Saffron has been NHS Providers deputy chief executive since 2018, and between June 2022 – February 2023 was interim chief executive. 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.
Saffron Cordery outlines the urgent need for mental health reform, the need to address the drivers of growing demand and ensure mental health services are properly funded and sustainable.
To mark National Coming Out Day, Saffron Cordery shares seven reasons why the NHS needs better LGBTQ+ visibility to enable the health service to be a place of work that is welcome to all.
Saffron Cordery comments on three quarters of a million appointments being postponed due to industrial action.
Saffron Cordery marks Pride month by sharing her personal experiences of bringing her whole self to work and the importance this has in helping to create a more equal society.
Saffron Cordery discusses the NHS estate and the need for significant investment to enable the health service to provide the best care for patients and a suitable working environment for staff.
Saffron Cordery and Dr Navina Evans, chief executive at Health Education England, discuss how boards are driving the digital agenda and share eight broad themes for good digital leadership.
Saffron Cordery discusses the good work of NHS mental health trusts and the significant challenges they also face in supporting children and young people with their care.
Saffron Cordery discusses the challenges that lay ahead for the NHS in what is set to be another extremely busy year for the health service.
Saffron Cordery discusses the need for radical action and government leadership to put the NHS on a sustainable footing amid industrial action escalation.
Saffron Cordery discusses the industrial action and the impact it is having on the health service.
The full transcript for Saffron Cordery's opening speech today (15 November) at NHS Providers annual conference and exhibition 2022 in Liverpool.
Saffron Cordery discusses the need for NHS finances to be placed on a sustainable footing and why now is the time for the chancellor Jeremy Hunt to deliver on his ambition for a fully funded NHS plan.