Senior Leadership Team

Education for Health is led by our Chief Executive Dr Linda Edwards, supported by our 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.


Julia Neal
Director of Education

Julia Neal
Julia Neal

Julia brings clinical and senior management experience from a variety of NHS and third sector settings to her role as Director of Education and Training which she has held for five years.  She is passionate about delivering high quality education that will support HCPs to really make a difference to their patients care and management.

She is responsible for delivering the Charity’s Teaching and Learning Strategy and has led the team through the implementation of online learning as well as the successful Institutional Review and Validation of the MSc Respiratory Practice through University of Hertfordshire and Institutional Review and Revalidation of the BSc and DipHe Long Term Conditions through The Open University

Julia has a particular interest in understanding students’ experiences and perceptions of online learning and her most recent publications are in this field.  Her external roles include membership of the steering group for two NIHR funded research studies and the HEE National TB Workforce Development Steering Group.  She is an External Examiner for Birmingham City University.


Stephen Ryan
Director of Innovations Unit

Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan recently joined Education for Health as the Director of the Innovations Unit. He joins us 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 will be looking 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.