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.

Jane Keep

Jane Keep, Associate staff HSMCOrganisational and Team Development professional with an extensive background working across Organisational Change, Leadership, Management and Personal Development, Coaching, Team Development and Employee Engagement across the Healthcare and wider public sector and voluntary sector for over 34 years.

Jane has specialist expertise in: Developing self-care at work, and health and wellbeing programmes (as part of workplace health and wellbeing and resilience at work, based on 6 year PhD study); Board, leadership and management development behaviours at work: designing and implementation of culture and values-based programmes; dealing with deep rooted behavioural issues at work; Teams:  Team resilience and wellbeing, enabling sustainable team working relationships for effective and focused task delivery, dealing with team conflict, in addition to team coaching.

Currently freelance, and also works part time in an NHS hospital as the Staff Engagement Manager, and part time as a Senior Lecturer at HSMC, University of Birmingham.

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.