HSMC academic staff

Dr Kerry Allen

Dr Kerry Allen

Senior Lecturer

Health Services Management Centre

Dr Kerry Allen is a senior lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. With a disciplinary background in medical sociology, she is interested in applied research that improves health and care services, especially for people with complex needs or long term conditions. 

Her core research areas are: 

  • long-term conditions, self-management and ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 7970896288
Email
k.allen@bham.ac.uk

Dr Justin Avery Aunger

Dr Justin Avery Aunger

Research Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Justin is a Research Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre. He is an early career researcher working on a realist evaluation of partnering as a strategy for improvement in NHS providers with Dr. Ross Millar and other researchers and stakeholders. He recently completed his PhD at the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, which ...

Email
j.aunger@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 leadership, ethics and healthcare related fields as a practitioner, manager and academic for the past 20 years. His NHS senior management experience included a systems wide research and improvement programme to address the ethical aspects of leading change to services.

Prior to this he was an executive within a global aerospace organisation, heading up a multidisciplinary ...

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

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Deborah is Director of Evaluation and a Senior Fellow in Organisational Development and Leadership at the Health Services Management Centre.

Her main research interests are concerned with the improvement of both the quality and capacity of public services to realise citizen and service user outcomes including for black and ethnic minority communities. Focussing on research, ...

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

Jacqueline Fitzgerald

Jacqueline Fitzgerald

Senior Fellow
Deputy Director Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme

Health Services Management Centre

Jackie has extensive experience in the design and delivery of a range of national and international leadership and management programmes individual and teams working in health and social care. These have involved traditional, work-based, distant and blended learning approaches.

Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2019, Jackie held a number of academic roles including joint NHS ...

Telephone
+44(0)7790941586
Email
j.fitzgerald@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicola Gale

Dr Nicola Gale

Reader in Health Sociology and Policy
College Director of Postgraduate Research

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

Steve Gulati

Steve Gulati

Senior Fellow
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme Director

Health Services Management Centre

Steve joined HSMC in September 2019 as a Senior Fellow, having been an Associate since 2010. Prior to joining HSMC, Steve worked in the NHS, ran a consultancy, and started his academic career part-time in 2008, combining work in the NHS and private sector with teaching, lecturing, and service evaluation.

Telephone
07970 460843
Email
s.gulati@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sophie King-Hill

Dr Sophie King-Hill

Senior Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Sophie is a Senior Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester. Alongside this she was a regional tutor for the MEd in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties with the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.

Email
s.kinghill@bham.ac.uk

Frederick Hassan Konteh

Frederick Hassan Konteh

Research Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Fred Konteh is a Research Fellow at HSMC, working with Professor Russell Mannion on a Health Foundation funded study exploring the drivers of efficiency and quality in Mental Health Trusts in England.

Fred completed his PhD at the School of Geography, University of Manchester and was recently lecturer in Population Studies at the University of Sierra Leone. Fred’s background ...

Email
f.h.konteh@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 Gemma McKenna

Dr Gemma McKenna

Fellow

Health Services Management Centre

Gemma is part of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) team teaching on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Graduate Programme (EGA). EGA focuses on delivering excellence in Leadership throughout the NHS through the critical components of patient centred care, diversity, equality and inclusion, and sustainable development of services and processes. Gemma’s role also encompasses research ...

Telephone
+44(0) 7966446966
Email
g.r.mckenna@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ross Millar

Dr Ross Millar

Senior Lecturer

Health Services Management Centre

Ross is a Senior Lecturer with interests in the organisation and governance of healthcare. His research analyses the experiences and dynamics of quality and safety, partnerships and collaboration, and hybrid organisational forms.

Ross is a Programme Director for the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship. He also teaches across a range of HSMC programmes in relation to quality and safety, ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8980
Email
r.millar@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 based at the Health Services Management Centre, developing research around social care and new approaches to public service workforce development.

Catherine’s areas of special interest include:

  • Personalisation and coproduction within public services
  • Social care reform
  • Workforce change in public services
  • Inte ...

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

Dr Karen Newbigging

Dr Karen Newbigging

Reader 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 fifteen years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad range ...

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)121 416 6030
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 and a member of the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre. Kelly has over seven 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, ...

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

Health Services Management Centre

Judith Smith is Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Health Services Management Centre, having taken up this role in 2015. She is also Director of the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre funded by the National Institute of Health Research for five years (2018-2023) and involving the University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, RAND Europe, and National Voices. 

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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

Professor Justin Waring

Professor of Medical Sociology & Healthcare Organisation

Health Services Management Centre

Justin Waring is Professor of Medical Sociology and Healthcare Organisation at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. His research deals with the changing organisation and management of healthcare systems, and public services more broadly.

His primary interest is to understand how new organisational forms and processes interact with institutionalised professional ...

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

Catherine Weir

Catherine Weir

Senior Lecturer and Associate

Health Services Management Centre

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer supporting health and care leaders undertaking the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSc Programme. She has a background in NHS leadership both in primary care delivery and in acute and primary care commissioning and she is an experienced facilitator with Third Sector Boards and action learning sets. 

Catherine also runs her own consultancy company, Alpha ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 7983 135662
Email
c.s.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 HSMC Director of Research. He is involved in a range of research, teaching and knowledge transfer work and has a broad methodological experience and expertise. He specialises in social science approaches to Health Services Research, employing mixed methods study designs. He has specific expertise in: priority setting, decision making and ...

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