Who we are
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath was Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change until the recent change of government. He was also Deputy Leader of the House of Lords.
He also served as a Minister in the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Ministry of Justice. Lord Hunt was also Health Minister on two occasions.
He is a previous chief executive of the NHS Confederation and a co-Chair of the Association for Public Health.
He is currently President of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Jill DeBene is an established Health Service Manager with a career that spans the NHS, IT Healthcare, Change Consultancy and Global IT. She has operated at NHS Executive level managing acute and community services. Throughout her varied career she has developed and applied key communication and influencing skills. She has an approach which is inclusive and the skills she has acquired through her coaching qualification and her Masters have been invaluable. She believes in continual education and development. Healthcare and change are her two passions and she will always be attracted to a role where she can understand the potential for delivering sustainable change that improves the patient experience and the effective delivery of healthcare.
Jill started as a trainee in the NHS adding the Professional IHM qualification to her Business studies qualifications. As a mature student she completed a MSc in change at Bristol University. She has managed in community and acute services mainly in the South East. However as a Management Consultant and IT Healthcare specialist she has worked across a much larger part of the UK.
Jill has one son and enjoys running, cycling and singing when time allows.
She has previously been Account Director at Servelec Healthcare, Director of Healthcare at Methods Consulting and held a number of senior roles in Healthcare delivery and IT at BT. She has commissioned a hospital in Africa and had a varied NHS career before that joining the Regional Training Scheme in the South East and working in a number of Acute and community Trusts across London and the South East.
Chair of IHM Wales
Tracey Cooper is Chief Executive of Public Health Wales. This is a national organisation within the NHS in Wales and its main purpose is to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales and to reduce health inequalities. It does this through a diverse range of functions that include delivering screening, vaccination and immunisation programmes; providing microbiology services; leading on health protection; providing strategic leadership in healthcare associated infections; delivering health and healthcare improvement programmes and providing a health observatory resource.
Prior to joining Public Health Wales, Tracey had been the Chief Executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in the Republic of Ireland since 2006. Its functions include the setting of standards, regulating health and social care services, undertaking Health Technology Assessments and providing advice on, and developing technical standards for, improvements in health information.
Tracey qualified as a doctor at Southampton University in 1990. Her career has included working clinically in emergency medicine, emergency care services and health system reform. She has worked in, and advised on, a variety of different health systems in different parts of the world.
In 2008, Tracey joined the Board of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and became its President in 2011. She is currently the Immediate Past President.
Chair of IHM Northern Ireland
Chair of IHM London and South East
Peter is Strategic Health Care Advisor/ P21+ Development Consultant/ Managing Director GUYCON Healthcare Management Consultancy Limited. Special interests: Capital Investments Projects, Mental Health
As a Companion and Fellow of the Institute, continuous membership and knowledge of the IHM ( in all of its previous incarnations) since 1977 including membership of the former South East Thames and Scottish Regional Councils.
Following 9 years training and service in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force Peter joined the NHS in 1970 at University College Hospital Group, London and was accepted on NE Thames Regional Health Authority planned administrative movement training scheme. Within 15 years, following a succession of increasing senior NHS general health management posts, managing individual and groups of hospitals, including significant capital projects developments, Peter achieved a chief officer’s position as District Administrator and Secretary to Dartford and Gravesham Health Authority remaining there, on NHS reorganisation, as an Executive Board Director until 1990, moving on to international Project Directorship/ Consultant Adviser in developing countries, re-joining the NHS in Scotland to lead a major Scottish Executive national project and a spell as Norflok LIFT Project Director prior to embarking on major capital projects in 2003, developing and delivering local and national award winning projects using DH framework processes – ProCure 21 and ProCure 21+. Peter has a particular interest in health sector modernisation, institutional strengthening and in training and development in the UK and the developing world – Cyprus/Botswana/Pakistan/Guyana/Tanzania – using British models suitably adapted for local application. He is a Visiting Lecturer- London South Bank University, Advisor – IHM International Special Interest Group, a BESO/VSO Volunteer; Chair/Trustee – Registered Health/ Cultural Charities; Member – Lewisham Health and Well Being Board, Chairman-Royal Air Forces Association-City and Central Branch and a former Magistrate/Justice of the Peace – Inner London 1981-90.
Chair of IHM East Midlands
Keith began his NHS career in 1981 in Leicester as an internal audit assistant. His first general management job came in 1984 when he moved to Glenfield General Hospital as a junior administrator.
Keith moved to Grimsby Hospital from 1987-1992, firstly as a senior administrator but finally as a contracts manager in the early days of the purchaser/provider split.
A move to the Bassetlaw Hospital & Community Trust followed in 1992. During his five years in Worksop Keith undertook a variety of roles including contracting and planning, and business director for surgical specialties.
Keith moved to Nottingham City Hospital in 1997 where he undertook a number of roles, including that of Business Manager for a range of specialties, and programme manager for service improvement prior to the merger of the City Hospital with the Queens Medical Centre in 2006.
Keith has been General Manager for the Directorate of Cancer & Associated Specialties since 2007.
Keith has been involved in the IHM at grass roots and national level for twenty years, becoming a Companion of the Institute in 2006.
Chair of IHM West Midlands
Chair of IHM North West
Chair of IHM North East, Tyne and the Humber