HSMC academic staff

Dr Kerry Allen

Dr Kerry Allen

Lecturer
Departmental director of postgraduate research and international lead

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Kerry Allen is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. With a disciplinary background in medical sociology and international experience of programme evaluation, she is interested in applied research that improves health and care services. 

Her core research areas relate to older people’s experiences of illness and care, including:

  • long-term ...

Telephone
+44(0) 121 414 7056
Email
k.allen@bham.ac.uk

Hilary Brown

Hilary Brown

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Hilary is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, having joined the Department in 2008. Her professional background spans senior management positions within the NHS and journalism within the private sector. 

An experienced qualitative researcher, her relevant areas of interest and expertise include: Cancer policy and services; the introduction of Genomic Medicine into ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7055
Email
h.i.brown@bham.ac.uk

Mervyn Conroy

Mervyn Conroy

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Merv has worked in the health and social care sector as a clinician, manager and academic. He is a qualified NHS counsellor/ psychotherapist and later worked in mental health services management and research. Prior to this in 1999 he was an executive within a global aerospace organisation, heading up a multidisciplinary team responsible for safety critical systems process improvements and working ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8979
Email
m.conroy@bham.ac.uk

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Deborah’s is a Senior Fellow, Organisational Development (OD) and Leadership at the Health Services Management Centre.  Specialising in OD and developmental evaluations in the public sector, Deborah is involved in working alongside a culturally diverse range of individuals, groups, teams, and inter-agency systems to realise citizen and service user outcomes. Deborah leads HSMC’s ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3206
Email
d.c.davidson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jo Ellins

Dr Jo Ellins

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Jo Ellins is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre and Deputy Director of the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre. She has over 15 years’ experience of leading applied health services research and evaluation for organisations across the public and charitable sectors. Jo’s main interests are around patients’ experiences and person-centred care, alongside which she ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8981
Email
j.l.ellins@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicola Gale

Dr Nicola Gale

Director of Doctoral Research
Senior Lecturer in Health Sociology

Health Services Management Centre

Nicola Gale, MA, PhD, is a health sociologist, with a track record in both single-discipline sociological research and interdisciplinary health research where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care.

Dr Gale is committed to theoretically-informed empirical ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9089
Email
n.gale@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Ince

Dr Rebecca Ince

Research Fellow

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

Becky joined HSMC and TSRC in February 2017 as a Research Fellow working on a project investigating the contribution of voluntary sector organisations to mental health crisis care in England. This is a co-produced project working with co-researchers who are experts by lived experience, and in partnership with Suresearch, a service user research organisation. She has held previous research ...

Telephone
0121 414 3673 (Park House) /0121 414 8975 (Muirhead Tower)
Email
r.n.ince@bham.ac.uk

Dr Aisha Malik

Dr Aisha Malik

Research Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Aisha Malik is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre. In addition to teaching and facilitating medical ethics/bioethics she has an interest in empirical ethics. Informed by her medical background, Aisha’s previous research, funded by Wellcome Trust, explored research ethics in the context of a developing country.

After the completion of 'Phronesis and the Medical ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8982
Email
a.y.malik@bham.ac.uk

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor of Health Systems

Health Services Management Centre

Russell has held the Chair in Health Systems at the University of Birmingham since 2010.  He is an Honorary Professor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney and a Fellow of Bocconi University, Milan. He was previously Director of the Centre for Health Services Management at the University of York (2005-2009) and served as a Board Director of the York ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3404
Email
r.mannion@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ross Millar

Dr Ross Millar

Senior Lecturer
Director of Learning and Teaching

Health Services Management Centre

Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management. His research interests look to analyse how health and social care practitioners make sense of the continuities and change associated with reform. During his time at HSMC, Ross has been involved in a variety of research projects that include comparative case studies of health system reform, the promotion of social enterprise in health and ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8980
Email
r.millar@bham.ac.uk

Dr Robin Miller

Dr Robin Miller

Deputy Director

Health Services Management Centre

Robin is Deputy Director of the Health Services Management Centre. He leads on a variety of applied research projects within health and care, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Current projects include local evaluations of new models of care programme, the national longer-term evaluation of the Integrated Care Pioneers, and the evaluation of the Building ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8018
Email
r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk

Annette Neath

Annette Neath

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Annette is a Senior Fellow at HSMC and University of Birmingham Director of The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, MSc Healthcare Leadership.  Annette joined HSMC in 2014 after 12 years with the NHS and two years as an independent consultant.  Annette is an occupational psychologist and her expertise is in leadership development, OD, executive coaching, organisational change and NHS ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3174
Email
a.p.neath@bham.ac.uk

Professor Catherine Needham

Professor Catherine Needham

Professor of Public Policy and Public Management

Health Services Management Centre

Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management. She is part based at the Health Services Management Centre, developing research around social care and policy innovation. She is also part-based in the University’s Public Services Academy, researching new approaches to public service workforce development.

Catherine’s areas of special interest include:

  • Personal ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3011 (Park House)
Email
c.needham.1@bham.ac.uk

Karen Newbigging

Karen Newbigging

Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management

Karen joined HSMC as a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management in November 2013. Originally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Karen has over thirty years’ experience in the health and social care sector, including direct service provision and commissioning. For the past ten years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad range of ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3067
Email
k.v.newbigging@bham.ac.uk

Professor Martin Powell

Professor Martin Powell

Professor of Health and Social Policy

Health Services Management Centre

Martin joined HSMC in February 2007. Martin specialises in: Health policy, especially New Labour; choice and consumerism; decentralization; partnership and history of health care before the NHS and social policy, especially historical and geographical dimensions, citizenship, equity, theories of welfare state development.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 4462
Email
m.powell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Dr Manbinder Sidhu

BRACE Research Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Manbinder Sidhu is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) working within the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre.   

Manbinder completed his bachelor’s degree (BA Sociology) at the University of Birmingham (UoB) and immediately went on to complete his PhD at the Institute of Applied Health Research (UoB) funded by the National Institute of Health ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 9089
Email
m.s.sidhu@bham.ac.uk

Kelly Singh

Kelly Singh

Evaluation Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Kelly is an Evaluation Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre. Kelly has five years’ experience of managing applied health services research and evaluation across the charitable and public sectors. Kelly has considerable knowledge of healthcare systems and her main interests are around person-centred care, cancer services, management of long-term conditions, primary care and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3205
Email
k.e.singh@bham.ac.uk

Professor Judith Smith

Professor Judith Smith

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre

Health Services Management Centre

Judith is a highly experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015.  This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable health research ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7068
Email
j.a.smith.20@bham.ac.uk

Iain Snelling

Iain Snelling

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Iain specialises in teaching, consultancy and research around management and leadership development in the NHS; service evaluation and improvement; clinical engagement in management and regulation of health care. From 2011 – 2013 he was co-Director of the educational element of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and the NHS Clinical Leadership Fellows programme. He ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 3212
Email
i.n.snelling@bham.ac.uk

Belinda Weir

Belinda Weir

Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership

Belinda joined HSMC as a senior lecturer in 2014 and became a senior fellow in 2015 and Director of Leadership in 2016. She has a particular interest in systems leadership and evaluating systems leadership models. Her current work includes developing leadership programmes in collaboration with partners across the university and the Midlands to meet the needs of leaders throughout the UK and ...

Email
b.weir@bham.ac.uk

Dr Iestyn Williams

Dr Iestyn Williams

Reader in Health Policy and Management
Director of Research

Health Services Management Centre

Iestyn is a Reader in Health Policy and Management and Director of Research, having joined HSMC from the Department of Health Economics in 2004. He is involved in a range of research, teaching and knowledge transfer work and has a broad methodogical experience and expertise. Recent and current projects include a national study of health care decommissioning and an investigation (with Warwick ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 7063
Email
i.p.williams@bham.ac.uk