Professor Mandy Ashton

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Mandy Ashton spent the first 10 years of her NHS career working as a registered nurse, ward sister and as the Assistant Director of Nursing for acute teaching hospitals in Leicester. During that time she was awarded the Grenfell Canadian Centenary Scholarship and worked in Newfoundland and Labrador with disadvantaged Inuit people. 

Mandy moved away from Leicester and worked as a senior leader in Lincolnshire and then in the Midlands and South Yorkshire at the NHS Executive. During this time, Mandy was seconded to the development unit of NHS Executive Trent and was responsible for the field contribution to A First Class Service, a Government document that aimed to improve quality innovation and clinical governance in the NHS.

After being appointed as Director of Nursing and Quality at Leicester General Hospital and University Hospitals of Leicester, Mandy’s career was focused on quality, safety and patient experience. From 2002, she was Director of Nursing and Research in NHS Leicester City West and in 2006 was appointed Director of Quality and Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Leicester City.  

Awarded the Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship in 2006, she travelled to Sweden, Denmark and the USA, and currently coaches participants on the NHS’s Top Leaders scheme. She was also an adviser to the Department of Health on the subject of future NHS commissioning.  

Mandy is regularly invited to speak at a national level on matters of leadership, including subjects ranging from the Department of Health, safeguarding children and young people, and clinical governance. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to healthcare and nursing in 2010. Most recently Mandy has been appointed as a commissioner for the Leicester Child Poverty Commission, set up by the Mayor and Leicester City Council.

Mandy has a First Class BA (Hons) in Health Studies and an MSc in Managing Change. She prides herself on her ability to go from the floor to the board as a leader, staying in contact with the people who deliver services, while translating strategy into plans that make a difference to people’s lives.

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