About Us 

Our Strategic Partners 

Janet Barker, Civil Service Learning 

Rebecca Bryant, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (Chief Fire Officers Association) 

Becci Bryant is the Chief Fire Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. She also served with Cheshire Fire Service and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service prior to transferring to Staffordshire in 2005. She provides the strategic leadership role to Service’s business transformation approach using a systems thinking methodology. Shared Services, collaboration with partners and the locality working project within Stoke-on-Trent also fall within her remit. 

Aongus McGrane, NHS Blood and Transplant 

Aongus has worked all his life in public sector including education, local government and the NHS. Aongus has a background in Psychology and is a qualified teacher. He has worked in a variety of roles in Education and Social Services before focusing on Human Resources with a specialism in Learning and Organisational Development. His current role is to lead a team of Organisational Development Business Partners who have responsibility for corporate OD interventions and provide a service to each directorate within Blood and Transplant. This includes Leadership and Management Development Programmes, Assessment and Development Centres, Coaching and Mentoring Schemes, Action Learning Set Facilitation and bespoke requests for teams across the service. Qualifications include a degree in Psychology, an M.A. by Research, an M.A. in Human Resource Management and a PGCE. Aongus is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. 
 
He has graduated from a graduate management scheme and also a Senior Leadership Development Programme. Aongus is also qualified in Action Learning Set Management and is a qualified Executive Coach. 
 
Life outside work includes travel when possible and politics on a small scale by getting involved during elections especially. 
 

Jayne Toplis, Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Jayne is the Associate Director of Training & Development and Non-Medical Clinical Tutor at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Reporting into the Director of Education, Training & Research, Jayne is responsible for identifying leadership and management development needs within the organisation and has overall responsibility for the design and delivery all aspects of staff development. 
 
Jayne is a registered nurse (RN) and a registered midwife (RM), has a MA Leadership and a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). She retains her NMC Pin and is a member of the Institute for Learning (IfL). Before moving into her current role her career ranged across a number of roles within midwifery including operational management and supervision (a statutory requirement for midwives) as well as facilitating national leadership programmes for the organisation including the Royal College of Nurses Clinical Leadership Programme (CLP) and Leadership at the Point of Care (LPC). Jayne assists Health Education East of England in supporting their leadership development programmes through facilitation of action learning sets, providing NHS Leadership Framework facilitation training and delivering NHS Leadership Framework 360 feedback. 
 

Jo Noakes College of Policing 

Sue Williams, Metropolitan Police 

Sue has over 30 years policing experience with the Metropolitan Police. She has served on a number of boroughs including Waltham Forest, Islington, Camden, Westminster and Brent BOCUs as well as central postings with the Central Drugs Squad, Regional Crime Squad, race and Violent Crime taskforce and Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate. 
 
Sue has been Borough Commander for Redbridge Borough for the past 2 years and has responsibility for the policing of the Borough and developing partnerships with both statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure closer co-operation, working together to reduce crime and improve confidence and satisfaction in order to make a real difference to Communities. She understands how important partnerships are to improve the Borough’s safety, performance and efficiency. She has been involved in major change programmes for the MPS and is in the process of delivering the Local Policing Model on Redbridge that will serve to make the police more professional and effective in front line delivery services. Her vision is to make the BOCU an outstanding performing Borough to deliver a quality service to the Communities of Redbridge and London. 
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