Experience and Engagement, NHS England

Dr Ronke Akerele is the Director of Staff Experience and Engagement; she has the remit to lead the ambition to make the NHS the best place to work that enables a great experience for staff and therefore a great care experience for patients and carers.
She builds on three successful years of previously being the Director of Culture Transformation at NHS England. She led the implementation of national strategies on Government’s manifesto’s commitment on retention, leveraging value proposition on reward with pension reforms, enabling new ways of flexible working with implementation of the innovative digital staff passport including embedding an inclusive and compassionate culture in the NHS
Prior to her current role, she had spent the previous eight years as a Board Executive Director across various NHS Trusts leading culture change, innovation, quality improvement and business transformation functions that has resulted in improved service outcomes for service users and families.
Before her executive director roles, Ronke spent thirteen years of her career in management consultancy working on roles in strategy execution, information technology, performance management, change and programme management within the private and public sector organisations.
She has held senior positions in Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Imperial College Health Partners, BUPA, Career Quality Commission (UK), NHS Croydon, NHS Westminster, Barking, Havering, Redbridge NHS Trust, Accenture, PWC and HealthGravitas.
She holds a Doctorate in Organisational Change, executive MBA, MSc in Information Technology, BSc in Economics and has undertaken Executive Education programmes both in London Business School and Harvard Business School.
Ronke is a Council Board Member of Goldsmiths, University of London, Associate Professor at Anglia Ruskin University and an honorary lecturer at Imperial College, London.

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