Leadership team at HEE East of England
Who we are and what we do!

Postgraduate Dean 

Professor Bill Irish


I have been the East of England Dean since 2015, having previously worked as a GP near Bath, where I had a parallel career as a medical educator in the Southwest offices of HEE.  I have research interests in high stakes assessment and recruitment, and hold professorial appointments at a number of universities. I am lead dean for a number of surgical specialities, academic training and pre-hospital emergency medicine.



I lead on all areas of medical and dental training in the East of England, and act as GMC responsible officer for our trainees.

Deputy Postgraduate Dean
Dr Jonathan Waller BSc MD FRCP
Deputy Postgraduate Dean

I qualified at the London Hospital Medical College in 1972 and thereafter trained as a General Physician with an interest in Respiratory Medicine and the Royal London, Royal Brompton and Royal Free Hospitals, I was appointed as a Consultant in these specialties to the West Essex Hospitals in 1984. I subsequently held the roles on Clinical tutor/DME, RCP Regional Advisor and College tutor, Clinical Director of Medicine, lead Clinician for Medical and Clinical Audit and for the NE Thames Deanery Chair of the Regional Respiratory Medicine RTC. Member for the General Medicine RTYC and Chair of the Regional Clinical Tutors committee.


I joined the East Anglia Deanery as it then was in 2003 as part-time Associate Postgraduate Dean, moving to the East of England Multi-professional Deanery within the EoE SHA when this replaced the old Deanery where I became Deputy Postgraduate Dean and finally transferred to HEE at its birth as full time Deputy Postgraduate Dean. During this period I was also seconded for two separate periods of approx. 1 year each into the role of Postgraduate Dean.

During this period I have overseen at various times all of our secondary care Postgraduate School and am currently responsible for Surgery, O&G, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Ophthalmology

I am senior clinical lead for the Norfolk and Waveney LWAB/STP.

I am COPMed Lead Dean for Acute Internal Medicine and Otolaryngology.



Throughout my time in the East of England my major interest has been within the sphere of Quality Management and Assurance, delivery of the GMC and HEED Quality Frameworks, the development and research into the GMC Survey and quality metrics.

I am responsible for the operational delivery of the HEE Quality Framework across the east of England

I also represent HEE at NHSE/I Quality Surveillance Groups and Oversight and Assurance Groups of Trusts in Measures.

I am currently leading the implementation of Improved Surgical Training (IST) and providing intensive support for the quality improvement of education and training at two of our trusts who are in QMC enhanced monitoring.


Deputy Postgraduate Dean for Secondary and Tertiary Care
Dr Ian Barton
Deputy Dean for Secondary and Tertiary Care

Ian ‘s first consultant post was as an intensivist in Whipps Cross Hospital where he stayed for three years before moving to Basildon Hospital as a nephrologist in 1997. His educational roles in Basildon included undergraduate tutor, college tutor, clinical tutor, MMC lead and foundation programme director.  In 2008, he became the East of England lead clinical tutor, in which role he was instrumental in developing and implementing the faculty group model and setting up the NACT SAS Tutor Development Days. He became the Head of School of Postgraduate Medicine in 2010 and was appointed as Deputy Dean in 2017. He is the COPMeD Lead Dean for urology, metabolic medicine and chemical pathology and in the East of England supports the Schools of Medicine, Pathology and Radiology as well as the Suffolk and North East Essex and Mid and South Essex LWABs.

The projects with which he is currently involved include workforce transformation, the management of study leave, annual development planning, supporting MTIs, SAS doctors and LEDs, return to training and other aspects of enhancing junior doctors’ working lives and management of complex cases requiring additional support.

He is a visiting reader at Anglia Ruskin University. 

Primary Care Dean & Deputy Postgraduate Dean
Professor Vijay Nayar
Primary Care Dean & Deputy Postgraduate Dean

Vijay Nayar is the Primary Care Dean and one of the Deputy Postgraduate Deans for HEE in the east of England. He is the clinical lead for the Professional Support and Well-being Service and for the Faculty of Educators. He is committed to supporting trainees to enable them to reach their potential and promoting cultural safety to address issues related to differential attainment. . Vijay is the national clinical lead for the GP Induction and Refresher scheme and is also interested in international recruitment.ijay Nayar is the Primary Care Dean and one of the Deputy Postgraduate Deans for HEE in the east of England. He is the clinical lead for the Professional Support and Well-being Service and for the Faculty of Educators. He is committed to supporting trainees to enable them to reach their potential and promoting cultural safety to address issues related to differential attainment. . Vijay is the national clinical lead for the GP Induction and Refresher scheme and is also interested in international recruitment.

Associate Postgraduate Deans

Mr Narman Puvanachandra MB BChir MA FRCOphth

Associate Postgraduate Dean in the East of England for Website (the one that you are looking at right now!) & Marketing. Training Program Director for Ophthalmology.

He has developed & revamped the HEEoE website with hubs for Training in the HEEoE, Trainee Well being, Resources Hub, International Medical Graduates to name but a few. https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/medical-training-homepage

Narman graduated with distinction from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 2000, starting his postgraduate training as an SHO in Ophthalmology in the East of England. Subsequently he continued his training in the Wessex region and finally undertook a fellowship in Vancouver, specialising in Paediatric Ophthalmology. Upon returning to the region in 2009 he was appointed as Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. After being College tutor for 6 years he went on to become Training Program Director in Ophthalmology in 2015. He has a particular interest in developing training in the region, creating the first regional Ophthalmology teaching program, the first regional week long induction course; helped initiate and develop exam preparation courses for postgraduate exams and delivered simulation training. He has also been an invited lecturer and teacher on projects in Sudan, China and Kenya whilst contributing to an international textbook of Paediatric Ophthalmology.  His other roles include Chair of the Regional Paediatric Ophthalmology group (POSER’s), External Advisor to the Parliamentary Ombusdman in Paediatric Ophthalmology, Lecturer at UEA, & Associate Professor in Paediatric Ophthalmology.

Dr Matthew J Knight FRCP

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Programmes. Training Programme director for IM3

Matthew splits his time between HEE in Cambridge and Watford General hospital in Hertfordshire where he is a Respiratory Physician with an interest in unexplained breathlessness, asthma and pleural diseases. As an Associate Dean he works on programme design and delivery, particularly in helping deliver new training programmes following curricula redesign. He works closely with Heads of School and training programme directors as well as the Deputy Deans. As one of the training programme directors for the new Internal Medicine programme (responsible for IMY3) he has been closely involved in the design and delivery of medicine training in the East of England. He is currently working with both the Schools of Surgery and Anaesthetics on the roll out of new modifications to their training programmes.  

Projects at HEE EoE that you are involved in

  • New Internal Medicine training programme 
  • Improving Surgical Training (IST) 
  • Anaesthetics training 

Jane MacDougall

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Clinical Development Fellows & Educational Research & Chair Regional Network Guardians of Safe Working

Dr Jane MacDougall is a Consultant Gynaecologist & Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust with a special interest in paediatric & adolescent gynaecology. She has held a number of leadership roles in education including College Tutor and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for CUH. From 2003-8 she was Clinical Director for Women’s Services in Cambridge. She was Head of School for the new EOE Postgraduate School of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (2008-2017). She has established training courses for trainers locally, for the region and for the RCOG and was faculty development lead at the RCOG. She is now Vice Chair of the RCOG Specialist Education advisory committee. She completed a research based Masters in Education in 2003 and has published in educational journals. She is currently Guardian of Safe Working for CUHFT (2017-) & Associate Postgraduate Dean for HEE-EOE.

Dr Clive Lewis MA MB BChir PhD (Cantab) FFICM FRCP

Associate Postgraduate Dean - Lead for DME's, Health Education East of England and Consultant cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

Dr Lewis is a consultant cardiologist and transplant physician, specialising in congenital heart disease, advanced heart failure, cardiothoracic transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He joined Royal Papworth Hospital in 2006 from Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Heart Hospital where he trained. Dr Lewis has a special interest in the health of young people, transition and leads the adult congenital heart disease service. Current roles include Deputy Medical Director of Royal Papworth Hospital, Lead Appraiser, Director of Medical Education, Cambridge University Associate Lecturer and Senior Clinical Tutor. Nationally, Dr Lewis has held a number of positions, including Council membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP), the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Dr Lewis promotes education and leadership through the Cambridge University Health Partners, RCP, National Association of Clinical Tutors Council and as Health Education East of England Associate Dean. 

Dr Lewis is a regular invited speaker and session chair for international academic meetings and is currently Honorary Secretary of the European Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. He continues to develop and deliver courses on professional development, medical education and clinical leadership nationally and internationally. Dr Lewis has facilitated courses in three continents and aided the professional development of many doctors practicing around the worldwide.

HEE Projects

  • Lead for DMEs
  • Provide feedback and advice around Faculty of Educators programme; educational appraisal; IMT/IST implementation; HEE Quality Assurance Self-Assessment.
  • Collaboration and closer working through GoSW and GFTSU
  • HEE Educational Symposia organiser (Annual DME Development and Autumn/Spring Symposia)
  • Representing HEE EoE at NACT UK Council
  • Feedback and comment on national initiative and documents e.g. Recently updated NACT Supporting Trainees document. 
  • Lead for Collaboration with NHS Leadership Academy to develop and pilot new Leadership course aimed at DMEs. 
  • Invited to take up Executive role within NACT UK (From 2020)
  • Hosted and organised NACT UK 50thAnniversary and Spring Meeting in Cambridge 

Maria Ross-Russell

Regional Postgraduate Deputy Dental Dean (Dental Workforce), Midlands and East

Maria is the Regional Postgraduate Deputy Dental Dean across Midlands and East.  She is also a GDC registered Specialist in Special Care dentistry and a Tutor for the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.  Maria’s portfolio includes HEE’s Dental Workforce Development, Performer List Validation by Experience and Restoring the Efficiency of Registrants workstreams. She is a member of the national Dental Workforce Development Advisory Group.  Maria also represents the Midlands and East Postgraduate Dental School on the East of England Heads of School committee.


George Stephens

Associate postgraduate dean: wider workforce

Projects at HEE EoE that you are involved in ACP community of practice, ACP development, IST

George is the service lead for ACP at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, having recently moved from Cambridge Hospitals NHS foundation Trust where he was senior ACP for Acute Medicine.

George has recently commenced a secondment, one day a week, with Heath Education England – East of England as Associate Postgraduate Dean – Wider workforce.  An exciting role shaping education and the development of the non-medical workforce in the region.

George has experience working in a wide range of specialities during his career including Emergency Care, Urgent Care, General Practice and Acute Medicine. He is passionate about advanced practice and developing services and supporting practitioners to achieve their full potential.  

He is actively involved in the development of Advanced Practice roles within his trust and his interests include education and ensuring Advanced Practitioners are able to achieve all the pillars of Advanced Practice.  George previously was, until recently, an associate lecturer with Anglia Ruskin University.

George has undertaken an MSc in Advanced Practice and is proud to have achieved ALNP Credentialing through the Royal Collage of Nursing. In the near future aims to continue his studies as doctoral level.

Dr Georgia Winnett

Associate Dean responsible for simulation based education

I was appointed as a substantive renal consultant at Basildon Hospital in 2011 after completing my specialty training in Renal and General medicine in London and Essex. I am currently the lead renal consultant, managing a team of 7 nephrologists and a multidisciplinary renal team that serves a population of 450000 patients. I have a special interest in Kidney Home Therapies, enabling patients to treat themselves at home for as long as possible. I am passionate about education and training, especially using simulation-based technology, to promote patient safety.  I completed my Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical and Professional Education at UCL (merit) in 2018 and my Basic certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient safety (Institute for Healthcare Improvement open school) in March 2017. 

I was appointed as Associate Dean in 2017 and during that time I have established simulation teaching for all Foundation trainees across the region. I am currently involved in promoting equitable and excellent simulation for Foundation year doctors. With the support of the Foundation School Director (Helen Johnson) we are developing academic Foundation years and Higher Trainee education/simulation fellows within the Foundation School. I am developing a network for simulation educators and organise a yearly Networking event to promote our regional work.

Nationally I am working with HEE to develop a simulation-based education strategy and will be representing HEEEofE regional office to implement the NHS patient Safety strategy that was recently launched.

Francesca Crawley

Associate Dean for LTFT, OOP SuppoRTT and Academic Training.

PSW clinical caseworker.

I am a neurologist at West Suffolk FT and was the Foundation TPD there for 8 years. I am now the Guardian of Safe Working. 


Dr Heman Pathmanandam BSc MBBS LLM MHMEd FRCPsych

Associate Dean, Health Education East of England

Visiting Clinical Fellow, University of Hertfordshire and Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

Heman is a consultant psychiatrist in general adult psychiatry. He joined HPFT in 2008 and works both in the community and with inpatients. In addition to being committed to his clinical work Heman has also been heavily involved in medical management; until February 2019 he was a medical lead for adult community services within HPFT and as such provided both strong leadership and support to his colleagues in the delivery of targets that are needed to improve the quality of care.

Heman is passionate about education and the training of young doctors. As well as being both a clinical and educational supervisor he is also a college tutor and examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2019 he was appointed Visiting Clinical Fellow to the University of Hertfordshire.

HEE Projects:

  • Study leave
  • Military
  • Genomics
  • Leadership and management for doctors in training

Jane Sturgess

Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Jane is a consultant anaesthetist in West Suffolk Hospital and the associate dean for faculty development. She has worked to set up the HEE EoE tiers for faculty development that offer career guidance and career progression for all educators, regardless of specialty. 

She has also worked to ensure a fair, open and transparent process for educators to apply for bursaries to support post graduate qualifications in medical education.

Other on-going projects include; co-ordinating the educational programmes and delivery of the spring seminar and autumn symposium, the development of a suite of masterclasses with expert facilitators, an educators competency matrix, and increasing accessibility of ‘teaching the teachers’ for trainees.

She offers support to faculty development in SAS doctors, simulation, QI and leadership.

Nam Tong

Associate dean and Head of School of Emergency Medicine

Undergraduate training in London Hospital Medical School. Junior posts in East London/Essex and Northern Ireland.

Helped set up first Medical Assessment Unit in Northern Ireland (Ulster Hospital Dundonald).

Research fellow with Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN), Manchester.

Completed specialty training in Emergency Medicine In East of England.

Consultant in Emergency Medicine Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn since 2005, clinical lead since 2014.

Head of School of Emergency Medicine since April 2016.

Associate Dean since March 2018 with responsibility for introduction of Annual Development Planning and Workforce Transformation. Current project is Emergency Medicine International Training (EMIT) programme – a joint initiative between HEE, RCEM and SEMI (Society for Emergency Medicine India) for region-based recruitment of EM doctors with training focus.

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