Imperial College London

Dr Ronke Akerele

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Lecturer







Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





Ronke Akerele is a leader and seasoned professional in the healthcare sector.  She is currently the National Director of Culture Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

She has spent the past eight years as a Board Executive Director across various NHS Trusts leading culture change, innovation, quality improvement and business transformation functions that has resulted in improved service outcomes for service users and families.

Prior to her executive director roles, Ronke spent thirteen years of her career in management consultancy working on roles in strategy execution, information technology, performance management, change and programme management within the private and public sector organisations.

She has held senior positions in Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Imperial College Health Partners, BUPA, Career Quality Commission (UK), NHS Croydon, NHS Westminster, Barking, Havering, Redbridge NHS Trust, Accenture, PWC and HealthGravitas.

She holds a BSc in Economics, MSc in Information Technology, executive MBA, Doctorate in Organisational Change and has undertaken Executive Education programmes both in London Business School and Harvard Business School. 

Her lecturing and research interests are in:

  • Leadership Development
  • Culture Change
  • Quality Improvement
  • Innovation
  • Health Policy
  • International Healthcare