The Team

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Meet The Team

The Health Education England West Midlands office is based in Birmingham. The Team is led by the Postgraduate Dean and the Local Directors


Professor Russell Smith – Postgraduate Dean

Professor Russell Smith – Postgraduate Dean

Professor Russell Smith – Postgraduate Dean

Biography pending

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Tom Kirkbride – Local Director West Midlands

Tom Kirkbride – Local Director West Midlands

Biography pending

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Jenny Hannington – Head of Quality and Commissioning

Jenny Hannington – Head of Quality and Commissioning

Biography pending

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Christine Sykes – Deputy Head of Quality and Commissioning

Christine Sykes – Deputy Head of Quality and Commissioning

Christine has been in the NHS since 1982 and has many years of clinical experience as a Registered General Nurse, District Nurse and Community Practice Teacher. She also held a post as Associate Lecturer at one of our local HEIs. She joined Health Education England (formerly the Strategic Health Authority) in 2008 as a Practice Education Facilitator and has published a number of articles relating to healthcare education and quality. She has since worked in workforce planning, workforce development and workforce transformation, although quality has been an embedded theme throughout her time with HEE. Christine was project lead for the very popular CLiP project and was key to the implementation of the Supply Improvement Programme in East of England. She is currently Deputy Head of Quality and Commissioning across Midlands and East.

The Local Team

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Leanne Clews – Senior Quality Lead

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Raj Sunner – Quality Manager

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Andrew Tranter – Quality Lead

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Manjit Mann –​ Quality Manager

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Maxine Kwofie – Quality Lead

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Jason Mistry – Quality Manager


Team details
  • Jenny Hannington – Head of Quality and Commissioning
  • Christine Sykes – Deputy Head of Quality and Commissioning
  • Leanne Clews – Senior Quality Lead
  • Andrew Tranter – Quality Lead
  • Maxine Kwofie – Quality Lead
  • Raj Sunner – Quality Manager
  • Jason Mistry – Quality Manager
  • Manjit Mann – Quality Manager
  • Lee Wright – Quality Support Assistant
  • To contact the team please use QAMedical.WM@hee.nhs.uk