Jen Parsons – Head of Business Unit (Programme & Project Management)

Jen Parsons is a senior programme manager with more than 10 years’ experience of working in public sector organisations to transform services. As Head of Business Unit at the NHS Transformation Unit (TU), she is responsible for leadership and staff development within her team, and leading on programme and project delivery. Jen has an extensive track record of delivering programmes that have delivered real improvements in the NHS and in policing.

The first thing I do when I get to work is…

Smile and head to the fabulous office canteen to collect a bacon barm to set me up for the day. After that I’ll settle down at my desk, or head out to meetings with our clients.

When I’m not in the office, I’m normally found…

At seven and a half months pregnant, ‘normal’ has changed somewhat for me. So now I can usually be found putting my feet up – anyone who knows me will know this is out of character – or down at Stockport pool practising my dolphin moves with the Metro Masters swimming team.

After a busy day, I relax by…

Getting stuck into a good book on the commute back home to Derbyshire. I also enjoy swimming to help me unwind after a busy day.

Why are you passionate about the NHS?

The NHS provides an amazing service. You only have to find yourself in some far flung corner of the world needing healthcare treatment to realise what a great institution we have in the UK. The concept of the NHS is to provide access to healthcare for everyone regardless of their means, and I think that’s what makes it particularly special. It’s an organisation that I’m proud to work for.

The best thing about working at the TU is…

My colleagues – they’re creative, energised, driven and supportive when things get difficult.

If I weren’t doing this job, I would be…

This is the job I sought to do from leaving university – it’s challenging but one where I’m constantly learning and helping others in the NHS deliver service change, which is a huge motivator for me. If pushed, though, I could happily take off round the world with my husband on our bikes – babies are portable aren’t they?