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Our leaders

At HEE, we work nationally and locally. You can view our overarching structure on the HEE page. Our leaders below make up our senior management team. We also have our local board.


Philippa Spicer

Local Director

Philippa joined the NHS in 1995 and was appointed as an executive director of HR in 1998. 

In 2002 she was joint director of HR and organisational development for Worthing and Southlands NHS Hospitals Trust and Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT, leading both organisations through the implementation of the electronic staff and new Agenda for Change pay arrangements. In 2006 Philippa became Director of HR and organisational development for West Sussex PCT supporting staff through the transformation to new community service arrangements.

Philippa moved to the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority in 2010 and was responsible for HR and workforce development, leading the development of the South East Coast workforce assurance framework and chairing the regional social partnership forum, before becoming the managing director of HEKSS in 2012.

Professor Graeme Dewhurst

Postgraduate Dean

Graeme was delighted to take up the role of Postgraduate Dean on 1 September 2015.  The appointment to the Postgraduate Dean role followed nearly 10 years as Kent, Surrey and Sussex Head of School of Medicine as well as posts with the RCP as Regional Adviser for training and Associate Postgraduate Dean for Medical Education.  Graeme has also previously been Director of Medical Education at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester where he was a General Physician with Special Responsibility for the Elderly.  Graeme was also Undergraduate Sub Dean in Chichester and served terms as a Senior RCP London Examiner.  He has a strong interest in clinical teaching and looks forward to working as Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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