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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

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Louise Rigg

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive, Chair and Board

Get in touch with Louise should you wish to contact or meet with the Chief Executive, Chair or the Authority's Board.

Email Louise Rigg

Tel: 020 7389 8041

Standards and Policy

Christine Braithwaite

Director of Standards and Policy

Christine 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 and sits as a lay panel member on the Bar Standards Board’s professional conduct committee.

Email Christine Braithwaite

Tel: 020 7389 8039

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Amanda Little

Policy Manager

Contact Amanda about regulatory policy.

Email Amanda Little

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Daisy Blench

Policy Manager

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

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

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

Karen Smith

Communications and Marketing Officer (Accredited Registers programme)

Contact Karen about communications and marketing for the accredited registers programme.

Email Karen Smith

Tel: 020 7389 8008

Kirsty Taylor

Policy Adviser

Contact Kirsty about regulatory policy and consultations. Kirsty is our policy lead for Scotland.

Email Kirsty Taylor

Tel: 020 7389 8023

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 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

Governance and Operations

John McDermott

Director of Governance and Operations

John is our Director of Governance and Operations. He leads the team responsible for our corporate services providing support including finance, human resources (HR), information and communication technology (ICT) and 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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Marija Hume

Head of Finance

Marija leads on Finance, audit – external, audit – internal and procurement for the Authority.

Email Marija Hume

Tel: 020 7389 8036

Merve Cokgezici

Finance Officer

Merve works within Finance, audit – external, audit – internal and procurement for the Authority.

Email Merve Cokgezici

Tel: 020 7389 8044

Priya Gungadin

Senior Finance Officer

Priya works within Finance, audit – external, audit – internal, health and safety and procurement for the Authority.

Email Priya Gungadin

Tel: 020 7389 8033

Ryan Davison

Operational and ICT Support Officer

Ryan leads on performance reporting, accommodation and facilities and administration. He also works within ICT, information security, complaints, health and safety and business continuity for the Authority.

Email Ryan Davison

Tel: 020 7389 8030

Salma Rahman

HR and Governance Adviser

Salma works within HR, information security, information requests (FOI/SAR/EIR), governance, risk management, complaints, external stakeholder relationships and health and safety for the Authority.

Email Salma Rahman

Tel: 020 7389 8055

Suzanne Dodds

Head of Governance

Suzanne leads on HR, information security, information requests (FOI/SAR/EIR), governance, risk management, complaints, external stakeholder relationships and health and safety. She also works within performance reporting, accommodation and facilities, business continuity and administration for the Authority.

Email Suzanne Dodds

Tel: 020 7389 8025

Tahir Omar

ICT Manager

Tahir leads on ICT and business continuity. He also works within information security and health and safety for the Authority.

Email Tahir Omar

Tel: 020 7389 8030