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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, David Farrelly, and our leaders below, who make up our Senior Management Team.


David Farrelly

Regional Director - Midlands and East

David Farrelly has been appointed as the Regional Director for Midlands and East. 

Most recently David was Local Director for Health Education England's East Midlands office. Prior to this he was 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.

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.

Sheona MacLeod

Postgraduate Dean

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.

Jane Johnson

Local Director - North Midlands

Jane Johnson is currently the Local Director for North Midlands. Prior to this Jane was Executive Lead for Transformation and Innovation, and has worked for HEE in the East Midlands since February 2014. Her previous post was as Associate Director of Workforce in Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where she helped them achieve Foundation Trust status through the development of their workforce strategy.

Jane has over 30 years NHS experience working in both Acute and Mental Health organisations as well as across Local Health and Social Care Communities and Strategic Health Authorities geographies. She has experience of working at Senior Management Team and Board level.

Jane has a background in Human Resources, is CIPD qualified and has experience of Leadership Development and Coaching/Mentoring.

Over the past 10 years she has supported organisations to develop workforce strategies and Local Health and Social Care Communities to work across organisational boundaries to deliver a high quality safe and sustainable workforce.

James McLean

Local Director - Central Midlands

James McLean is the Local Director for Central Midlands. Prior to this he was Deputy Dean for Quality and Education for Health Education England in the East Midlands. Originally James trained as an RGN and later RN Child at St. James’ University Hospital Leeds. His nursing background is in Intensive Care both Adult and Paediatric and has been the Matron for Leicester Children's Intensive Care, Retrieval  and High Dependency Services.

James managed the Clinical Skills Unit at University Hospitals of Leicester and in conjunction with colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital MA and a dedicated team from Leicester developed a comprehensive High Fidelity simulation programme for multi-professional teams and a programme for developing faculty from all aspects of health care.

James has a proven track record  for the development and delivery of multi-professional education and the delivery of quality education in quality environments.

Adrian Brooke

Deputy Postgraduate Dean

Dr Adrian Brooke graduated from Leicester University and undertook training in paediatrics in Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester. During training he completed an epidemiological research study and was clinical lecturer in community child health at the University of Leicester. He has worked as a consultant in Community Paediatrics in Leicestershire since 1997.

He has been involved in healthcare education since returning to Leicestershire in 1996 and has been actively teaching medical students, postgraduate trainees in paediatrics and general practice trainees ever since. He also teaches speech and language therapy students, health visitors and school nurses.

He was appointed as Head of the Paediatric Specialty School by East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery in 2011 and led the programme to merge specialty schools across the newly formed Health Education East Midlands in 2013. He was appointed as Secondary Care Dean and Deputy Postgraduate Dean in October 2013.

He has undertaken various roles within clinical leadership and management in his career. He was Associate Director for Paediatrics at Leicester City PCT from 2003 to 2009 and led the Childrens’ work stream across East Midlands SHA from 2009-2012. He was Clinical Director of the children’s strategic clinical network across NHS East Midlands until December 2013. 

Current areas of focus are on HEE’s workforce offer to the vanguards and meeting our commitment to challenges posed by the introduction of seven day services. The main focus of his role remains with ensuring that we maintain the quality and safety of postgraduate medical training across secondary care, as well as deputising for the Postgraduate Dean in various aspects of quality and regulation of postgraduate training across East Midlands. Adrian sits as a representative of HEE on the Senate Council to ensure our aims join up with those of the rest of the NHS as it evolves. 

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