Meet Helen Spencer, IoD Ambassador for Healthcare
Helen is as an experienced interim professional, spending the past 17 years helping clients on transformation,
turnaround and efficiency programmes, most recently with a healthcare focus. Clients include healthcare, education, aerospace, chemical and water. She has supported a number of NHS Trusts on acute, commissioning, community and mental healthcare provision, and her focus on organisational improvement and efficiency has provided a platform from which to deliver the IoD Ambassador role.
Q: How long have you been involved with the IoD?
Since 2015 as a member, and a member of the Leicestershire Branch since 2017.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your career to date?
Interim professional since 2002, supporting public and private sector clients, working with well-known UK and international organisations.
The last 10 years have been spent delivering healthcare improvement programmes and projects for various NHS Acute, Commissioning, Community, and Mental Health Trusts. Improvement portfolios have included turnaround & transformation, cost improvement and financial efficiency programmes, service re-design and national NHS England improvement schemes.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as an IoD Ambassador?
Support IoD members working in Healthcare organisations, sharing expertise and best practice, successes and concerns.
Q: If you could give your 21 year old self some advice what would it be?
Have a goal and work towards it, keep focused!
Q: What keeps you busy outside of work?
Work related travel, as an interim I work away on a regular basis, however, I enjoy spending time with family and friends as often as I can.
Q: Are there any business related or policy issues that keep you awake at night?
IR35, this taxation policy has substantially impacted the interim workforce available to public sector clients, especially the NHS. IR35 has assisted the erosion of a flexible, highly skilled resource as interims have retired, returned to full-time employment or exited the public sector market, thereby triggering a substantial loss of expertise.
Q: Why do you think business leaders should join the IoD?
It’s an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, share best practice, and address issues and concerns facing organisations as one voice