HRMI 2022: Oonagh Monkhouse, executive director, Papworth Hospital

Oonagh is originally from Northern Ireland and started her career in the NHS in 1988, working in a number of NHS organisations in Belfast before moving to Cambridge in 1993.

She is currently director of workforce and OD at Royal Papworth Hospital. Prior to that she held director posts in Bedford Hospital and Cambridge University Hospitals.

She is vice chair of the NHS Staff Council Executive which has responsibility for developing and maintaining the pay framework for Agenda for Change staff and is also co-chair for the East of England HR Director Network.

She has worked in most areas of human resources and workforce and her particular areas of interest are large scale organisational change, pay and reward and equality, diversity and inclusion.


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Oonagh Monkhouse ranked 26th on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential practitioners in 2022. 

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