Leila is a qualified accountant and has held Executive Director posts on NHS Boards in both providing and commissioning organisations – the most recent as Director of Service Transformation at Greater Manchester PCT where she initiated and led the region’s latest comprehensive programme of acute reconfiguration. Leila has also delivered highly controversial major changes to health services in Greater Manchester including the Making It Better programme; the significant reconfiguration of services for women, babies, children, young people and more recently the transformation of particularly challenging specialised services in a number of STP areas.
As Chief Executive, Leila is responsible for strategic oversight and for delivering major transformation programmes across Greater Manchester – key programmes currently being the implementation stage of the Healthier Together Programme and supporting the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership in the delivery of the strategic plan for standardising acute and specialised care.
In 2014, Leila was recognised as a HSJ “Healthcare Leader Inspirational Woman” and continues to actively support the development of women in leadership positions.
Why are you passionate about the NHS?
I’m passionate about transforming health and care so we can eliminate the variation and inequality that exists, and have the quality of care I want for my family and friends. Having chosen to work in the NHS for my whole career , now more than 30 years, I firmly believe that the NHS has the highest quality of staff with the values, behaviours and dedication to “make it better” and I want to play a part in helping the NHS and the people within it achieve their full potential.