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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, Derek Sprague, who works with our Senior Management Team. We also have our local board and two stakeholder councils.

Jane Barrie OBE DL

Independent Chair

Jane Barrie is the chair of the new regional Local Education and Training Board for the south. This follows the decision by the HEE Board to move from 13 LETBs to four new regional LETBs.

Jane who lives in Somerset, has during the last 24 years held several non-executive Chair roles within the NHS, including Chair of NHS Somerset, the former Primary Care Trust and Chair of Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority.  Nationally, she was a member of the NHS Commercial Advisory Board, Chair of the Strategic Health Authority Chairs’ Network and a member of the NHS Confederation’s Primary Care Trust Network.

She is a stockbroker by profession and formerly Regional Director of NatWest Stockbrokers.

She has a keen interest in both education and the voluntary sector, and is also a past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, the global women's organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programmes leading to social and economic empowerment.


Derek Sprague

Local Director

Derek Sprague has worked in the public sector for almost all of his working life.  The first 20 years were spent as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force before a short spell in business consultancy.  He joined the NHS in 2003 in a commissioning role for the Workforce Development Confederation, and quickly held responsibility for leading non-medical education commissioning across Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.  The merger of NHS organisations in 2006 led to closer working with the medical workforce and in particular the Severn and Peninsula Deaneries.

Derek has also worked very closely with the current and previous Chief Dental Officer for England, is currently on the national Dental Programme Board and chairs the COPDEND Dental Foundation Board.

In 2012 he became the Director of Education and Quality for Health Education Southwest and, following a restructure of Health Education England and Health Education Southwest, assumed the role of Local Education and Training Board Director in 2014.  In this current role he directs the entire medical, non-medical, and non-registered activity of HEE across the south west.

Derek gained an MBA with from the Open University in 2000 and is a member of MENSA.

Martin Beaman

Postgraduate Dean

Martin graduated in Medicine from Kings College Hospital in London in 1979.  After a variety of training posts, which took him from the south coast of England to Manchester, he was appointed Consultant Nephrologist and General Physician in Exeter in 1991.  He completed an immunologically based research doctorate during a three-year period at the University Hospital in Birmingham.  In his early years as a consultant he developed an interest in NHS management, becoming Clinical Director of Medicine from 1995 to 2000 and obtaining an MBA in Health Executive Management during that time.

He was appointed Associate Postgraduate Dean in the South West in 2000 and became the inaugural Postgraduate Dean for the South West Peninsula in 2005, assuming responsibility for the Severn programmes in November 2013, as part of his overarching role with Health Education England across the south west.  He is currently Lead Dean for Haematology, Respiratory Medicine, JRCPTB and General Practice. 

Clare Chivers

Health Dean

Clare qualified as a registered nurse in 1985 and having worked in nursing roles in Nottingham and London, she moved to the south west in 1994. Clare`s early professional career developed in orthopaedics and medicine and later in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

During her nursing career Clare developed a growing interest in education and held joint positions with further education and higher education in the south west, achieving associate teacher status in 2002 and was appointed as lead for placement learning and partnerships for Devon and Cornwall Workforce Development Confederation in 2003.

In 2004 Clare was appointed as education lead for the South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority, alongside achieving an MSc in Healthcare and Educational Practice. Clare developed extensive experience in education commissioning, education quality assurance and working with regulation and regulators.

Clare was appointed as Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education South West in 2013 and then to the post of Health Dean in Health Education England for the South West in February 2015. Clare holds a Master’s in Business Administration and has a specialist interest in strategic workforce development related to service re-design in the changing healthcare setting.

This Page was last updated on: Monday, November 23, 2015

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