About us

The East of England Finance Academy has been established to help deliver the national One NHS Finance vision at local level.  Chaired by Zoe Pietrzak, Regional Director of Finance, the East of England One NHS Finance Academy Board meets approximately bi-monthly with representatives from our six ICS patches.  The Board is responsible for overseeing locally tailored programmes and initiatives to ensure delivery of the NHS Finance Development strategy in the East of England.

The vision of the East of England Finance Academy is to: ‘Develop and support the delivery of an excellent and diverse education, training and talent management programme for NHS Finance teams in the East of England, which is fair and accessible to all.’  

The Board has set out seven aims:

  • To develop all of our people and be proud to nurture talent
  • To promote finance in the public sector by making NHS finance an employer of choice
  • To adopt and share the latest innovations and technology, aiming to be at the leading edge
  • To improve equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of recruitment, retention and career development
  • To increase networking, sharing and collaboration opportunities to support effective systems
  • To support our organisations and line managers in looking after the wellbeing of staff by promoting best practice and helping develop great places to work
  • To assist our finance teams in relation to the understanding, identification of, and training opportunities to support the NHS environmental sustainability aims (** new for 2024 **)

These aims have been further developed, with priorities for 2024 identified under each aim. You can download our aims and 2024 priorities using the link on this page – over the next year we will be working on delivering these objectives as part of the national finance development strategy.

The Academy works closely with East of England Skills Development Network (SDN) and the HFMA Eastern Branch to support Finance staff in our area, delivering a range of development opportunities including our regional finance conference, a suite of technical and skills training and lunch and learn events.  Together with the national One NHS Finance team, we aim to develop and provide a core finance curriculum to ensure access to the technical skills, personal competencies and behavioural characteristics needed at the different stages in people’s careers.

For more information please contact lead Jane Payling, East of England Academy Director jane.payling@eastamb.nhs.uk.  Or Lizzie Robson, East of England Skills Development Network email: Elizabeth.Robson@eastamb.nhs.uk.

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Board Blogs

Zoe Pietrzak

Zoe Pietrzak, NHS England Regional Director of Finance for the East of England and chair of the Academy Board, sets out her vision and motivation for finance training and development.

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Steven Course

In his Blog Academy Board member, Steven Course, Director of Finance of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) talks about the work of the Finance Innovation Forum and how you can get involved

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Dawn Scrafield

Read our Board Blog from Dawn Scrafield, Chief Finance Officer, who has worked in the NHS for nearly 27 years within the East of England Region!

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Matt Gibbons

Read the Board Blog from Matt Gibbons, Director of Finance at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS FT.

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Daryl Cockman

Read our Board Blog from Daryl Cockman, Head of Financial Development at East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust and East of England Value Maker lead.

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Martha Biza

Read our Board Blog from Martha Biza, Finance Business Partner at Royal Papworth Hospital, student representative on the East of England Finance Academy Board and HFMA Eastern Branch.

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James Rowe

Read our Board Blog from James Rowe, Deputy Director of Finance (operational) at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust.

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East of England One NHS Finance Academy aims and objectives 2024