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Chief Executive

Harry Cayton CBE

Chief Executive

Harry Cayton CBE was appointed as our chief executive in August 2007.

Harry was formerly National Director for Patients & the Public at the Department of Health. From 1992 to 2003 he was chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society and from 1981-1992 Director of the National Deaf Children’s Society. He has served on many public and voluntary committees and chaired independent reviews for the Department of Health.

Harry is a trustee of Comic Relief and chair of its UK grants committee. He is Patron of Arts4Dementia.

He was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to people with dementia. He received the Alzheimer Europe Award in 2004, and was Distinguished Graduate of the University of Ulster 2005. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellowship through Distinction from the Faculty of Public Health. He was awarded the CBE in 2014 for services to health care and regulation reform.

Email Harry Cayton CBE

Tel: 020 7389 8041

Standards and Policy

Christine Braithwaite

Director of Standards and Policy

Christine Braithwaite is our Director of Standards and Policy. She leads our team responsible for providing advice on regulation, setting standards, developing research and encouraging learning and debate. She is also our external relations lead.

Christine has previously worked as Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Care Quality Commission and headed the Healthcare Commission’s healthcare infection inspection programme. She also worked for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She holds a masters in law.

Christine is currently a member of a research and ethics committee for the Health Research Authority.

Email Christine Braithwaite

Tel: 020 7389 8039

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Amanda Little

Senior Policy Adviser

Contact Amanda about regulatory policy. Amanda is also our policy lead for Wales.

Email Amanda Little

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Daisy Blench

Policy Adviser

Contact Daisy about regulatory policy and consultations. Daisy is our policy lead for Europe.

Email Daisy Blench

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Dan Scott

Accreditation Officer

Contact Dan about our accredited registers programme

Email Dan Scott

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Dinah Godfree

Senior Policy Adviser

Contact Dinah about regulatory policy. Dinah is also our policy lead for Scotland

Email Dinah Godfree

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Douglas Bilton

Assistant Director of Standards and Policy

Contact Douglas about regulatory policy, research and our academic conferences.

Email Douglas Bilton

Tel: 020 7389 8002

Graham Mockler

Head of Accreditation

Contact Graham about the Accredited Registers programme

Email Graham Mockler

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Lesley Loughran

Publications Officer

Contact Lesley about Publications

Email Lesley Loughran

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Louise Appleby

Accreditation Officer

Contact Louise about the accredited registers programme

Email Louise Appleby

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Michael Warren

Policy Adviser

Contact Michael about regulatory policy. Michael is also our policy lead for Northern Ireland.

Email Michael Warren

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Scrutiny and Quality

Mark Stobbs

Director of Scrutiny and Quality

Mark Stobbs is our Director of Scrutiny and Quality. He leads our team responsible for scrutinising the work of the nine regulators of health and care professionals. Through this work, they identify and share good practice.

Mark has worked predominantly in the legal field. He started his career in what was then the Lord Chancellor’s Department before joining the Bar Council. He led the Council’s complaints and regulatory work before becoming the first Director of the Bar Standards Board.  Between 2008 and 2015, he was Director of Legal Policy at the Law Society of England and Wales.

Email Mark Stobbs

Tel: 020 7389 8030

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David Gomez

Assistant Director (Legal)

Contact David about the Authority's work scrutinising final fitness to practise decisions.

Email David Gomez

Tel: 020 7389 8004

Luane Nisbet

Scrutiny Manager

Contact Luane about our performance reviews of regulators

Email Luane Nisbet

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Philip Hallam

Assistant Director (Performance)

Contact Philip about our performance reviews of regulators.

Email Philip Hallam

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Roisin Fairfax

Scrutiny Manager

Contact Roisin about performance reviews.

Email Roisin Fairfax

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Teena Chowdhury

Scrutiny Manager

Contact Teena about our performance reviews of regulators.

Email Teena Chowdhury

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Governance and Operations

John McDermott

Director of Governance and Operations

John McDermott is our Director of Governance and Operations. He leads our team  responsible for managing our finances, ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to support our staff and that we have effective governance.

John’s background encompasses both change and operational delivery roles including transformations, business planning and risk management. He started his career in local government and was previously Head of Corporate Business Planning for the General Medical Council, before providing governance consultancy to the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Email John McDermott

Tel: 020 7389 8030

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Suzanne Dodds

Governance and Compliance Manager

Contact Suzanne for information requests under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Act and complaints about us.

Email Suzanne Dodds