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Our leaders

At HEE, we work nationally and locally. You can view our overarching structure on the HEE page. Locally, we are led by our Local Director, Rob Bowman, and our leaders below, who make up our Senior Management Team. We also have our local Governing Body and workforce partnerships.


Rob Bowman

Interim Local Director

Acting as interim Director  for the East of England LETB, Rob joined HEE in March 2013 and has led the development and implementation of the 2020 Vision: Workforce Skills Strategy as is the Executive Lead for Planning, Strategy and Commissioning. 

Rob has 27 years experience in HR roles in the NHS across acute, mental health, community and social care settings, including a major teaching hospital centre. He has 10 years experience working at Director level.

Rob was chair of the East of England Human Resources Directors Network from 2009 to 2011, co-chair of the East of England Social Partnership Forum from 2008 to 2010 and then co-chaired the Essex Workforce Partnership Group from 2011 to 2012.

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.

Boyd Mullins

Executive Lead - Workforce Partnerships

Boyd leads on the 4 Workforce Partnerships in the east of England, on Workforce Transformation and on Performance and Delivery. He has extensive experience in leading local, regional and national workforce transformation programmes, and the development and introduction of new and expanded roles.

Boyd’s 30 year healthcare career began with a varied and fulfilling clinical career in mental health nursing, moving into public health and then education and training and workforce development roles across a breadth of healthcare settings.

Boyd was instrumental in the introduction of the Assistant Practitioner role across Essex around ten years ago, enjoys the challenge of workforce modernisation, and with a wife and daughter who are both registered nurses, Boyd has always retained a keen interest in the clinical workforce. 

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