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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 Directors, Jennifer Cavalot and Neil McLauchlan and our leaders below, who make up our Senior Leadership Group. We also have information about our Local Workforce Action Boards (LWABs).

Jennifer Cavalot

Joint Local Director

Jennifer is the joint Local Director.

Senior Management Team

Kirstie Baxter

Head of Workforce Transformation

As Head of Workforce Transformation for HEE (NW), Kirstie leads on the development of the workforce and education offer to support delivery of the new care models.  

Working as a key partner in the design and delivery of place-based systems of care, Kirstie’s role is to support systems to identify the whole workforce requirement, against which appropriate education and training investments can be made – whether that be focused on quality and retention of workforce supply, up-skilling existing staff, introducing new roles or developing new ways of working.

Prior to this Kirstie was the Assistant Director for Education Management with NHS North West and led on the development of strategies to improve quality and maximise educational investment across the whole non-medical workforce, including apprenticeships.

Kirstie’s professional background is in nursing, where she specialised in theatre for 10 years, before progressing to a range of roles in service quality, practice development and project management.

Mike Burgess

Head of Workforce Strategy and Planning

As Head of Workforce Strategy and Planning for HEE (NW), Mike leads on the workforce planning and strategy to identify the workforce requirements across the North West to ensure a security of supply through workforce and education.

Working as a key partner with multi-sector commissioners and providers, Mike’s role is to support systems to identify the whole workforce requirement over the next 12 months, 5 years and up to 10 years whether current, transformed or for the future using workforce intelligence, workforce modelling, root cause analysis and generating scenarios of the future.

Mike has 15 years experience working within the NHS in a range of roles covering analysis, performance, OD and leadership and planning. Mike’s professional background is in general management, strategic workforce planning and marketing.

Kim Doherty

Head of Business Development

Kim has over 20 years NHS experience working across a range of provider and commissioner organisations, including 12 years as a HR Director.   Her current role as Head of Business Development involves supporting HEE in the North West to develop its organisational effectiveness both internally and externally with stakeholders.

Mike Farrell

Head of Education Transformation

Mike Farrell is Head of Education Transformation at Health Education England (working across the North West). As part of his portfolio of work, Mike has responsibility for supporting education developments for the non-medical workforce, from career entry to progression.  His work includes ensuring NHS organisations are using the wide range of vocational learning pathways, including apprenticeships, in seeking to attract and develop their workforce.

Mike is a registered nurse and has held a number of posts in clinical, management and education settings.  He is a passionate advocate of lifelong learning and believes strongly that high quality learning opportunities are essential  for  new and current NHS staff to further develop their skills and contribute effectively to the delivery of high quality healthcare services.



Diane Hart

Head of Performance, BI & Corp Functions

Diane was appointed as Head of Performance, Business Intelligence and Corporate Functions on 1st April 2015.  Diane leads on the overall performance agenda for the North West local office, developing the performance measurement and management function, along with the supporting business intelligence, contract management, corporate administration, knowledge management and Programme Management Office functions. 

Prior to this, Diane worked as Head of Business Development and Strategy in postgraduate medical and dental education within Cheshire and Merseyside.

Diane has 35 years’ experience of working in the NHS in a range of roles.  Diane has also held elected Public Governor roles at both a large Acute Foundation Trust and a Specialist Foundation Trust on Merseyside.

Diane’s professional background is in general management.  She is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and the Chartered Management Institute.   


Neil McLauchlan

Joint Local Director

Having trained as a nurse, Neil's worked in London, India and Manchester, predominantly in respiratory medicine and clinical teaching. He moved to the North West in 1987, initially working as a clinical manager and then in general management at Wythenshawe Hospital before working in education commissioning becoming Head of Education Commissioning and then Joint Local director for HEE in the North West.

Neil's role at HEE as Joint Local Director includes specific support for the STPs for Greater Manchester and W,N&E Cumbria (with the North East Office). He line manages the Education Transformation & Commissioning, Workforce Transformation and Workforce Planning functions and jointly supports the delivery of local, regional and national role of HEE.


Jane Mamelok

Postgraduate Dean

Jane is now the Postgraduate Dean in the North West.  She was a graduate entry to medical school (University College London 1986) having studied at Durham for a BSc. She has been a GP for 25 years and experienced many cycles of change in Primary Care from the 1990 Contract to the most recent reforms. She was still in clinical practice one day a week up to February 2015.

Jane has been involved in medical education for more than 20 years, working formerly as a course organiser, Associate GP Director (North Western Deanery) and more recently as a GP Director for Mersey. She was a GP Trainer in Cheadle for 15 years until her appointment as GP Director in 2011. With the integration of the two deaneries in February 2015, she took over from Dr Barry Lewis as GP Director for the single GP School across the whole of the North West footprint (Cheshire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire). The experience, close working relationships and networks across both sides of the patch have been helpful for a smooth transition.

Her main area of interest is assessment; she has 13 years’ experience as a MRCGP examiner and was the RCGP Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) Clinical Lead until 2013. She continues to work closely with the RCGP Quality Management and Training Standards team. Jane has national roles relating to GP specialty training and has been involved in a number of changes to the GP Curriculum and recruitment initiatives. She is Vice – Chair of COGPED (Committee of GP Education Directors) and Chair the HEE GP Directors group.

She is also a Honorary Civilian Consultant Adviser to the Army and advises Defence Medical Services (DMS) on postgraduate medical training. 

Outside of medicine she is a passionate gardener and incompetent church bell ringer.

Allan Sansbury

Strategic Finance Lead

As Strategic Finance Lead, Allan heads the Finance team in the NW Office with responsibility for the financial management of budgets totalling c£700m.  He has worked in the NHS for over 30 years having graduated at Sheffield University and subsequently obtaining a Professional Accountancy Qualification whilst training in the private sector.

Senior positions held in the NHS include leading an Internal Audit Consortium and posts in both commissioning and provider organisations. Being keen to support Education and Training, Allan has subsequently worked at Strategic Health Authorities and now Health Education England.   


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