About Us

Jenny Allen and Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Laura Smith 2Laura is our Director of Workforce, OD and System Development, a role she shares with her job share partner Jenny Allen. The pair joined us in June last year. We believe that they are the first HR Director job share partnership ever in the NHS.

Laura joined the NHS in 2000 as a General Management trainee, and has held leadership roles in general management, HR and OD across acute organisations, PCTs 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."

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.