Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

About Us

NHS England exists for one reason only, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

The Postgraduate Dean is Dr Jon Cooper.  Dr Cooper is supported by Deputy Deans: Ms Fiona Bishop, Mr Jon Hossain and Mr Willy Pillay. 

What do we do?

These are just a few of things we do….

  • Implement the new NHS England Quality Framework

  • Maintain standards and improve the quality of education

  • Work in an honest, fair and transparent way

  • Recognise the role that learners and Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) play within the service and support educational development, research and innovation

  • Encourage all learners to achieve their potential

  • Support and develop trainers

  • Review how multi-professional healthcare teams interact and identify opportunities for different healthcare professions to work more effectively together through education and training

  • Recognise the central role of the patient, and the learner/patient relationship

  • Support use of simulation and clinical skills in training

  • Manage a ‘Future Leaders Programme’

  • Provide leadership in the field of education and training

  • Be responsive to the changing needs and values of the NHS


Dr Jon Cooper, Local Postgraduate Dean, Yorkshire & the Humber  

Jon qualified in Liverpool (1995) before undertaking medical training in Merseyside and later, Yorkshire and the Humber. He has been a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2005 where he has previously led the stroke service and was Director of Postgraduate Dental and Medical Education from 2014-2020 before being appointed as Postgraduate Dean in Yorkshire and the Humber, overseeing a transformation of education culture and delivery regionally. He has held a number of other training roles from RCP College Tutor to Training Programme Director for Stroke Medicine, Core Medical Training. He has also previously chaired the Stroke Medicine sub-specialty Advisory Committee and Geriatric Medicine Specialty Certificate Examination Standard Setting Group. He is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education, University of Leeds and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.



James Spencer, Dental Dean - Dental Directorate


James qualified as a dentist from the University of Bristol in 1987. He went on to undertake his specialist Orthodontic Training at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. James is currently an NHS consultant at Pinderfields General Hospital and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Leeds Dental Institute. He was previously theTraining Programme Director for Orthodontics in Yorkshire and Associate Dental Dean with responsibility for Specialty and Core training. As Dental Dean Mr Spencer is responsible for specialty, core and foundation Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) and for the development of the dental workforce. He continues to lecture widely in the UK and abroad and is still actively involved in the teaching and training. James is the Dental Dean for the Dentistry Directorate.



Miss Fiona Bishop, Deputy Postgraduate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development, Revalidation Directorate

Fiona is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with an interest in vitreo-retinal surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Originally from Newcastle and a graduate from the University of Manchester, Fiona came to Yorkshire as a specialty Postgraduate Doctor in Training (PGDiT) and never left. She has had an interest in education throughout her career undertaking various roles, including College tutor, Training Programme Director and from 2013 – 2021 was an Associate Dean. She chairs the Curriculum Committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Fiona has found a way of combining her interest in different cultures, with her love of teaching, in work with the World Sight Foundation. Her particular educational interests include fairness in training and addressing differential attainment. Fiona is the Deputy Dean responsible for Learner Support and Faculty Development as well as Revalidation.



Jon Hossain, Deputy Postgraduate Dean - Quality Directorate

Jon has been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Yorkshire since 2001 with a special interest in Venous Disease and Lymphoedema. He went to Medical School at King’s College, London and trained as a Surgical Registrar in North West London. Jon has significant interest in medical education and training and has been a member of the Deanery faculty in Yorkshire since 2007. He is a member of the Court of Examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons in England. He has been a Deputy Postgraduate Dean since 2014 and is the Regional Director of Quality. Nationally he is the Lead Dean for Respiratory Medicine, Clinical Haematology and Less Than Full Time Training, He is part of the National Equaity, Diversity and Inclusion group. Jon is the Deputy Dean for the Quality Directorate.



Mr Willy Pillay, Deputy Postgraduate Dean - Specialty Training Programmes Directorate

Willy trained in General and Vascular Surgery in South Africa. He works at Doncaster as an endovascular surgeon, and has held several clinical leadership roles in the Trust. These include Clinical Director and Care Group Director and since 2017, Deputy Medical Director. He has operated at board level delivering service development and reconfiguration, leading large groups of multi-professional staff, managing large budgets and guiding on the development of strategy. A lifelong learner, he has completed a number of programmes and qualifications in clinical leadership. Willy has been on the national committee for general and vascular surgery selection. He is part of the European Board of Vascular Surgery examinations and an examiner for the new vascular FRCS. He has been principal investigator at Doncaster for 7 international clinical trials. Willy has a passion for training and simulation. Along with his team, he has developed and delivered 3 different surgical courses of national repute since 2007, and has expanded this overseas. Willy is the Deputy Dean responsible for the Specialty Training Programmes Directorate.



Caroline Mills, Deputy Postgraduate Dean - Primary Care School - awaiting info

Caroline is the Deputy Dean for the Primary Care School.

Dr Andrew Brennan, Associate Dean - Specialty Training Programmes Directorate

Andrew is a consultant in anaesthetics and sleep medicine at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been an Associate Dean at NHS England since 2013. He works as part of the Specialty Training Programmes directorate with particular responsibility for regional implementation of the Addressing Health Inequalities workstream, which includes re distribution of specialty training posts as well as the expansion programme. This links well with his work as Y&H lead for the Remote & Rural project. He works closely with the quality team and NLAG, which is a pilot site for this project. He also provides supervision and support to the leadership fellow who chairs the Postgraduate Doctor in Training (PGDiT) Forum.




Dr Nicki Doddridge, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate

Nicki has been an Associate Dean with NHS England Yorkshire and the Humber since 2018. Nicki is an Acute Physician by training and graduated from Sheffield University Medical School in 1997. Nicki was TPD for Acute Medicine in South Yorkshire from 2009 to 2016 and has been a coach with NHS England since 2018. In addition to the core duties of an Associate Dean, her areas of work are ARCP development, Careers and Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) Career Support, Faculty Development.




Dr Usha Kuchimanchi, Associate Dean - Revalidation Directorate

Usha obtained her MBBS and MD degrees from the Grant Medical College, Mumbai and has worked in the UK since 1991. She trained in STI and HIV (Genitourinary) Medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and St Thomas’ Hospital, London.  Since 2002, she has worked as a Consultant Physician with City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) CIC, Hull.  She has been Associate Dean since 2016. Her particular interests include addressing issues of inequity and differential attainment.




Mr Andrew Lockey, Associate Dean - Quality Directorate

Andy is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, based at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust. He is also a Visiting Professor in Emergency Medicine with the University of Huddersfield. Andy is the lead Associate Dean for Quality, and his portfolio predominantly covers Quality activities. He is the regional AD link for Trusts in Humber and the North. In addition, Andy is the AD link for the regional Guardians of Safe Working Hours group.




Miss Claire Murphy, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate - awaiting info

Maya Naravi, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate - awaiting info

Dr Susy Sterling, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate

Susy leads on the multidisciplinary Future Leaders Programme and is involved in Learner Support and Faculty Development, and in Professional Support for Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs).  She also runs the Y&H Coaching Scheme for Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs).  Susy trained in Public Health and has worked in a variety of health systems in the NHS and overseas, and for and with acute trusts, health authorities, primary care groups, primary care trusts, a strategic health authority, clinical commissioning groups, Public Health England and NHS England. She was Training Programme Director for Public Health between 2010 and 2019 and became an Associate Dean in 2013. Susy is trained in NHS Leadership Academy 360 appraisal, Action Learning Set facilitation, Thinking Time Coaching and facilitation, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strength Deployment Inventory, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hogan psychometric tools. 



Ros Roden, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate - awaiting info

Dr Elizabeth Stonell, Associate Dean - Learner Support and Faculty Development Directorate

Dr Liz Stonell

Liz is a GP partner, working at Orchard Croft Medical Centre, Horbury, Wakefield for 16 years. She graduated from Leeds University in 2003, and has stayed in the area since then. Liz has a keen interest in education, and is the lead Trainer within the practice. She was a TPD on the local training scheme until April 2023, and is now joint Associate Dean for training support within the GP school. Liz has had an interest in neurodiversity, and the impact that this has on education, and has led on neurodiversity within the GP school for 2 years. She also now provides support to educators around neurodiversity.


Andy Bolton, Associate Dean - SAS Directorate - awaiting info

James Tomlinson, Associate Dean - Quality Directorate


James is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon in Sheffield, and completed his Basic and Higher Surgical training in Yorkshire. He is an Associate Dean for Quality. He is passionate about improving postgraduate training and has supervised a number of leadership fellows working on improvements in education and training. He is a member of the SAC for Trauma and Orthopaedics, and was previously the Academic TPD for T&O in the region.  He also has an interest in Non-Technical skills and teaches nationally and internationally for the RCSEd NOTSS faculty.



Adam Burns, Associate Dean - Quality Directorate 

Adam is a Consultant in Acute Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  He is an Associate Dean for Quality. He studied in Leeds and completed acute care common stem and higher specialist training locally.  He is a former Yorkshire and the Humber Leadership and Simulation Fellow.   He has an interest in human factors, patient safety, and technical skills simulation having developed non-technical skills courses and procedural simulation for medical Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs).   At an undergraduate level, he leads the acute and critical care integrated core unit at the University of Leeds. In this role, he has developed a new undergraduate acute care curriculum and integrated patient safety in the higher years of undergraduate training.



Joseph Vere, Dental Associate Dean - Dental Directorate

Qualifications: BDS, MMedSci (Dental Implantology), MPros, FDS (Rest Dent), PhD.

Joe graduated from Cardiff Dental School in 1999. He undertook specialist training in restorative dentistry at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield, between 2010 and 2015. Prior to 2010 he spent 11 years working primarily in general dental practice. Joe was appointed as a full-time Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in Leicester, in 2015, and he continues to enjoy this role. He completed a PhD, analysing the importance of evidence-based medicine, at the University of Sheffield, in 2018. Joe was appointed as Associate Dental Dean for Dental Workforce Development across Yorkshire and the Humber in January 2020. Joe has always had a keen interest in dental education. He has delivered postgraduate courses for dentists and dental care professionals since 2008 and was Training Programme Director for Restorative Dentistry across South Yorkshire and Leicester between 2016 and 2019. He completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education in 2019. Joe understands the interface between primary and secondary care and he is keen to support the upskilling of dental care professionals and the development of managed care networks across the region.  


Ghazala Ahmad-Mear, Dental Associate Dean - Dental Directorate - awaiting info






Richard Balmer, Dental Associate Dean- Dental Directorate - awaiting info

Jason Atkinson, Dental Associate Dean- Dental Directorate - awaiting info

Helen Cattermole, Primary Care Associate Dean - Primary Care School

Helen is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She has clinical interests in trauma and metastatic bone disease, and spent 15 years with the Royal Army Medical Reserves. Educationally, she has held a number of roles including College Tutor, Core Surgical Training Programme Director, Guardian of Safe Working and Director of Medical Education, achieving successful service and training transformations in each role. As a non-GP Associate Dean within the Primary Care School, she leads on secondary care issues and works on differential attainment within the School. Helen is also Head of the Yorkshire and Humber Generalist School, implementing the Enhancing Generalist Skills programme in the region. She holds a national role with NHS England as Clinical Advisor to the Enhancing Generalist Skills Programme, is Vice-Chair of the Core Surgical Training Committee of the JCST, and is a Council Officer for Medical Education Leaders UK. Helen has a Masters in Medical Education, and is currently studying for a PG Cert in Clinical Practice, Management and Education using her learning from the ‘enhance’ programme.


Katie Cobb, Interim Head of Function

Katie has worked at NHS England for the past 8 years. In previous roles she led the Learner Support and Faculty Development team.   Katie is a workplace mediator and Freedom to Speak up Guardian.  She firmly believes that our staff and doctor’s in training have the right to work within a safe, open and honest culture and helping to provide a happy workplace for all is very important to her.



Julie Platts, Senior Quality Lead - Quality Directorate

Julie was Regional Multiprofessional CPD Manager in the Regional Postgraduate Dental Office on joining NHS England in 1997. During her time in this role, she gained a BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care Management with Sheffield Hallam University and a Master’s in Business Administration with the Open University.  Since 2014 she has held roles within the Quality Team and is currently Senior Quality Lead for North East and Yorkshire. Julie is passionate about the improvement in the quality of education and training across all learner professions.




Jane Burnett, Business Manager - Revalidation Directorate

Jane has worked for the Deanery in various roles since 2004.  She has been a Business Manager since 2017 and is currently responsible for the Revalidation Directorate.  This provides support to the Responsible Officer to revalidate the 6,000+ Postgraduate Doctors in Training across the region.  The Directorate also deals with Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) appeals, complaints and liaising with the GMC. Outside of work Jane enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and cooking/baking.   



Emma James, Business Manager for Specialty Training Programmes Directorate

Emma has worked in NHS education & training for 20 years, based in Yorkshire and the Humber since 2017. As Business Manager in the Specialty Training Programmes Directorate, she has responsibility for a number of Postgraduate Schools (Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology and Surgery) and also leads on specialty training expansion and distribution in the region, which incorporates the national METIP and Addressing Health Inequalities programmes. In addition, Emma is a champion of wellbeing, trained in Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness.




Calum Smith, Business Manager - Primary Care School - awaiting info





Nick Sowerby, Senior Business Manager - Specialty Training Directorate

Nick has worked within the Deanery setting for approximately sixteen years, with nine of those being in a Business or Senior Business Manager role. He is now responsible for leading the Specialty Training Programmes (STP) Directorate in liaison with the Clinical Lead (Mr Willy Pillay). This directorate encompasses eleven Postgraduate Schools. Nick is also currently the lead for Academic training in the region and has had previous involvement with Dentistry, Foundation, Primary Care and various national workstreams over the years.

Outside of work Nick enjoys both participating in and watching sport, particularly Rugby League, Football and Cricket. He is also keen ‘explorer’, both in terms of seeing new places and sampling different cuisines.


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