Speaker Biographies

Dr Charles Thompson

Charlie is an anaesthetic trainee living and working in London. Alongside clinical work, he has a role as strategy and operations lead for VITA, an organisation seeking to advance the health response to Modern Slavery via training, advocacy, and research. He has been involved in a number of research projects in the area of Modern Slavery and health since 2015, with a particular interest in the interface between victims of trafficking and acute healthcare settings – in particular the training and equipping of healthcare workers in victim identification, support, and referral.

Professor Colin Melville

Professor Colin Melville’s work in medical education and leadership goes back to 1997, and has included roles such as Clinical Director, Medical Director and Director of Medical Education. Colin was also responsible for the local introduction of foundation training in 2005, the delivery of modernising medical careers and supporting and developing the final year curriculum for the first cohort of Hull York Medical School students in 2007.  In 2012 Colin took up a full time clinical academic post as Head of MBChB and then Head of Medical Education at Warwick Medical School and in 2015 was appointed as Head of the Medical School at Lancaster University. Colin took up his role as Director of Education and Standards in January 2017 at the GMC and has already made significant contributions to the work of the GMC; overseeing the launch of several key documents in support of postgraduate medical education and more recently in the review of Outcomes for Graduates. In June 2018, Colin was appointed Honorary Professor of Medical Education at the University of Manchester. 
David Mendel

David Mendel has been an Associate Dean working in professional support since 2009 and became Head of the Professional Development Team in 2019. He continues to work as a GP Principal, and Trainer of less than full time GP trainees. He was PEC Chair for Hounslow PCT from 2002-05 and Educational Lead for Harmoni GP OOH Service from 2005-09. He has an MA in Clinical Education and is interested in Medical Education & Communication Skills.

Professor Graeme Dewhurst

Graeme Dewhurst is Regional Postgraduate Dean for HEE South East England and Co-Chair of HEE Postgraduate Deans.

He has overall responsibility for the postgraduate education and training of over 3,500 doctors in Kent, Surrey & Sussex (from qualification through to appointment as consultants or GP principals) as well as wider regional responsibilities across Wessex and Thames Valley.  He is also the senior clinician supporting and guiding the multiprofessional workforce across the region.

He was the Senior Clinical Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of London from 2012-2016 and previously Head of HEE KSS School of Medicine (2007-15). He has been a consultant general physician with special responsibility for the elderly in Chichester for over 25 years.

He has a strong teaching and research interest in clinical teaching and learning.  He continues to provide hands-on clinical and seminar teaching.  He qualified from Cambridge University before postgraduate appointments in London, Newcastle and Southampton.


Jacqueline MacDonald-Davis JP  

Jacqueline MacDonald-Davis JP is a qualified teacher and a trained Careers Education and Guidance specialist and has worked in higher education as a lecturer, a consultant and as Head of Staff and Organisational Development at University College London, Institute of Education. Jacqueline is a trained mentor, coach and mediator as well as a Myers Briggs assessor.  She is the author of several articles and publications. A fervent advocate of internationalising resources, Jacqueline coordinated and oversaw the editing of the Differential Attainment Toolkit. As one of the few BAME Magistrates (JPs) in the UK, Jacqueline’s expertise across education, human resources, equality, diversity and inclusion, brings a unique and comprehensive contribution to her work with the Professional Support Unit. Her passion is in working alongside people as they begin to ‘see and engage’ with their potential and to galvanise this to support individual performance, individual success and to empower individuals to take the ‘next step’ in their personal and professional development; as well as to support trusts as they seek to develop trainee doctors. Jacqueline works on a voluntary basis for the Prince’s Trust, she is Deputy Bench Chair of the Central London Magistrates Court and a Trustee on the National Magistrate Association Board.

Dr Julia Whiteman

Dr Julia Whiteman is Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England across North West London. She is a General Practitioner by background with a longstanding interest in multiprofessional education and training and is particularly interested in systems and practice that ensure patient and practitioner safety.

Julia is experienced in supporting professional development in doctors and other health professionals from across all specialties and all career stages including interprofessional education and community development.  

She is Lead Dean for Health Education England and the Committee of Postgraduate Medical Education Deans for a range of areas including clinical radiology, occupational medicine, medical revalidation and professional performance. For HEE she is the Lead Dean for the Cancer Workforce Delivery Board and for Medical Revalidation.

Dr Laura Wood

Dr Laura Wood is a paediatrician with special interest in the health impacts of child and family modern slavery.  She is currently an ESRC PhD candidate with the Lancaster University Centre for Child and Family Justice Research.  Laura is the Research Director and Child & Family Modern Slavery Lead for VITA, a growing organisation committed to advancing the health response to modern slavery through education, research and advocacy. Laura is a core member of the NHSE/NHSI Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Network and holds advisory roles regarding national responses to modern slavery and health.

Michael Cotton

Michael has worked as the GMC’s Employer Liaison Adviser for the south-east since 2012 working closely with healthcare organisations across the region. He is based near Lewes in East Sussex. Before that he worked in a number of policy roles at the GMC, working on the development of fitness to practise and revalidation policy, including the post-Shipman FTP reforms and the implementation of revalidation.

Michael Wright

Michael is a partner in the Health Employment team, specialising in work for healthcare and public sector organisations.

Michael is an expert in all areas of employment law and has particular experience of complex issues concerning doctors in training and the medical workforce.

Michael has represented Medical Deaneries and Health Education England for over 15 years.  He regularly advises on doctors in difficulty, recruitment and appeals under the Gold Guide.  He has successfully represented Health Education England in numerous employment tribunal claims and applications for judicial review.

Michael has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law and Industrial Relations and undertakes a full range of employment law advice and representation, including advocacy in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. 

Michael is also a prominent member of the firm's on-going training and continuing development activities for clients.

Oluseyi Adesalu

Oluseyi Adesalu completed academic foundation training in 2019 and is now working as a Medical Education Fellow at Health Education England, where she is undertaking research within the London and KSS Professional Support Unit. Her research interests lie in exploring the role of organisational factors in understanding and addressing differential attainment.

Oluseyi completed her Masters in Medical Education at Newcastle University in 2016, during which she conducted research into professional identity formation in Black medical students. Since then, she has had a keen interest in medical education research. As part of her fellowship with HEE, Oluseyi is working as an Honorary Research Assistant for the Research Department of Medical Education at UCL.

Dr Paul Reynolds

Dr Paul Reynolds is a Consultant Physician for the Elderly and was appointed to work in Tunbridge Wells in 1993, aged 32. He dually accredited in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in 1993 and continues to be involved with the Acute Medical On-Call rota and Stroke Thrombolysis rota.

He trained at Guy's Hospital qualifying in 1985 and was awarded his Full Blue for Rugby for Guy’s Hospital in 1982. After qualifying he did his House Officer jobs at Pembury Hospital and then Guy's Hospital, before undertaking his post-graduate medical training in Wessex, getting his MRCP in 1988. He worked as a Senior Registrar in Southampton and Bournemouth in Geriatric Medicine and Cardiology. Following his appointment to Tunbridge Wells in 1993, he became Clinical Director of Medicine for Tunbridge Wells in 1997, before being appointed Associate Medical Director for Medicine and Emergency Medicine for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells when the two Trusts merged in 2000. He continued in this role until 2007.

In 2007 after 10 years of Medical Management, he chose to change his career path and formerly moved into Medical Education, with him becoming RCP College Tutor for Tunbridge Wells, then Clinical Tutor and STFS FTPD in 2010. Since then he has been the Foundation year One TPD and has helped his Trust to run and re-organise their Foundation Programmes to achieve the challenges of the Broadening of the Foundation Programme.

In 2019 Paul joined the senior team at South Thames foundation School as Assistant Director to the Director and Head Of Foundation School.

Dr Stella Barnes

Stella Barnes is the Director of Medical Education at Hillingdon Hospital where she runs faculty development programmes for trainers. She has been a Foundation Training Programme Director, College Tutor and educational supervisor.

She is a consultant in geriatric and general medicine.

Stuart Morris

Stuart has been working for the NHS since 2008 where he started his career in the administration of mental health research projects across the South East of the UK. 
He moved into Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education in 2013 where he has worked across both Specialty and Foundation training.

In 2017, when HEE undertook their spending review, Stuart was appointed to the role of Operations Manager where he took on the responsibility for the three London and KSS Foundation Schools as well as being the regional liaison to the Defence Postgraduate Medical Deanery.

Stuart has a strong interest in Equality and Diversity so sits on the Advancing Health Education Englands Equality and Diversity (AHEAD) board and In his spare time he volunteers with St John Ambulance.

Dr Tony Choules

Tony Choules is a Foundation School Director and Associate Dean from the West Midlands.  He has a longstanding interest in medical education and holds a Postgraduate Diploma from Stafford University.  He is chair of the AoMRC Foundation Programme Committee and is currently leading on the latest rewrite of the Foundation Programme Curriculum.  Over the last two years he has been an advisor to the HEE MERP workstream on Foundation.

When not working directly in education he is a paediatrician at the newly merged University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT.