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Our leaders

At HEE, we work nationally and locally. You can view our overarching structure on the HEE page. Across Yorkshire and the Humber we are led by our Local Director, Mike Curtis and our Postgraduate Dean, David Wilkinson. 


Mike Curtis

LETB Director

Mike Curtis’s  interest and knowledge of education and training in the NHS grew from many years providing financial advice to those managing the large education and training investment budgets.   After joining the NHS from University in 1987 as a financial management trainee, Mike completed his accountancy qualification three years later.  Subsequent NHS roles included working for an acute Trust, the Department of Health and the  Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority where he was Deputy Director of Finance.  Mike has also spent several years out of the NHS, in the UK working for a major management consultancy firm and overseas for the World Health Organisation, working on developing health systems.  Committed to on-going professional development Mike has a masters degree in health management from Leeds University.

David Wilkinson

Postgraduate Dean

David Wilkinson studied medicine at the University of Leeds Medical School and graduated in 1984. His Postgraduate training was in Surgery and then Vascular Surgery within the Yorkshire region, he completed a period of full time Vascular Research and was awarded an MD in 1993. In 1995 he was appointed as Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon to Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust. Mr Wilkinson is now a Specialist Vascular Surgeon with an interest in the management of critical limb ischaemia and vascular access surgery. His educational interests began with undergraduate teaching, and he went on to help oversee the successful expansion of the University of Leeds Medical School into Bradford. From 2003 to 2008 he was Bradford Teaching Hospitals Director of Medical Education. He helped establish the West Yorkshire Foundation School and was its Co-Director until 2008. He was Surgical College Tutor in Bradford, then Regional Coordinator before being appointed Head of School of Surgery in the former Yorkshire Deanery. He took up the post of Postgraduate Dean within the former Yorkshire and the Humber Postgraduate Deanery in 2012.

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