Meet our tutors

Steve Simmons

Steve is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a member of CIMA. He keeps it a secret how long ago he became a qualified accountant, but rumour has it 1974.

After a career in the industry, he first became an NHS Finance Director in 1992, then became Chief Executive of a Mental Health and Community Trust in 1999.

He has been a Finance Director in several types of Corporate Structures in the NHS, including Acute, SHA, PCT and CIC organisations. Steve used to Chair the SW Regional Finance Staff Development Group for the NHS. He was FD of 4 PCTs in Hertfordshire simultaneously ahead of their merger. 

Steve has a huge amount of experience at an intermediate level due to his huge interests within the finance industry, he is also interested in sport, football in particular. He served as FD for just over a year for Watford and to him, this is the supposed dream role. Furthermore, he is a loving father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren. Steve lives in Cornwall, enjoys bird watching and caring for his two characterful dogs. 

Neena Vivash

Neena is a result driven, dynamic and commercially astute business executive and CEO, who has operated at Main Board Director level for over 15 years. An entrepreneurial innovator with strong leadership and communication skills, Neena thrives on change. 

Her experience spans a range of industries including blue chip companies, most latterly in NHS Healthcare, Financial Services, Utilities, Technology, Sport and Pharmaceuticals. Building strong business relationships easily is at the forefront of her success. Neena has extensive experience in change management and in designing and leading business transformation programmes. She also has a strong consultancy background in Performance Management and Business Improvement providing her with a valuable breadth of experience in delivering results and in organisational management. Neena is CGMA qualified and has held a number of senior positions on industry committees and forums. Neena is the former CEO of Bellis-Jones, Hill recognised as one of the leading providers of Patient Level Costing solutions for the NHS.

In early 2015 tapping into her entrepreneurial skills Neena established NV Consulting Solutions, a consultancy focused on organisational Potential, Growth and Performance.  Neena has a passion for training, coaching and mentoring others and a desire to share her knowledge and experience. Neena feels privileged to be able to fulfil this passion through her partnership with BPP Professional Development.  Neena both delivers and writes content for ACCA and CIMA qualified professional courses.  Neena is also a tutor and assessor for the HFMA masters-level qualification in Healthcare Business Finance.

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.

Paul Stock

Paul is a senior finance professional (qualified accountant) with substantial experience at board and senior management team levels within dynamic and complex organisations. Paul has a demonstrable track record of innovation and achievement supporting strategic change in public sector organisations. An open, approachable style supports a desire to develop the organisation and its people. Paul's experience as a leader, strongly supports staff development, exercises sound judgement and an ability to see the wider picture.

Paul’s roles have focused on professional advice and support at senior manager / board level in respect of financial management (including business case analysis and preparation), performance and information management, strategic/business planning, improvement/change programmes and corporate governance. This has necessitated strong influencing and stakeholder management skills to ensure effective delivery and development in these areas.

In addition, Paul has always taken an active role in the wider finance professional development and improvement for the finance function; and has broad experience covering the civil service (Department of Health), NHS, local government and government agencies.


" 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)