Chris Oakes

SpecialityDirector of HR and OD, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Chris is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT). NHFT was rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission in 2018, and also won the Health Service Journal’s prestigious Trust of the Year Award the same year. The embedding of a culture of distributed leadership is key to NHFT’s successes, and its staff engagement work has recently been recognised through award wins at the Healthcare People Management Awards, the Nursing Times Workforce Awards, the International Engage Awards, and the CIPD awards where they took home the trophy for Best Employee Experience.

Chris has an abundance of experience within healthcare, both in the NHS and the independent sector. He has been involved in developing high-quality human resources services and leading significant culture change and organisational development. Chris was the Director of Workforce and OD at the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and prior to that was the director of HR at St Andrew’s Healthcare. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has an MBA from Cass Business School (City University) and recently completed an MSc in Leadership at the University of Birmingham


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