Naomi is Professor of Healthcare Management at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) at the University of Manchester. Her wide range of teaching, advisory and research interests include health care commissioning, primary care, board governance and effectiveness in the public and charitable sectors, leadership development, and international comparisons in health policy and management. Her current Department of Health funded research focuses on board level governance, culture and leadership changes in acute hospitals in the wake of the Mid Staffs scandal and following the publication of the Francis report in 2013.
Naomi has previously been Director of Executive Education at AMBS (2006-7), Head of the Health Management Group at AMBS (2008-13, and again from 2018), and President of the European Health Management Association (2007-10).
Naomi is currently the University of Manchester lead for two national teaching programmes, with over 3,000 students, commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy: the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Leading Care II Masters Programme for aspiring senior leaders, and the Nye Bevan Leading Care III Executive Programme for aspiring executive directors, which have been running since 2013.
Naomi served as a non-executive director on various NHS boards covering primary care, mental health, acute hospital care and commissioning from 1993 – 2016 and is now a frequent contributor to local and national media, commenting on health matters.