Nicola Hartley

Leadership Associate

Nicola Hartley joined The King’s Fund in 2009 as a Senior Consultant and became Director of Leadership Development in 2011 for a four year tenure. She remains an Associate of The King’s Fund and has worked extensively in organisational development, focusing on culture change and board development. Nicola also has a strong interest in empowering women in leadership and previously co-led The King’s Fund’s Athena programme for executive women.  

Nicola has spent the majority of her career in the NHS and, for four years, worked for the National Policing Improvement Agency as a development adviser, supporting individuals identified as having the potential to reach the most senior positions in the police service. She has also worked as an independent consultant, advising individuals and senior teams in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

She started her career as a general manager in an acute hospital and she has undertaken a wide range of operational and project management roles including clinical service management, capital and strategic planning, resource management, and process and care pathway redesign.

Nicola works part time at Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as Director of OD and Leadership and has previously held NHS executive board level positions leading the development and delivery of service redesign, strategic change, workforce development, financial recovery and organisational development programmes. She has also project managed the merger of health authorities and primary care trusts, designing and delivering the associated HR plans. Nicola has undertaken consultancy projects in the Middle East, advising on the development of strategic plans for the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services and the Bahrain Ministry of Health.

She has an MBA, is qualified at Level B Intermediate Plus in British Psychological Society Psychometric Testing and is also accredited at senior practitioner level with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the International Coach Federation.