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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, Mandy Shanahan and our leaders below, who make up our Senior Management Team. We also have our local Board and  Stakeholder Council.

Mandy Shanahan

West Midlands Local Director

Mandy is the Local Director for Health Education West Midlands and previously held the role of Director of Workforce for Health Education West Midlands.  She is a qualified coach and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has used coaching to develop leadership for CCG Boards, the NHS and voluntary sector.

Mandy has over 30 year’s leadership experience spanning private, local authority, education and health.  She has worked at Board level for over 10 years with director roles in Community, Mental Health and Primary Care Commissioning.

Mandy enjoys challenging herself and in the last few years has started running and playing touch rugby to complement her bridge playing.  She likes to claim she is not competitive although others disagree.  Her fair riposte is that helping others get the best out of themselves is more important than her winning….mostly.

Russell Smith

West Midlands Postgraduate Dean

Russell Smith is the Postgraduate Dean for the West Midlands with previous roles as Deputy Postgraduate Dean, Associate Dean (Quality) and Cardiology Training Committee chairman.

He is responsible for all aspects of postgraduate medical education and training having lead on the development of the quality framework and involvement of lay advisors in the process. He works closely with the GMC on education and training issues and is particularly involved in responding to patient safety concerns.

His role is multi-professional having developed the first combined Quality Management reviews. He also works as the national Quality Lead for cardiology training for the Royal College of Physicians. Clinically, he is a cardiologist at University Hospital Birmingham. Prior to 2009, he was a physician and cardiologist at Good Hope Hospital and their Clinical Director of Medicine. He continues to teach medical undergraduates and also advanced life support to the multidisciplinary team. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and a faculty member of regional and national cardiology simulation programmes. His recent research interests involve device management of heart failure.

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