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
Dr Janet Rutherford
Primary Care Dean

Janet Rutherford

Primary Care Dean

I am a GP from Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk. Having been a GP tutor, GP Trainer, Training Programme Director, Associate Dean and Head of School, I am now the Primary Care Dean. This means that I have responsibility for the strategic development of the School of Primary Care, that I have a focus on the transformation of the primary care workforce at both the national and regional level, and that I have oversight of GP training. This task is made much easier by working closely with both the fantastic teams at HEE as well as all our educators in primary care. I am committed to keep our learners at the centre of everything we do – how can we best help all our learners to achieve their potential and succeed as the Primary Care workforce of the future?

My key interests include addressing differential attainment amongst learners; working towards true diversity, equity and inclusivity for all involved in primary care education; and supporting our educators, especially those who are trying to help learners with complex needs.


Associate Postgraduate Deans

Dr Helen Johnson

Associate Dean for Workforce Transformation for Cambridge and Peterborough and BLMK Systems                                                             

Dr Helen Johnson is primarily the Foundation School Director for the east of England, covering both EAFS and EBH Foundation Schools She is also the Associate Dean HEE liaison for 2 of the ICS in the region supporting medical education and supply in those regions. In her portfolio is support to the school of PA, Pathology, Generalism and Health Care Scientists. She has a passionate interest in equality, diversity and inclusion, sitting on national groups with the UKFPO in these areas, and the National Apprenticeship in Medical Training Group. She is an enthusiast in developing medical educators of the future and supporting early medical educators. She also has a passion for TEL and how to maximise benefits for trainees through multi-modal learning.

Previously, she was a consultant urogynaecologist and obstetrician, with educational positions in the RCOG and BSUG subgroups as well as within the trust and deanery.


Jane MacDougall

Reporting Associate Dean for Faculty & Chair of 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.



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.



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. 



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 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.


Associate G.P. Deans

Sally Derrick

Head of School of General Practice

I have been involved with training since the start of my GP career 30 years ago; training pharmacists, nurse practitioners, medical students and GP trainees, and then as TPD for Wewlyn Branch of Central Herts GP Training Scheme for 5 years before becoming AD for Hertfordshire. I started in my role as Head of School in November 2020.

As well as being a GP partner, trainer, and appraiser, I have been a CCG representative and Prescribing Lead. Now I am concentrating on the educator roles and am looking forward to the challenges of the HoS post, and working within the GP School Team. Out of work I enjoy walking, gardening, cooking, sewing, skiing, family time and Monty the crazy dog.


Dr Jonathan Rouse

GP Associate Postgraduate Dean Southend and Harlow

Having qualified as a GP in 2004 I became a partner in Hullbridge, Essex, where I continue to practice today. I started my educational career teaching medical students from St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical School and then became an associate trainer in 2005. I subsequently became a full trainer in 2009 and a training programme director in Southend in 2013 before becoming an AD in 2019. By marriage I also have the title of honorary prince of the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom.

Projects at HEE EoE that you are involved in - I am currently leading on the changes for GP trainees moving from out of hours to urgent and unscheduled care.


Dr Cathryn Ruddock

Norwich GP STS : STS Programme : Programme Directors  GP Associate Dean for Norfolk

Cathryn is a locum GP working in Norfolk. She has recently left her role as TPD in Norwich to take up the post of Associate Dean.  She is a graduate from UEA's first cohort of medical students and completed GP training on the Norwich VTS scheme. Prior to being a doctor she was a Senior lecturer in District Nursing and a District Nurse and has a wealth of experience of health care provision in the community setting. Outside of the scheme she is married and has 2 grown up sons as well as 2 step children. Her interests include diving, gardening and swimming.

Dr Sunil Gupta

Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for Mid Essex and Basildon since February 2018.

Dr Sunil Gupta has been a GP in Essex since 1995, a GP Trainer since 2004 and an Examiner for the RCGP since 2004.

He was Training Programme Director for Basildon GP Specialist Training Scheme from 2007 to 2012 and Training Programme Director

for Chelmsford GP Specialist Training Scheme from 2015 to 2018. Sunil has collected a large number of helpful educational resources at 

South Essex GP Training website which is at http://www.southessexgptraining.co.uk



Leila Ronald Jones

BSc(Hons) Nursing, BSc(Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing- School Nurse  

GPN Workforce Lead Covering the East of England 


  • Post Graduate Associate Dean for Nursing Workforce
  • Post Graduate Associate Dean for Non Medical Workforce
  • Regional link for National Training Hubs 

Organisation: Health Education England

I have worked in the community as a practitioner for many years, in variety of roles and teams. I moved to Health Education England 3 years ago and worked in Quality team looking at student nurse placements. I have since had 4 secondments to various roles which have given me such a wide range of experiences and skills: project management, Research project, education lead for non medical and a  Primary Care workforce project. 

I am passionate about developing the General Practice Workforce educational opportunities across the East of England 

Please contact me Leila.Ronald-Jones@hee.nhs.uk 


Dr Andrew Wright

GP Associate Dean for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

I have been a Partner at Priory Fields Surgery in Huntingdon for the past 20 years. I am a Trainer and GP Appraiser.

I have been an Associate Dean for the past year, having previously been a Training Programme Director in West Cambridgeshire

Projects at HEE EoE that you are involved in - Projects in the GP School



Dr Antonio Munno

Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for Bedfordshire

I am a GP partner at the King Street Surgery in Kempston, Bedford and have been a GP trainer for over 20 years. In 2018 I became Associate GP Dean for Bedfordshire having previously been the training programme director for GP training in Bedford. I am also involved in the teaching of undergraduates at the Clinical school in Cambridge.



Dr Ayesha Tu Zahra

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Suffolk and North East Essex 

Ayesha is a GP Trainer and has passion for training and education. She is currently working as Associate Dean Suffolk and North East Essex and is a GP Partners in Ipswich. She is also Governing Body member for Ipswich and East CCG. In her HEE role she is actively involved in pre CCT GP training and also works with Ipswich CCG training hub to facilitate training for post CCT GPs, retainers and fellows.







Dr Emma Salik

GP Associate Dean for the Retainer/I+R and IGPR Schemes

Training Programme Director for the Central Hertfordshire Training Scheme

I qualified as a GP in 2003, working as a Principal until 2012. I developed an interest in education and training when I was an AiT. After I qualified, I worked as an Academic Fellow at UCL until 2009. Alongside this role I was a locum TPD for the Central Herts GP Training Scheme before achieving a permanent position in 2005. I qualified as a GP Trainer the same year. In 2009 I became a GP appraiser, and still enjoy my involvement with this. I have enjoyed all the roles I have been involved in and the challenges they present. In July 2019 I became the Associate Dean for the Retainer Scheme/I+R and IGPR work. It is exciting to be working with HEE looking after GPs that are post CCT and being involved with programmes that are developing to improve GP recruitment and retention.

Projects at HEE:  I am currently involved in the Central Midlands Expansion Programme. Health Education England is working with NHSE to support the learning and education provided to GPs that have come over to the UK from the EU. This work is interesting as it involves not only working closely with practices, other educators and the International GPs but it also provides opportunities to create training content for myself and others to deliver. The aim of this scheme is to offer support, and high-quality education to all those involved in order to recruit and retain GPs in the UK NHS.


Paul Wright

Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for Recruitment, Foundation Liaison, Fellowships, Website & Marketing

Having moved to the East of England for medical school I married a Molly dancer (traditional East Anglian version of Morris dancing) so couldn't escape. I now split my time between working as a GP and GP Trainer in Bedford and my deanery portfolio - which might best be viewed as AD responsible for encouraging and enabling people to come to (or stay in) the East of England for GP training.

In the little time I have left I enjoy swimming, photography, trivia quizzes and trying to follow Liverpool FC.


I'm leading on redeveloping the GP School website, and we have recently launched an App for our GP trainees.

I look after our newly launched ST4 Quality Improvement and Educational Leadership Fellows and am interested in how we can use recruitment data to help to target trainees who may need extra support early in their training.



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