Senate Council Members

  • Dr Bernard Brett

    Dr Bernard Brett

    Senate Council Chair

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    Dr Bernard Brett MB, BS, BSc, FRCP, Advanced Medical Manager (BAMM) is a consultant in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine based at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and also works at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has a strong interest in Management and Leadership.

    He has held the post of Chair of the East of England Clinical Senate since July 2014 and has chaired more than ten independent clinical review panels.  In 2016 he won the Health Education East, 2016 NHS Leadership Recognition Award for ‘Leading and Developing People’.   He has also held several senior management posts over the last fifteen years including that of Medical Director, Responsible Officer, Deputy Medical Director, Divisional Director, Director of Patient Flow and Appraisal lead. He continues with an interest in Appraisal and Revalidation. Bernard has spoken at regional and national meetings on the topic of 7-day working and been an invited speaker on the topic of improving colonoscopic adenoma detection rates.

    His clinical interests include Bowel Cancer Screening (he has been an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the last 10 years), Therapeutic Endoscopy and ERCP.    His educational interests include communication skills and endoscopic training.  He has been on the faculty for regional trainer development programme module, ‘Learning and Teaching Communication Skills’ for over 10 years.

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  • Dr Shane Gordon

    Dr Shane Gordon

    Senate Council Vice Chair

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    Dr Shane Gordon is the Director of Integration for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT).   Shane has been a GP since 2002 and has also worked in NHS management for 12 years. He has undertaken a variety of senior roles including Associate Medical Director for the East of England Strategic Health Authority, Chief Officer of North East Essex CCG and Chief Operating Officer at CHUFT. He has led region-wide change programmes and high-value procurements and is also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

    Shane is married with one son. He is a keen guitarist and former champion sword-fencer.

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  • Dr Sunil Gupta

    Dr Sunil Gupta

    Senate Council Vice Chair

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    Sunil is a GP in Essex, a GP Trainer and an Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is on the Governing Body of Castle Point and Rochford CCG, on the Essex Employment and Skills Board and a Training Programme Director of the Chelmsford GP Specialist Training Scheme. Sunil is on the Board of the Essex Faculty of the RCGP and a member of the Member of NHS England Primary Care Patient Safety Group. He is a GP Advisor for CQC visits to General Practices, a GP Advisor as part of the RCGP Special Measures Support Team and a Member of NHS England Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Implementation Group.


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  • Professor Aliko Ahmed

    Professor Aliko Ahmed

    Director of Public Health England

    Aliko Ahmed is Director of Public Health England for East of England, and previously the Director of Public Health for Staffordshire NHS and County Council. He qualified in medicine, and trained in epidemiology and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and at the University of Cambridge.
    He oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS.

    He has over 24 years’ experience working as a clinician, academic and public health practitioner in health systems across low and high income countries. His clinical work has been mainly in infectious and communicable diseases including STIs and HIV. His academic interest is in translational research, and has been involved in many academic-service based collaborative research programmes. He recently helped to establish a public health translational Centre for Health and Development at Staffordshire University.

    Aliko is also involved in several global health initiatives. His earlier global health experiences include extensive field work in infectious diseases and outbreak as a medical epidemiologist with MSF, advising and supporting national disease control programmes in Africa, and a key role in a large global programme that supported governments in low income countries to develop national mental health policies. He maintains a special interest in collaborative efforts towards sustainable health system solutions in Africa.

    He is a member of the Global Health Committees of the Faculty of Public Health and PHE, the Chair of Public Health Africa Initiative, and the Co-Convener-Better Health for Africa Initiative. He is a Senior Fellow at Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House, and a honorary Professor of Public Health at Staffordshire University.

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  • Dr Andrew Bateman

    Dr Andrew Bateman

    Chartered Physiotherapist

    I have worked in research and clinical rehabilitation since 1990, the year I qualified as a Physiotherapist (East London).  I completed a PhD in Neuropsychology in 1997 (Birmingham). I have been leading the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Ely, UK) since 2002. I am especially interested in rehabilitation research – specifically  outcome research & assistive technology. In the field of neuropsychology I have specialised in areas of executive functioning, dyspraxia & visual perception.

    When I am not working, I enjoy rowing and playing bass trombone.

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  • Dr Gillian Bowden MBE

    Dr Gillian Bowden MBE

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    Gillian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of East Anglia.  Her interests are in primary and community mental health services and in developing and researching new approaches to service delivery which engage with people in the context of their communities. She is also interested in wellbeing at work and how people manage demanding aspects of work and which factors they find rewarding or protective against stress.  Gillian has worked in various mental health and learning disability services since 1984. She started work in South London and moved to Norfolk in 1998. Gillian was awarded an MBE for services to mental health in Norfolk in 2009.


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  • Fiona Carey

    Fiona Carey

    Fiona worked for thirty years in publishing and Higher Education, mostly at the Open University. A kidney cancer patient since 2001, she ditched work in 2012 after Whipple's surgery for pancreatic mets. She has iatrogenic T1 Diabetes as a result. She is a member of the Specialised Urology (Cancer) CRG, and works with NHS England (spoke on 7-day Services at the AGM, helping to plan NHS Citizen, chaired Wheelchair Services Summit with David Nicholson).

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  • Dr Melanie Iles

    Dr Melanie Iles

    Melanie is Medical Director, Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.  She is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in improving quality and transformational change. She was the Clinical Director for the maternity, newborn, children and young people Strategic Clinical Network before moving within NHS England to her current role. She has held national roles as Clinical Lead for children and young people's emergency and urgent with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and with the Royal College of Paediatrics and child health as part of their invited review team and as project executive for a quality improvement project. 

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  • Joanna Douglas

    Joanna Douglas

    Chief Executive, Allied Health Professionals Suffolk

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  • Professor Bill Irish

    Professor Bill Irish

    Postgraduate Dean - East of England and the University of Cambridge

    Bill trained in Cambridge and London, before training as a general practitioner in Bath and pursuing a parallel career in postgraduate medical education.

    Until recently he was Director of GP Education in Health Education South West, chair of COGPED and co-chair of the medical selection quality and standards group for the UK. He is the UK lead postgraduate dean for the specialities of acute medicine, infectious disease and pre hospital emergency medicine.  He is the HEE dean for integrated academic and clinical training for doctors and dentists in partnership with NIHR and the English medical schools.

    Bill holds visiting chairs of medical education at the universities of Bristol and East Anglia and has research interests in high-stakes assessment, medical trainee recruitment and selection.

    He was fortunate to be deployed as clinical lead for a large Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone during the recent pandemic.

    Outside of work Bill remains a very keen but ageing triathlete, and enjoys chasing around after his 3 (almost) grown up children.

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  • Dr Alistair Lipp

    Dr Alistair Lipp

    Medical Director, Midlands and East (East)

    Dr Alistair Lipp is Medical Director and Responsible Officer for the NHS England Midlands and East (East) regional team and also Head of School of Public Health for Health Education England across the East of England - responsible for the training programmes of specialty registrars in Public Health and also for the public health practitioner registration programme.


    Alistair’s previous roles include Deputy Regional Medical Director for  Midlands and East Region, Medical Director and Responsible Officer of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney PCT cluster and Director of Public Health for the PCTs covering Great Yarmouth and Waveney.  He has worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Pakistan and Afghanistan and acted as an Expert Adviser to Ministries of Health in Georgia, Armenia and Montenegro as well as supporting the WHO Healthy Cities Programme which addresses inequalities in health through local government initiatives.


    Alistair trained in General Practice and Public Health Medicine.

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  • Dr John Lockley

    Dr John Lockley

    John Lockley is a part-time GP in Ampthill, Bedfordshire; clinical lead for informatics at Bedfordshire CCG; a member of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMCs (and on their board); Vice-Chair of the SystmOne National User Group (SNUG); a member of the National Clinical Reference Panel for Choose and Book; on the re-design panel for the electronic Reference Service (eRS),  a member of the National Programme Board for eRS; a University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor; and a writer and broadcaster.

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  • John Martin

    John Martin

    John Martin is the acting Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Standards for the East of England Ambulance Service. He has been a practicing paramedic for 12 years and has been involved in the development of the profession at a national level.

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  • Dr Roy Miller

    Dr Roy Miller

    Consultant in Anaesthesia

    Roy is Associate Medical Director for Clinical Effectiveness and Innovation at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical work is in anaesthesia and pain management and as well as working at Colchester Hospital works with community based pain management services in Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.

    ‘I spent over four years with my family in Malawi working as a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management at a small orthopaedic mission hospital in Blantyre, returning to the UK in 2013 to resume my previous post at Colchester Hospital, an experience which has made me appreciate the many strengths of our healthcare system and perhaps given me some unique insights in to the challenges we face in today’s NHS.’

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  • Dr  Andy Morris

    Dr Andy Morris

    Chief Medical Officer

    Andy is the Chief Medical Officer at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Previous roles include the Associate Medical Director and a Group Director at Barts Health.  He has been a consultant since 1999, specialising in anaesthetics and intensive care. He has worked across East London and Essex for almost 30 years and has been involved in significant change programmes for clinical pathways, be that part of service development, reconfiguration or mergers. He is passionate about the delivery of high quality and safe services and the ever increasing need to do so in a difficult financial climate.  His philosophy is that this can only be achieved with strong clinical leadership and with engagement and collaborative working with non-clinical colleagues.

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  • Dr Dee Traue

    Dr Dee Traue

    I am a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at East & North Herts NHS Trust based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

    I have previously worked extensively in hospice and community palliative care.  I am involved nationally in the palliative and end of life care arena, as part of the Association for Palliative Medicine executive committee and previously the RCP Joint Specialty Committee for Palliative Medicine. I also have experience of the voluntary sector, working for the national charity Hospice UK as well as being medical director of a charitable hospice for five years.

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  • Dr Stephen Webb

    Dr Stephen Webb

    Stephen trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Northern Ireland and the East of England before being appointed in 2008 as Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at Papworth Hospital Cambridge, the largest adult cardiothoracic centre in the UK.

    His clinical, education and research interests lie in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, cardiothoracic intensive care and patient safety. At Papworth Hospital his roles include Lead Clinician for Clinical Governance and Staff Governor (Doctors) on the Council of Governors.

    Stephen is the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP) Clinical Leader in Quality Improvement responsible for Health Education East of England & Health Education East Midlands. I am also a Member of the National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) Accreditation Advisory Committee.

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  • Professor Asif Zia

    Professor Asif Zia

    Professor Asif Zia is a consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Forensic services with Hertfordshire NHS University Foundation Trust. He was the chair of the Managed Clinical Network for Learning Disability and Autism work stream for NHS England Midlands and East. His areas of interest include autism, epilepsy and improving health care for people with intellectual disability.

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