Lydia Opayinka

Sponsee Lead


Lydia started her career in the private sector working in the Oil and Gas, Banking and Engineering consultancy before joining the NHS in 2013. She worked at her local hospital North West Anglia NHS FT as a Finance Business Partner in various divisions before becoming the Financial controller. It is from her that she joined the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS FT as the Head of Finance in July 2020.

She joined the Sponsorship Programme to have a wider insight on the workings of the NHS while receiving valuable career advise which would hopefully shape the direction of her career on a longer term. The most beneficial aspect of the program is having dedicated time which is geared towards her professional and personal development especially with the support of a brilliant, flexible and knowledgeable sponsor

She agreed to be the East of England sponsee network lead to support the development of a robust regional network with a cohort of Sponsees of all grades progressing with their respective careers. She is happy to be contacted for a chat about the program by anyone interested in it –

Lydia Opayinka, Assistant Director of Finance – Financial Management, Whittington Health NHS Trust.