About Us

Jenny Allen and Laura Smith

Jenny and LauraDirector of Workforce, OD and System Development 

Jenny and Laura job share our Director of Workforce, OD and System Development role. The pair joined us in June last year. We believe that they are the first HR Director job share partnership ever in the NHS. 

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 Trust and NHS Digital before commencing with Leeds Community 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. Away from work Jenny is a busy wife and Mum of two, self confessed book worm and hockey fan, still managing to play competitive hockey for Harrogate Ladies weekly. 

Laura also joined the NHS in 2000 as a General Management Trainee, and has held leadership roles in general management, HR and OD across acute organisations, Primary Care Trusts and national organisations. She is an accredited coach and mentor as well as a qualified HR professional and mother of two small children. 

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."

Laura and Jenny’s aim is to build on the excellent work already in place at LCH, facilitating working conditions and a culture that provides the best possible opportunities and support for people to both fulfil their potential and to provide the best possible care for our patients and population.