Meet our tutors

Paul Assinder

Paul has 30 years’ of experience in financial management and audit in large commercial and NHS organisations. With the last 21 years of his career at finance director level in both commissioning and provider arenas.  He has worked widely over the past decade on a range of successful transformation and turnaround programmes (Healthcare advisor to UK Turnaround Management Association).

He maintains a broad portfolio of healthcare finance interests, currently advising policy makers on transformational change through the Shropshire 'Future Fit' programme and latterly as european CFO of the US transformational genomics provider Nant Health.

Bob Baker

Bob specialises in personal, team and organisational development and has a strong understanding of the context in which development takes place, especially inter-agency settings and health policy and practice.  He has also contributed to international leadership programmes – working in Bulgaria, Spain and Belgium.

After working with British Gas, the NHS, a university and an employee-owned consultancy, Bob is now using his experience to deliver innovative leadership programmes and organisational development support to a variety of clients. Bob is passionate about giving space to leaders, to reflect and understand their leadership and organisational dilemmas. Bob uses action learning, coaching and conversational approaches to make this happen.

David Dumigan

David has operated at board level for many years and has fulfilled the role of finance director in a large teaching hospital as well as a troubled foundation trust (which commissioned one of the largest PFI’s in the country during his tenure) plus two smaller acute trusts.  He has had recent experiences with PFI schemes, organisational re-structuring including mergers and takeovers, governance reviews, contract negotiations and business transformation.

David is attracted to organisations that need compassionate help and support during challenging times.  He is committed to the NHS, with over 35 years of experience to bring to the arena.  He operates from within his own consultancy company and now has directorships/trusteeships with organisations as diverse as a large national charity, a small housing association, a leisure complex and a county cricket club. He is a qualified mentor and lecturer.

Nicki Emmett

Nicki is a certified accountant with over 10 years’ experience in NHS Finance in both provider and commissioner organisations in the Wye Valley (Herefordshire).  She is very passionate about learning and development and is a future focused finance value maker and @wefinance co-ordinator on twitter.

Nicki has been extremely enthusiastic in joining the HFMA Academies team of tutors who are delivering the HFMA qualifications programme.

Andrew Geldard

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS, many of those at executive level. He started his career as an information analyst before taking stepping into NHS finance.  He worked in a number of roles in finance including finance director. As well as developing a wealth of experience as a director of finance, Andrew has been a chief executive of a mental health trust - a position he held for 8 years before retirement.

Andrew has experience drawn from a variety of sectors in the NHS having worked in both provider organisations and as a commissioner.  He has also worked in the intermediate tier at regional level.

Letsie Tilley

Letsie has worked in senior NHS finance management roles for 30 years including 20 years as the board-level finance director.  She gained a good reputation for strong leadership, creating robust financial management, and maintaining financial stability in times of significant turbulence and change. She has a wide range of experience, having worked in acute, community, mental health and learning disabilities services organisations and an NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG). She also has worked for Price Waterhouse (PWC) and in local government.

Over many years, Letsie developed a special interest in finance staff training and development and NHS patient costing and has a national reputation for her work in both these areas. She has always been strongly committed to improving NHS leadership and staff development.

" I have really enjoyed the content - it is a joy to be studying again and I am so happy the information is making me think differently and broadening my skills and knowledge."

- Michelle Gilmour, NHS Fife, Directorate Accountant (studying the hfma pilot programme)