Saffron has been NHS Providers interim chief executive since June 2022, having been deputy chief executive since 2018. She has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007.

Saffron has extensive experience in policy development, influencing and communications. Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education. 

She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Manchester, for ten years was a board member and then chair of a 16–19 college in Hampshire and is a trustee of GambleAware, a leading charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm.

Contact Saffron: saffron.cordery@nhsproviders.org

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30 Aug 2022

'Nobody in the NHS wants people hanging on for ops, care and appointments'

Saffron Cordery says nobody in the NHS wants people hanging on for treatment, as a newspaper poll reveals what people think should be top NHS priorities for the new prime minister.

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28 Jul 2022

Race 2.0: Where are we now?

Saffron Cordery sets out the steps we have taken since the publication of our report 'Race 2.0 Time for real change', and what you can expect from our Race Equality programme over the next few months.

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27 Jul 2022

Old buildings and out of date facilities are costing the NHS dear

Saffron Cordery surveys the scene as trusts have their say on government's New Hospital Programme.

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01 Jul 2022

Putting system-thinking to the test in tackling handover delays

Saffron Cordery and Daren Mochrie, the chair of Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, discuss the challenge of tackling handover delays for trusts working in systems.

Blog
27 Jun 2022

Trusts in systems: Engines of transformation

Saffron Cordery discusses the key role trusts in systems will play in driving transformation, as integrated care systems become statutory bodies under the new Health and Care Act.

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09 Jun 2022

Efficiency asks risk damaging patient care

Saffron Cordery discusses the findings from NHS Providers' latest report on the financial and performance ask for trusts in 2022/23.

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15 Mar 2022

Reflections on two years of Digital Boards

Saffron Cordery shares her reflections on two years of NHS Providers' Digital Boards programme in partnership with Public Digital and supported by HEE and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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14 Mar 2022

NHS trusts working incredibly hard to bear down on backlogs

Saffron Cordery discusses how trusts, and their staff, are bearing down on waiting lists which have grown during the pandemic.

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01 Nov 2021

A huge task ahead for the NHS

Saffron Cordery and Matthew Taylor discuss what recent funding announcements mean for the NHS and why expectations need to be managed.

Briefing
14 Oct 2021

Tackling health inequalities

This briefing highlights the leading role trusts can play in creating lasting change in how inequalities in care are understood and dealt with across the NHS.

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10 Oct 2021

Mental health in an unequal world: we need a fresh sense of urgency in tackling the mental health care backlog

On World Mental Health day, Saffron Cordery discusses the urgent need to tackle the mental health care backlog and what mental health services need from the upcoming comprehensive spending review.

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02 Oct 2021

Divisive and distorted claims about GP access undermine the NHS

Saffron Cordery and Martin Marshall discuss the divisive debate on access to NHS services from the perspective of trusts and general practice.

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