Associate staff

HSMC maintains a team of associate staff whom we draw on from time to time, either because of specific skills and expertise, or because of capacity needs. Associate staff bring with them a range of skills and experiences in health and social care which are valuable in ensuring our desire to be both relevant as well as rigorous. HSMC offers associates interesting areas of work in teaching, consultancy and research and whole-day development sessions throughout the year.

Our Associate staff can all be contacted via: Robin Miller, or Sharon Casey

Steve Appleton

Steve Appleton, Associate staff HSMCSteve is Managing Director of Contact Consulting. He has over 25 years' experience of working in health and social care, as a practitioner and senior manager in both local authorities and the NHS and as a consultant. His work spans health, housing and social care, with a particular focus on mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and offender health.

Steve brings detailed knowledge of practice, central government policy and legislation, regional and local planning and delivery, combined with a strategic approach to service evaluation, problem solving and project management. He has contributed to and led work at national level and has been at the forefront of work to improve mental health commissioning and to develop housing and support solutions.

Eugenia Cronin

Eugenia CroninEugenia is a consultant in public health who spends her time delivering independent technical public health expertise and organisational development and leadership support to organisations within health and social care systems in the UK and in Australia. Recent projects include population needs assessment and service evaluations for public health commissioners in London, facilitation of learning sets for public health teams in transition in the South West of England, and health care planning training for Medicare local staff in Western Australia. Alongside her independent work, she is senior scientific advisor to the Health Services and Delivery Research programme of NIHR, a role she has held since 2010. She holds visiting academic appointments in the UK and in Australia, and enjoys teaching on a number of academic public health programmes.

Up until 2009 Eugenia worked in public health in London and most recently held the post of director of public health in Haringey. She is particularly interested in determinants of health and comparative healthcare systems. Her PhD explored the impact of different health care systems on primary care for depression. She is also Regional Continuing Professional Development Advisor for the Faculty of Public Health, and honorary secretary of the Climate and Health Council.

Susan Fairlie

Susan Fairlie, Associate staff HSMCSusan is a former Director of Nursing, specialising in Quality Improvement and Organisation Development. She has extensive experience of the NHS and has held several national leadership positions.

She is Visiting Professor at Worcester University and holds an MSc in Organisational Consulting from Ashridge. She is an Executive Coach, an NLP Practitioner, an accredited Leadership Framework Facilitator and licensed to use both the Strengths Deployment Inventory and Emotions and Behaviours at Work Facilitation. She is particularly interested in organisational relationships and believes that organisations flourish when they pay attention to these; supporting both individuals and teams to do this and, where necessary, helps them have courageous conversations.

She is an experienced facilitator and is particularly skilled in applying innovation, co-design, service improvement and transformation techniques. She has designed and delivered a number of clinical leadership development programmes and co-designed large-scale change programmes with a focus on improving patient safety, experience and effectiveness.

Sarah Faulkner

Sarah Faulkner, Associate staff HSMCSarah is a successful and highly experienced leader in health and social care consultancy and interim leadership. Her passion is connecting strategy and performance: enabling leaders, teams and individuals to work collaboratively and deliver high quality outcomes. She has a track record of delivering complex strategic programmes, specialising in strategy and organisational development, workforce planning and management, organisational change and capability building with a commercial project management approach. She is an integral part of the delivery team for the Nye Bevan Leadership Programme.

Sarah began her career as an NHS Graduate Management Trainee and has worked extensively in the public and private sectors. She holds a Diploma in Health Services Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. As well as working with HSMC she is also Honorary Fellow at Manchester Business School.

Eileen Kibbler

Eileen Kibbler, HSMC Associate staffEileen has over 30 years experience of working in the health service, starting her career as a nurse and undertaking successful leadership roles within acute, community, Department of Health , primary care, and public health settings. This has provided her with a strong expertise in both developing strategy and service delivery.

At a time of radical changes in the health service, Eileen has been an inspirational leader in overseeing the reconfiguration of major services, reshaping workforce capacity whilst supporting effective delivery for new service models of care.

Eileen has a successful track record of strategic commissioning that has resulted in major service improvements. She is passionate about addressing health inequalities and improving health, working in collaboration with stakeholders including diverse communities and developing a range of innovative services that have had a positive legacy.

She particularly enjoys nurturing talent, supporting and motivating people at all levels , undertaking executive coaching and mentoring people from all backgrounds.

Vega Roberts

Vega Roberts, Associate staff HSMCVega works as an organisation consultant, coach and project supervisor, primarily in mental health and social care services. Her special interests are developing leadership at all levels of an organisation, and supporting more effective inter-group and inter-agency collaboration, through enabling people to challenge the self-limiting assumptions that can get in the way of learning and innovation.


Carol Ward

Carol Ward, HSMC Associate staffCarol is a highly qualified Organisational Development Consultant and Healthcare Professional (former Nursing Director), with over 30 years experience. Her achievements include leading major organisational change and development programmes on behalf of Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and the Community and Voluntary Sectors. She is an experienced multi method facilitator, qualified executive coach and MBTI practitioner. She also has multiple experiences of communication with, and engaging, different stakeholder interest groups and individuals at all levels. Carol is a freelance consultant, alongside working part time as a Senior Lecturer/ Cohort Director on the NHS Leadership Academy, Elizabeth Garret Anderson programme.

Belinda Weir

belinda-weirBelinda Weir is a leadership and organisational development consultant in health and social care and Director of Centaura Consulting. She has over thirty years' experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors as a director, leadership programme coordinator, management consultant, and academic with a particular interest and expertise in systems leadership and developing leadership in integrated care.

Belinda works part-time as a Leadership Development Associate with The King's Fund- the leading health policy think-tank; she is a Visiting Fellow in Leadership at University Campus Suffolk, a part time senior lecturer in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, where she teaches on the Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Nye Bevan programmes, and an Associate with the National Skills Academy for Social Care. Belinda was Chief Executive of a mental health services provider for 8 years, and was deputy chair of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust during her 7-year term of office. She has worked with hundreds of public sector leaders to develop integrated approaches to care delivery as well as directing large scale leadership programmes for board level and senior leaders in public, private and voluntary sectors.  Belinda is a qualified MBTI practitioner, and accredited in Oshry Power + Systems, Firo-B and Prince 2.


Simon Western

Simon Western, HSMC AssociateSimon Western has an international reputation as a scholar and practitioner. He brings an unusual depth and breadth of experience to the world of leadership and organisational change. Simon is known for his work on Eco-leadership, and Autonomist leadership, where he applies learning from social movements and diverse organisational structures, to re-think leadership in large organisations in today's network society.

Simon established Lancaster University's executive coaching provision, designing and delivering postgraduate coaching programmes and in-house company programmes. He now works with CEOs and senior teams to offer leadership coaching and deliver whole-system interventions in global organisations.

Simon's recent clients include: Leaders in Global OD team, international bank, IMD and London Business School, NHS Chief Executives UK, CEO of Chemistry SME. Ireland, Leaders in the educational sector.

Utilising his well-researched Analytic Network Coaching Systems© he has developed this advanced coaching methodology that he now offers internationally as an advanced training for experienced coaches and as in-house leadership development for leaders.