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Leadership team

Professor Una Macleod
Dean

Una Macleod is a national leader in the area of cancer and early diagnosis research. Her interests in cancer research and primary care and her passion for reducing health inequalities has led her to receive grants from Cancer Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Department of Health Policy Research Unit programme, as well as contributing to policy development. She trained in Medicine in Glasgow and then worked as Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Care and as a GP Principal in the city before joining Hull York Medical School in 2010 as Professor of Primary Care Medicine. She became Dean of Hull York Medical School in 2017 and continued to practise medicine as a GP in Hull.

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Professor Martin Veysey
MB BS Programme Director

Martin Veysey has extensive international experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and as MB BS Programme Director is committed to ensuring that Hull York Medical School delivers exceptional medical education. Martin’s research interests include medical education, molecular nutrition, colorectal cancer and luminal gastrointestinal disease. He completed his undergraduate training at the UMDS, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London. Following his FY, Core and Specialist Training as a General Physician and Gastroenterologist, he migrated to Australia in 2003. He joined Hull York Medical School in 2017 as MB BS Programme Director. He is an Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at York Teaching Hospital NHS foundation Trust and Associate Non-Executive Director at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

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Alison Pettigrew
Head of Quality and Standards

Alison Pettigrew combines a wealth of experience in Higher Education and the NHS to ensure Hull York Medical School continues to produce a different kind of graduate – equipped with the medical knowledge and professional standards needed to deliver brilliant healthcare. Alison joined the school in 2010 as the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Alison has held a number of positions across the school, including Associate Dean for Quality, and Academic Lead for Postgraduate Taught Programmes. She took up a newly created post of Head of Quality and Standards in January 2014 with an ambitious programme for change across the School.

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John Busby
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, John works with Hull York Medical School’s Dean, Management Board and governing body to develop, refine and execute the school’s strategies and plans. He has overall responsibility for the operational leadership of the school and supports the Dean with strategic partnerships and liaison with the Universities of Hull and York, NHS partners and others. He also works closely with the Universities, Health Education England and the school’s NHS partners on funding and forward plans and provides leadership for strategic projects and change programmes. John joined the school in 2014 from the University of York, where he was Deputy Director of Corporate Planning and has experience in IT, Construction and Higher Education sectors.

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Nadine Smith
Head of Operations and Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Nadine Smith has responsibility for the operational leadership of the school, overseeing its infrastructure and related teams (including IT, specialist facilities and estate, research support, finance, student recruitment and widening participation, and executive support functions) - ensuring that the school is as efficient, effective and resilient as it can be. She has a key role in supporting business development and co-ordinating School planning and budgeting. Nadine joined the school in 2006 and has worked in various finance and management accounting roles during that time, latterly being the finance lead for the school since 2013, before becoming Head of Operations and Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2017.

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Professor Ian Watt
Associate Dean (International)

Ian Watt is Professor of Primary and Community Care at the University of York and Associate Dean International at Hull York Medical School. A commitment and belief in patient centred care and equality in healthcare provision underpin his work and it is these values, which we instil in our students at Hull York Medical School. His research interests are in communication and health care, patient safety, effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions and this research has attracted interest and funding both in the UK and internationally. Ian trained in medicine at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. Following qualification, he specialised in general practice and public health, and has worked in a number of different settings both in the UK and abroad. In addition to his university posts, he is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health England.

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Professor Ian Chetter
Director of Research (Hull)

Ian Chetter is Director of Research and Professor of Surgery at Hull York Medical School. As a an Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, his research focuses on health services research and new and emerging technologies in arterial and venous disease, wound healing and surgical site infection. His research has attracted funding from the National Institute for Health Research and Yorkshire Vascular Surgical Research Fund and is advancing improvements in the care of patients with vascular conditions.

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Professor Michael Lind
Director of Research (Hull)

Michael Lind is Foundation Professor of Oncology and has been involved in medical oncology for the past 35 years, 25 years as a consultant. His major research interests are in lung cancer and mesothelioma and together with colleagues he is working to reduce inequalities treatment and improve the outcome of patients living with cancer in the Yorkshire region and nationally. His work has attracted funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research and he chairs the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service lung group for Public Health England. As Director of Research for Hull, Michael works with colleagues across the school to ensure our research is regionally rooted but with national impact.

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Professor Barry Wright
Director of Research (York)

Barry Wright is Professor of Child Mental Health and Director of Research (York) at Hull York Medical School. He is also Director of Student Support services in Hull York Medical School. Barry runs the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC), which is a collaboration between the University of York and the NHS. His research focuses on two main areas of work – child friendly interventions for child mental health problems, and improving outcomes for deaf children with mental health problems. He is Clinical Lead of the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service across ten centres in England and has worked in the NHS for 32 years supporting children and families with a range of mental health problems, developing expertise in working with deaf children, children with autism spectrum disorders, children with learning disabilities and sick children. He has previously been Clinical Director running ten services within a large NHS Trust.

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