Ann Sutton Consulting Limited
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About Ann

Ann is Director of Ann Sutton Consulting Limited and is regularly approached to carry out a range of short term consultancy assignments.

A skilled and experienced former health service chief executive Ann´s last permanent NHS role was in the high profile national position of director of commissioning for NHS England. She has considerable board experience both as a commissioner and provider of services.

Ann qualified as a professional coach at Henley Business School building on the experience gained throughout her career as a mentor and coach to a diverse range of managerial and clinical leaders.

Ann has a particular interest and strength in improving services through a strong partnership between clinicians and managers and by working across organisational boundaries. She has been recognised for her joint work with local government. Her national director role included developing close working relationships with senior people in the Ministries of Defence and Justice and with Public Health England.

She is also a former non-executive director on the University of Kent Council.


  • Director at Ann Sutton Consulting Limited January 2015 – Present
  • Director of Commissioning NHS England
    September 2012 – November 2014
  • Chief Executive NHS Kent and Medway
    April 2011 – September 2012
  • Chief Executive NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent
    October 2006 – April 2011
  • Interim Chief Executive NHS Surrey
    March 2010 – October 2010
  • Chief Executive Shepway Primary Care Trust
    April 2002 – September 2006
  • Previous NHS Roles
    December 1979 – March 2002

Services provided

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring in Health and Social Care
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Programme management
  • Service reviews

Qualifications and development

  • Professional Certificate in Coaching 2015
  • NHS Top Leaders Programme 2014/2015
  • Merryck & Co Top Business Leaders Mentoring 2009/1010
  • BT Vital Vision for Leaders of Government Organisations 2006
  • Kings Fund Top Managers Programme 2000
  • Common Purpose Leadership Development 1997
  • Master of Business Administration (with distinction) 1994
  • Diploma Institute of Health Services Management 1987
  • HND Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management 1978


"Ann helped me by challenging me to think strategically about where I wanted to be in a few years' time. She then supported me in developing an action plan. I felt very supported by Ann, even at times when she was challenging my thinking. Ann creates a very calm and trusting environment in her coaching sessions, and made me very comfortable sharing my personal views and thoughts with her"
Sandra Senior NHS Manager

"Ann helped me with her extensive experience, skills and stimulating sessions. The result was I regained my focus and developed a clear direction for my career. It made it possible to achieve results that I had not anticipated"
Tony Information & Technology Services Consultant

"Ann has helped me to understand and channel how my leadership skills, breadth of experience and intrinsic motivations from working as a senior HR professional enable me to explore a broader and more innovative career path for my future."
Sarah Deputy Director of Human Resources

"Ann did an excellent job of chairing our all day meeting, it made such a difference to the success of the event. It was a group with a wide range of voices and it was a real balancing act to make sure not only was everyone heard but also that, remarkably a clear consistent positive message came through - and that was down in no small part to Ann's skills"
Nick Ewbank, Director Nick Ewbank Associates

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