Executive Team

Education for Health is led by our Chief Executive Dr Linda Edwards, supported by our Executive Team, also identified as the Senior Leadership Team.

Dr Linda Edwards
Chief Executive

Dr Linda Edwards
Dr Linda Edwards

Dr Edwards is a versatile leader, organisational change facilitator, clinician and author on leadership.

Her roles have included CEO and Executive Director positions within the NHS and health charities. She is currently Chair of Age UK Mid Hampshire and has been a Non-Executive Board Member of NHS Integrated Healthcare Trust. This combined with a clinical background in behavioural psychology and podiatry place her in a unique position to facilitate organisational change.

She has a breadth of experience in the diverse challenges of supporting and managing stable organisations as well as those undergoing profound change.

Linda has specialised in making the seemingly impossible, possible by working with people to resolve issues that get in the way of achieving better health outcomes for people. She believes that the true skill of leadership is to create the environment which enables people to naturally shine.  In this way the unachievable becomes very achievable and people enjoy their work.


Becky Harkcom
Deputy Chief Executive and Company Secretary

Becky Harkcom
Becky Harkcom

Becky is a Chartered Accountant with considerable   experience across a number of sectors. She joined Education for Health in 2007 as Director of Finance with the task of introducing commercial awareness and strong financial management to the charity.

She now has responsibility to ensure all the resources of the charity are well managed and leads the finance, customer service, ICT, estates and HR functions.

Becky works closely with the chief executive and the senior management team to drive strategy and continuous improvement.


Ann Saxon
Director of Learning Design and Quality

Ann Saxon

Ann has over 25 years’ experience of working in Higher Education with a range of health professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her experience includes supporting research students in a range of topic areas including public health, long-term conditions and service improvement.

She is a senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and very interested in developing new ways of learning and supporting students. Her teaching interests include leadership, service improvement and person-centred practice.


Stephen Ryan
Director of Innovations Unit

Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan joined Education for Health from Diabetes UK, where he led the North of England for the past three years.

Stephen has a strong background mixing NHS, private sector and third sector senior management positions over the last 20 years. He has a particular interest in primary care, having worked for GPs, pharmacists and optometrists in the past, including a spell as a practice manager in the 1990s. Stephen has a personal as well as a professional interest in diabetes, as his young son has Type 1 diabetes.

As Director of the Innovations Unit, Stephen looks at creating and testing out new ways for us to provide support to the NHS, looking at the changing NHS landscape to identify and pursue innovative business opportunities.


Adam Smith
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships 

Adam SmithAdam brings a wealth of experience from his background working in patient-facing and strategic roles across the Third Sector, NHS, and Public Health. Adam leads the Partnerships Team covering NHS and Corporate Partnerships who offer education designed to support the development of confidence and competence in healthcare professionals across the UK and beyond.

Having studied a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition, Adam strongly believes in the role education and training can play in supporting high quality care and subsequent improvements in population and patient health outcomes.

Adam is continuously looking at new ways to add value to our education to drive maximum impact and support new and existing partners on their journey of professional development.