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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.


Lizzie Smith

Local Director

Lizzie Smith has nearly fifteen years’ NHS management experience, and was made Local Director of HEE in north west London in September 2015, having acted as interim Director from April of the same year. Prior to that she worked as Director of Workforce and Development for HEE across north west London. Before the establishment of HEE, Lizzie was Head of Education Planning and Market Development in the NHS London Education commissioning team. She is an experienced workforce and education planner, and was responsible for the design and implementation of the London-wide Education Planning process which was first run in 2010.

Before joining NHS London, Lizzie worked as Assistant Director of Training and Postgraduate Education at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Her NHS career began with Camden PCT where she worked in Clinical Governance, Audit and Primary Care education programmes.

Dr Julia Whiteman

Postgraduate Dean

Dr Julia Whiteman is a General Practitioner by background who now works full time in medical education and training. She is experienced in supporting professional development in doctors from across all specialities and all career stages including interprofessional education and community development. Previously as Director of Appraisal Revalidation and Performance for the London Deanery she set up the Professional Support Unit and led on the implementation of the requirements for trainee revalidation across London.

Julia is particularly interested in systems and practice that ensure patient and practitioner safety. Nationally she is Lead Postgraduate Dean for both revalidation for doctors in postgraduate training and performance and was part of the national Remediation Working Party in 2012.

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