Trust welcomes new Director of Organisational Development and Workforce

Claire Holmes has joined Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Organisational Development and Workforce.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Claire was formerly Group HR Director of the NPS Group – a national, multi-disciplinary property design and consultancy company wholly owned by Norfolk County Council. She has 17 years’ experience in the field and has worked across a variety of sectors including professional services, financial services, retail and the NHS.

Claire was raised and educated in the north east of England and says she had a passion for human resources from an early age. She graduated with her first HR degree from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and joined Aviva (then Norwich Union Insurance) on its fast track HR graduate programme based in Norwich.

Two whirlwind years later, and with a master’s in Strategic HR Management behind her, she took a permanent role delivering major change programmes nationally for Aviva and a host of its subsidiary companies including the RAC, Auto Windscreens and car checking service HPI.

She left Aviva to become Strategic HR Business Partner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust and supported its successful journey to Foundation Trust status, eventually moving on to join the NPS group.

“I have a passion for creating a positive environment for the workforce and driving a culture of continuous improvement, not only within HR but across the organisations in which I have worked. I consider it a privilege to be invited to join LYPFT and I am very much looking forward to my new challenge and building on the excellent work developed by my predecessors,” said Claire.

She said that she was also happy to be moving closer to her northern roots and introducing her 20 month old son to hills after the flat lands of Norfolk!