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.

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02 Apr 2024

Is there a case for manager regulation?

Saffron Cordery discusses regulation of NHS leadership, the case for it and what it can and cannot do.

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Blog
24 Jan 2024

Strike escalation and seasonal pressures create perfect storm for the NHS

Saffron Cordery details how the impact of industrial action combined with winter pressures is placing the health service under enormous strain.

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Blog
15 Jan 2024

Saffron Cordery visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

NHS Providers deputy chief executive, Saffron Cordery visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Blog
13 Nov 2023

The issue nobody is talking about that could decide the next election

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.

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Blog
11 Oct 2023

Seven reasons we need better LGBTQ+ visibility in the NHS

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.

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News
19 Jul 2023

Trusts renew plea to end stand-off as strike-hit appointments reach over 750,000

Saffron Cordery comments on three quarters of a million appointments being postponed due to industrial action.

Blog
21 Jun 2023

A sense of pride: Bringing your whole self to work

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.

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Blog
08 Mar 2023

Fixing the roof is critical for more than patients

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.

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Blog
23 Feb 2023

Boards are driving the digital agenda

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.

Blog
08 Feb 2023

Let's connect – a better system of care for children and young people depends on it

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.

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Blog
03 Feb 2023

The NHS in 2023: January has set the tone for a challenging year ahead

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.

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Blog
31 Jan 2023

We need radical action and government leadership to put the NHS on a sustainable footing

Saffron Cordery discusses the need for radical action and government leadership to put the NHS on a sustainable footing amid industrial action escalation.

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