Honorary staff

HSMC values the contribution of a number of Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellows are awarded to individuals outside the centre, with relevant areas of expertise. They come from a variety of backgrounds for mutual collaboration and benefit with HSMC's academics and staff. 

Akeem Ali, Honorary Senior Lecturer

Akeem Ali is currently the Director of Public Health in Surrey and formerly in Herefordshire. Akeem has been delivering a range of teaching sessions around assessing needs and demands at HSMC and continues to contribute to a number of HSMC's commissioning development programmes.
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Jeffrey Braithwaite, Honorary Professor

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is Founding Director of the Australian Institute for Health Innovation and Director of the Centre for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Jeffrey is working with HSMC to develop a joint portfolio of research centred on health care culture and systems improvement, patient safety and health system reform. Further details about his work can be found at www.aihi.unsw.edu.au.
Contact via Russell Mannion, r.mannion@bham.ac.uk.

Sandra Buttigieg, Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Sandra Buttigieg is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Health Services Management, University of Malta. She lectures on the Master Degree Programs in Health Services Management, Public Health, and Family Medicine. Dr Buttigieg graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Malta in 1987, later obtaining a Masters in Public Health Medicine in 1997, and in 2002 graduated Masters in Business Administration (Executive) with distinction. In 2007, she obtained her PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology from Aston University in the United Kingdom. The title of her PhD Thesis is “Work Stressors, Strains and Hospital Unit Performance”.

Dr Buttigieg has been elected Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Aston University, UK. She is also a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar. She is listed by the Maltese Specialist Accreditation Committee on the Specialist Registers for Public Health and Family Medicine, in accordance with the provision of the Health Care Professions Act (2003) and Chapter 464 and of Council Directive 93/16/EEC. She also practised as a family physician since 1989. She served as Vice-President and later International Secretary of the Medical Association of Malta between 1989 until 1998.

Prior to 2000, Dr Buttigieg occupied the post of Medical Superintendent at St Vincent de Paule, a 1000 bed geriatric hospital in Malta. Dr Buttigieg is also a member of the Bioethics Consultative Committee, Malta. Dr Buttigieg’s research interests deal mainly with stressor-strain relationships, decision latitude and control, social support, transformational leadership, multi-professional teamwork, performance management, structural equation modelling, and multilevel modelling. She has also carried research on public health issues, namely childhood obesity, sociology and psychology as applied to medicine, and health promotion.

Dr Buttigieg has a growing number of international publications and her research interests in health care performance and organisational behaviour complement those of staff in HSMC. Her appointment as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow will help cement research and teaching relationships between HSMC and the University of Malta.
Contact via: Prof Russell Mannion, r.mannion@bham.ac.uk

Michael Dixon, Honorary Senior Fellow

Michael Dixon is Chair of the NHS Alliance and GP Principal, College Surgery, Cullompton, Devon.
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Simon Duffy, Director, Centre for Welfare Reform

Simon Duffy is the Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform which works to redesign the welfare state to increase social justice and support citizenship, family and community. Simon is also policy advisor to the Campaign for a Fair Society. Simon's work has included inventing Individual Budgets, Self-Directed Support and the Keys to Citizenship
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Chris Ham, Honorary Professor

Chris Ham has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham since 1992. From 2000 to 2004 he was seconded to the Department of Health, where he was Director of the Strategy Unit, working with ministers on NHS reform. Chris is the author of 20 books and numerous articles about health policy and management. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012. He took up his current post as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in April 2010.
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

John McDonough, Honorary Professor

John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA is a Professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the new Center for Public Health Leadership. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. His specialty is U.S. health policy and politics, federal and state and he teaches political strategy for public health professionals.
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Mark Newbold, Honorary Senior Fellow

Mark Newbold is the Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust who, after a successful early career as a clinician, medical academic and clinical leader, is now leading a large multi-site Foundation Trust to a position at the forefront of current thinking on the future of local hospital services. Mark is strongly associated with the ‘new leadership’ agenda and uses web-based communication and social media to promote open, authentic and engaging leadership in the NHS. He holds a number of additional roles including Chair of the Hospital Forum, NHS Confederation and Chair, Birmingham and Solihull Local Education and Training Council. Mark will be involved in teaching HSMC’s NHS management trainees/clinical fellows and help apply lessons from research to front-line practice.
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.  

David Nicholson, Honorary Senior Fellow

David Nicholson is the NHS Chief Executive, Department of Health. 
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Judith Smith, Honorary Senior Lecturer

Judith Smith is Head of Policy at the Nuffield Trust for Research and Policy Studies, in London.  She is an experienced health services researcher and policy analyst who has studied health organisation and management in the UK and internationally, most recently during a two-year research fellowship spent in New Zealand over the period 2007-2009.  Prior to moving to the Nuffield Trust in 2009, Judith was Senior Lecturer at HSMC.  Her research interests are: health purchasing and commissioning; the organisation and management of primary care; policy evaluation; health management and leadership; and international health policy. 
Contact via Jon Glasby, j.glasby@bham.ac.uk or Sharon Casey, s.casey@bham.ac.uk.

Sonya Wallbank, Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Dr Sonya Wallbank is the Director of Children and Families for CSH Surrey, she has a background as a Clinical Psychologist and has worked across a range of children's services both in the UK and USA. Since 2007, Sonya has been developing a model of restorative supervision which supports professionals to process the emotional and psychological impact of their work. It enhances their resilience to stressors and supports them to move away from anxious decision making to a more productive and energetic state. As well as leading the restorative programme nationally, Sonya has most recently worked with the Department of Health team supporting the Health Visitors call to action as well as with Worcester University developing care pathways for children's health, safeguarding and maternity services.
Contact via: Yvonne Sawbridge, y.sawbridge@bham.ac.uk.