Our Team

Non-urgent advice: Zoe Birch- Head of Talent

I’m an experienced Organisational & People Development professional and leader who has worked across the public (civil service and NHS) and private sector for around 20 years.

I believe in helping people to reach their full potential, perform at their best and to feel that they belong, so that they thrive in their working lives to enable better, and more inclusive patient and population health outcomes. My team and I put this into practice with strategic and practical interventions that support the talent management cycle, working in partnership with our local organisations and systems.

Outside of work, I enjoy long walks, nature and animals, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends. I also run the York Coaching Circle http://www.coachingyork.co.uk/ (Co-founder since 2011).

I have an MSc in People and Organisational Development – Roffey Park (2015), a MA Business & Management (2005), ILM7 in Leadership and Executive Coaching (2019) & accredited action learning set facilitator. Board Member of York Cares (Charity) (2015) http://www.yorkcares.co.uk/.Team overall winner in ‘Best of the Best, ‘HR Impact’ & Health & Wellbeing categories for Covid19 Health & Wellbeing response for the NHS Personnel Today awards (2020)

Non-urgent advice: Sally Senior- Regional Programme Lead

My role is to provide effective talent management delivery within the North East and Yorkshire region. I am passionate about supporting the workforce and improving outcomes in population health and healthcare, through national, regional and system talent and leadership collaboration.

My career has been based in the public sector organisation (NHS, Local Government, Education), where I have a wealth of strategic human resources and people development experience. My qualifications include a MSC in Strategic Human Resources (completed in 2016), where I studied the impact of the menopause in the workplace. I am also a trained coach and mentor (level 5) and facilitator of the Healthcare Leadership Model, providing facilitation to all levels and job roles across the wider NHS system.

Non-urgent advice: Kaye Purkis- Talent Project Manager

As the Talent Project Manager for the North-East and Yorkshire talent team, I lead projects which support talent initiatives across the region. I have a wealth of experience working across different settings (families, frail elderly, mental health) working with people either directly or in a stepped back role implementing change initiatives and projects. All with the same outcome – to improve health equality through collaboration and joined up systems working.

Educated to degree level (BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling), I’m also trained as a facilitator in Everything DiSC, Career Development and coaching and mentoring (ILM5) as well as a mental health first aider. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and am passionate about developing myself and others.

Non-urgent advice: Kayleigh Roberts- Talent Project Administrator

My role is to support my team in the effective delivery of Talent Management in the North East and Yorkshire. Once I finished my degree, I worked in patient facing roles in hospitals supporting the running of outpatient clinics and receptions. I worked behind the scenes in emergency care providing data and administrative support before progressing to my current role in the region.

With this experience in supporting front line staff and patient care, I am very passionate about the workforce feeling safe, included and encouraged to achieve their full potential.