Rita is an organisational development specialist with over 30 years experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is passionate about working with others to support personal, organisational & system transformation to improve community engagement, health and well-being, and reducing health inequalities.
Rita is one of the first NHS validated system organisational development leaders in the UK. She is strongly values led and works collaboratively with others to enable change.
As Director of Organisational Development (OD) for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT, Rita was responsible for all aspects of the OD strategy to deliver strategic priorities and a complex culture transformation programme of work. This included leading the OD team and enabling others through matrix working to design, deliver and evaluate innovative OD and change interventions.
In her previous role as the Leaders in Greater Manchester (LiGM) Programme Director, Rita was responsible for leading a major culture transformation programme and ensure engagement across all boroughs and sectors in Greater Manchester. This involved working with all public services, the voluntary sector, senior leaders and multi-disciplinary teams at a system level; to develop leaders, support cultural change and bring about transformation across the region.
Prior to this Rita worked with Manchester CCG's and Manchester City Council, providing organisational development support for the Working Better Together Programme. She has also worked with Stockport Together, supporting the major transformation programme across the health and social care partners in Stockport.
Rita's past roles include Assistant Director for Organisational Development and Learning at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust; Head of Client Development for The Beech Centre; Leadership Programme Manager for the Improvement Foundation and Lead Consultant with Oliver Wyman Leadership Development.
Rita also spent seven years as Head of Learning and Development with Compass Group, the largest foodservice organisation in the UK & Ireland, where she led the implementation of a national award-winning learning and change programme for a new IT system.
Rita is married with two grown up children, lives in Cheshire, loves cooking, walking and holidays. She also enjoys organising events in her local community and her role as a trustee for a local mental health charity.