Mike Curtis’s interest and knowledge of education and training in the NHS grew from many years providing financial advice to those managing the large education and training investment budgets. After joining the NHS from University in 1987 as a financial management trainee, Mike completed his accountancy qualification three years later. Subsequent NHS roles included working for an acute Trust, the Department of Health and the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority where he was Deputy Director of Finance. Mike has also spent several years out of the NHS, in the UK working for a major management consultancy firm and overseas for the World Health Organisation, working on developing health systems. Committed to on-going professional development Mike has a masters degree in health management from Leeds University.