Helen Buckingham

Senior Advisor

Helen Buckingham is a prominent figure in the world of healthcare strategy and policy, most recently having served as the Nuffield Trust Director of Strategy for 7 years. With a career spanning over 3 decades, she is recognised as an expert in healthcare management, policy analysis and strategic planning.

Throughout her career, Helen has held a range of positions that have given her deep experience of healthcare strategy and policy development, and of implementation and change management. Prior to joining the Nuffield Trust, she worked at Board level in the NHS for 15 years followed by 5 years in senior executive roles at Monitor and NHS Improvement.

At the Nuffield Trust, Helen played a pivotal role in shaping the organisation’s strategic direction and informing policy recommendations aimed at improving delivery and outcomes in the health and care system. She has particular expertise in the development and implementation of strategies leading to the clear delivery of outcomes. She also focuses on the development of effective partnerships within organisations and across systems, including public-private partnerships and partnerships between public bodies and the populations they serve.

Helen is actively involved in a range of advisory boards, committees and professional networks. She chairs National Voices, the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England and is a Trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service. Her commitment to advancing healthcare policy and strategy is evident through being called upon to offer insight and commentary in a range of outlets, from broadcast and print media interviews to speaking engagements.

With her passion for improving healthcare quality and access, Helen continues to be a driving force in shaping the future of healthcare. Her dedication, expertise and strategic vision make her a respected figure in the field, and her contributions are invaluable in navigating the complex landscape of healthcare in the United Kingdom and beyond.