Jenny Allen and Laura Smith
Director of Workforce, OD and System Development
Jenny and Laura job share our Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and System Development role.
Jenny studied law at university before joining the NHS on the National Graduate Management Scheme as a general management trainee in 1998. She has held a number of senior HR and workforce leadership roles across NHS organisations including at Leeds
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Digital before commencing with Leeds Community
Healthcare NHS Trust.
Jenny has previously run her own HR consulting business, has held associate lecturer roles at several local universities and is a published academic author in the field of HR and management. She is also an associate editor for an academic journal.
Laura joined the NHS in 2000 as a General Management trainee, and has held leadership roles in general management, human resources (HR) and organisational development across acute organisations, primary care trusts and national organisations. She is an accredited coach and mentor as well as a qualified HR professional.
What matters most to both Laura and Jenny in work is people: “the people we work with and the patients and population we work for, both across the City of Leeds and the wider geographic communities served by LCH."