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Our Board

Our Local Education and Training Board is often referred to as our LETB. The Board is responsible for planning and commissioning education and training on a local level, in line with the national overarching plans and strategy. In the East Midlands, our Board meets six times a year.

You can find out about our meeting dates, papers and minutes on the national page.

Gerry McSorley

Independent Chair

Prior to becoming Chair of Health Education England - East Midlands, Gerry was, for two years, Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals. During an NHS management career spanning 38 years he was CEO of a number of acute and teaching hospitals, held a national role for both the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the NHS Leadership Council on senior leadership development and Board governance, and ran a joint programme with the Massachusetts General Hospital and its partner hospitals to learn from innovations in patient care, safety, service improvement and leadership.  He is a visiting senior academic at the University of Lincoln on healthcare leadership, and holds a doctorate from Henley Business School/Brunel University where he researched NHS CEO leadership behaviours and organisational performance.

David Farrelly

Local Director

David was recently Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development and Deputy Chief Executive at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), having previously held positions with EMAS in strategy, transformation and planning and for a period, as Acting Chief Executive. David also undertook a national lead role as Chair of the National HR Directors Group holding positions on the NHS Employers Policy Board and the National Social Partnership forum as well as leading the National trade union discussions through the Ambulance Service Partnership Forum.

Throughout this time David had close involvement with the Nottinghamshire Local Education and Training Council as vice chair and chair of the education commissioning sub-group. Prior to his time at EMAS, David was Executive Director of Human Resources at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust for five years and has also worked in community services and mental health organisations in London.

David has an MA in Employment Strategy and an MSc in Human Resource Leadership as well as qualifications in management consultancy, coaching, mentoring and mediation.

Sue James

Chief Executive

Sue James is the lead provider representative on the LETB and is its Deputy Chair. She also chairs the Derbyshire Local Education and Training Council (LETC). She was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January 2011. The Trust, which incorporates the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital, has an annual turnover of over £400 million, employs 7,000 staff and serves a catchment population of over 500,000, mainly in Southern Derbyshire. Sue has worked in the NHS for over 30 years in posts in London, Leeds, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands. She was Chief Executive at Barnsley District General Hospital from 1996 until 2000 when she joined the then Regional Office in Trent to lead on a number of organisational development initiatives designed to take forward the then newly-published NHS modernisation agenda.  Following this, Sue was appointed as Chief Executive of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2003. During her time in Walsall, Sue led a major redevelopment of the hospital, and repositioned it in relation to healthcare delivery in Walsall to ensure a much more integrated and sustainable model of healthcare.

Sheona MacLeod

Postgraduate Dean

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Professor Sheona MacLeod was closely involved in the development of Health Education East Midlands, first in her role as GP Dean, to develop the mechanisms for including the primary care providers and trainers, and then as Acting Postgraduate Dean. Sheona ensured that the essential former Deanery functions have continued within Health Education England. Sheona sees the need for greater integration of medical and non-medical workforce development and the opportunity to improve care, and education and training through working on a shared agenda with providers.

Sheona graduated from Glasgow University and trained as a GP in Scotland. She moved to Derbyshire at the end of her training, and was a GP in Ashbourne for 25 years. Sheona has worked in the local community hospital and as an occupational health advisor and medical officer for HMP service. Sheona has been involved in local healthcare education since moving to Derbyshire. She has worked for East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery since 2002, as a GP tutor, Programme Director and Associate Postgraduate Dean. She became GP Dean in 2009 and acting Postgraduate Dean in April 2012, and Postgraduate Dean in November 2012. In May 2015 Sheona was appointed to the role of Chair of English Deans.


Peter Miller

Chief Executive

Dr Peter Miller was appointed as CEO of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in September 2013. He was previously Executive Medical Director of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, where he was responsible for the professional leadership of 250 doctors, medical education, integrated and quality governance, risk management, health informatics, pharmacy, research and innovation.

Regionally Dr Miller has been Associate Medical Director of NHS Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority and is currently Clinical Director of Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions for the East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network. He has significant Board level experience, sitting on the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, the Board of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and is co-chair of the Board of the Institute of Mental Health.

Sonia Swart

Chief Executive

Sonia has wide-ranging experience as a clinician and medical manager in the NHS and was Medical Director of Northampton General Hospitals NHS Trust before taking up the Chief Executive post in October 2013.

Sonia began her consultant career in 1987 as Clinical Haematologist in North Warwickshire where she also contributed to the care of unselected acute medical admissions for a number of years before moving to Northampton in 1994. She has taken a keen interest in developing services and improving quality during a series of managerial roles and during her time as Medical Director. As Medical Director she has been a strong advocate for the need to develop training for doctors in a way that is more integrated with other disciplines and with the needs of the service in order to improve both the quality of care given to patients and the training received by the doctors.

Sara Owen

Pro Vice Chancellor

Professor Sara Owen is the Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences and a Professor of Nursing at the University of Lincoln. She first trained as a general nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London before going on to work in palliative care at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and in oncology at the Royal Marsden hospital, London.

Sara then trained as a mental health nurse at the Maudsley/Bethlem Hospitals, London. She worked here as a staff nurse and then as a charge nurse on one of the acute in-patient wards for five years. Sara has two undergraduate degrees, one in Applied Social Sciences and one in Nursing Education. She obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham; a pluralistic evaluation of services for women with serious and enduring mental health problems.

Sara’s first post in Higher Education was at De Montfort University. This was followed by posts as lecturer, research fellow, senior lecturer, and reader in mental health at the University of Nottingham.

Lyn Bacon

Chief Executive

Lyn is the Chief Executive of Nottingham CityCare Partnership Community Interest Company, created as a social enterprise on 1 April 2011. Lyn has strong clinical experience having been both a nurse and midwife. She has worked in Nottingham City for 12 years, gaining an excellent understanding of local issues and health inequalities. Lyn has held a variety of managerial roles including midwifery and locality management, working across all services within a defined area and linking closely with primary care. She became Chief Operating Officer of CitiHealth NHS Nottingham in January 2010 prior to its transformation into CityCare. Lyn is particularly passionate about partnership working and strengthening leaders at all levels to drive quality and excellence, establishing a strong sustainable business that is valued and supported within the community it serves. Key to this is empowering staff to shape their future and create a culture in which they can drive real change and generate innovative approaches to their work.

Sue Noyes

Chief Executive

Currently Chief Executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, Sue Noyes is a successful and committed leader with over 20 years’ experience in the NHS. She has worked in a variety of organisations across the East Midlands health community, delivering financial plans and performance targets, as well as taking a wider interest in care delivery, with a period as Acting Chief Executive in Lincolnshire. Sue has a strong focus on ensuring the quality of service; effective staff engagement and leadership. She is a Board member of East Midlands Leadership Academy, as well as a director of two charities. She also holds a counselling qualification and has a strong personal interest in helping individuals achieve their full potential.

Catherine Pope

AHP Representative

Catherine Pope is the Associate Director Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and a clinical director within Health Partnerships division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, one of only a handful of AHPs to hold a clinical director post within the UK. She is also the elected Chair of Council of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the professional body and Trade Union for the UK’s 54,000 physiotherapists, students and support workers, from October 2015-2017.

Catherine has worked in the NHS since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1985 in a variety of clinical, operational manager and leadership roles. She has extensive experience of representing and promoting AHPs at a national and international level and has previously been a member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network Board.

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