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: Deborah Davidson 

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.

Brian Cox

cox-brianx110Brian is a consultant in health and social care specialising particularly in whole system reviews aimed at shaping demand and aligning objectives, strategy and delivery. He has a strong background in education, development and workforce strategy with a particular emphasis on system leadership, the leadership of networks and health and social care integration for the benefit of users and patients. As a consultant he has worked as the workforce lead for the Putting People First Programme, was the Director of Leadership at the National Skills Academy for Social Care and has led reviews of commissioning in health and social care.

Brian has over 35 years of experience in research, local government, health services and development. Originally studying as community worker in Birmingham, he has practiced as a social worker, lecturer, researcher and senior manager. He led a national research project on inequality and ethnic minority take up of care services, managed a community development unit in Nottingham and delivered social regeneration and anti-poverty schemes in Birmingham. He was Assistant Director in Nottingham City Social Services for 9 years and a Regional Director for the NHS University. Brian currently works as a part-time Senior Lecturer on NHS leadership programmes.  

Brian is particularly interest in support the development of effective integration of services, supporting users, carers and patients to exert more control over the service they use and developing system leadership that is based in practice with partners and the experience of live challenges.

Tessa Crilly

Tessa CrillyTessa Crilly is a health economist with 10 years experience in senior health planning and management in the NHS, specialising in service review, population needs assessment, resource allocation, cost benefit evaluations and workforce planning. She became an independent consultant in 1993, and has worked with a wide client base on over 200 projects in the UK, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has a particular interest in applying evidence-based approaches to practical problems, mixing quantitative analysis with qualitative research methods. Tessa graduated from the London School of Economics where she also obtained a PhD in the field of economics and health policy.

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.

Jeanne Hardacre

Jeanne Hardacre, HSMC Associate

Jeanne is Founder and Director of Impact4, a specialist consultancy based in Sheffield. Impact4’s work is mainly inside and across organisations. We work with teams, staff and leaders at all levels in their real work contexts, to co-create a culture of supportive challenge, in what are increasingly pressurised jobs and circumstances. In the very demanding context of health and social care, the work of Impact4 focuses on how sustainable improvement and change can be achieved through enhancing the relationships, dynamics and interactions between people, and the way they work in partnership for a shared purpose.

 Jeanne’s work is strongly evidence-based, and is at the forefront of translating the most recent findings from the literature into meaningful, impactful development work. Jeanne has an MSc by research from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from Warwick Medical School, for which she researched links between leadership behaviours and service improvement in the NHS. She is a qualified MBTI practitioner, is MCIPD qualified and is an accredited and highly experienced Oshry Power & Systems facilitator. Jeanne is also an Associate with Affina OD, formerly known as AstonOD. 

Melanie Henwood

melanie-henwood-100x110Dr Melanie Henwood OBE is an independent health and social care consultant. Previously Melanie has held Visiting Fellowships at the London School of Economics, the University of Leeds, and the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has more than 35 years experience in research and analysis, focusing particularly on: partnerships and boundaries in health and social care; personalisation in adult social care; the impact of changing eligibility criteria thresholds; and the situation of people who are self-funding. She has particular and long-standing interests in hospital discharge and continuing health care. She is a frequent commentator on health and social care issues in the professional press and in broadcast media.

Before establishing her own consultancy in 1991, Melanie held research posts at the King’s Fund (1989-91), the Family Policy Studies Centre (1983-89), and the University of Bath (1981-83). 

Since 2015 Melanie has been a member of the Standing Commission on Carers, she was a lay member and Vice Chair of the General Social Care Council from 2002-2010, and Chair of the Advisory Board on Social Care to the MS Society from 2009-2011.  Melanie has also been an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee on several inquiries. Melanie was awarded the OBE for Services to Social Care in 2009.

Yvonne Sawbridge

yvonne-sawbridge-230x230(2)Yvonne Sawbridge worked at HSMC from 2011- 2018 following a varied career in the NHS. A Registered General Nurse & Health Visitor by profession, Yvonne worked operationally and strategically in many organisations across the health system and worked as both a provider and commissioner.

At HSMC she designed and delivered a number of leadership programmes- and was the programme director for the regional leadership programme commissioned by HE West Midlands; co-designed two modules for the NHS Leadership Academy’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme; and was a cohort director for 5 Bevan cohorts. She also co-delivers the national 21st Century Public Servant Leadership Programme for Aspiring Directors commissioned by Public Health England.

She was a founding member of The 'Q' Initiative, a Health Foundation and NHSE sponsored idea to develop a connected community working together to improve health care quality across the UK.

Her ongoing interest is in Emotional Labour as a less well understand contributory factor to the delivery of poor patient care. Her TEDx talk describes this concept.  With a colleague she developed an Improvement Lab called “Yellow Hats are not just for Builders” which helps teams develop their own approach to supporting staff with their emotional labour. She continues this work as an Associate.

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.

Catherine Weir

Catherine Weir, HSMC Associate staffCatherine has worked in and around health and social care for 25 years.  Having completed a Masters in Medical Demography she moved into research in the care of older people in London and from there into working with the voluntary sector in West London. Since then she has held various senior strategic and service delivery positions in the NHS including PCG Chief Executive and PCT Director of Services. She has acute and primary care commissioning experience and has led the re-design and re-commissioning of a range of services in London and elsewhere. She has a Masters in Health Management combined with a commitment to community health initiatives. She has  bid for and implemented   a number of local, community based primary care led initiatives, a common theme being a focus on collaboration, engagement and addressing inequality. She is an experienced facilitator and Director of a small consultancy, Alpha and Omega Management Consultants Ltd. She is currently providing support to a local Hospice, a national charity and is a Tutor on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme.