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At HEE, we work nationally and locally. You can view our overarching structure on the HEE page

Appointment of Local Director for East of England

Following interviews over the last few days, we have now appointed a Local Director for the East of England.

Phil Carver, currently the Deputy Director of Education at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, will formally start on 2 October. In the meantime, Bill Irish, Postgraduate Dean, will provide day to day cover, supported by James McLean, Local Director for Central Midlands, who will support day to day operational management of the office. Jane Johnson, Local Director for North Midlands, will provide support to the work of the LWABs.

Phil's previous roles include Director of Commercial and Innovation Partnerships at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in Sheffield, Associate Professor and Principle Lecturer at Kingston/St Georges University of London, and prior to that, as Senior Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

We look forward to welcoming Phil to HEE.


Professor Bill Irish

Postgraduate Dean

Bill trained in Cambridge and London, before training as a general practitioner in Bath and pursuing a parallel career in postgraduate medical education. 

Until recently he was Director of GP Education in Health Education South West, chair of COGPED and co-chair of the medical selection quality and standards group for the UK. He is the UK lead postgraduate dean for the specialities of acute medicine, infectious disease and pre hospital emergency medicine.  He is the HEE dean for integrated academic and clinical training for doctors and dentists in partnership with NIHR and the English medical schools.

Bill holds visiting chairs of medical education at the universities of Bristol and East Anglia and has research interests in high-stakes assessment, medical trainee recruitment and selection.

He was fortunate to be deployed as clinical lead for a large Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone during the recent pandemic.

Outside of work Bill remains a very keen but ageing triathlete, and enjoys chasing around after his 3 (almost) grown up children.

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