Dr Emily Lawson

National Director Transformation & Corporate Operations, NHS England

Emily joined NHS England as National Director for Transformation and Corporate Operations in November 2017. Responsible for a range of enabling corporate functions which support the effectiveness and efficiency of NHS England, with a focus on leading the transformation agenda for the organisation.

Working to transform the way NHS England and NHS Improvement work together to provide single system leadership to the NHS, Emily is leading an ambitious programme to align leadership and collective resources around a shared set of priorities that will add the most value to the NHS.

A Molecular Geneticist by background, Emily has led a number of large-scale organisational change programmes. Before joining NHS England, Emily was Chief People Officer at Kingfisher plc where she was part of the international leadership team. Prior to that, she was Group HRD at Morrisons and spent 15 years at McKinsey, where she worked across a number of sectors leading transformation.

Emily is also Deputy Chair of the 30% club, which aims to increase representation of women on UK plc boards, and to research and support greater diversity in the UK and global institutions.

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