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For general enquiries: 

Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, School of Medicine - Postgraduate, KH70, Keele Hall, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG 

  • Jenny Cowpe, Director of Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, Tel: 01782 734943, Email:  
  • Wynne Thomas, Deputy Director of Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and Senior Teaching Fellow, Tel: 01782 734944, Email:
  • Hesham Abdalla, Senior Lecturer, Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, Tel: 01782 734769, Email:
  • Mark Newbold, Senior Lecturer, Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, Tel: 01782 733729, Email:

Professional Services Staff

Tel: 01782 734935  |  01782 734934  |  01782 734932

Twitter: @CLAKeele

Our Team

Jenny Cowpe

Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy

Jenny Cowpe leads the Academy's team of academic and professional services staff and has overall responsibility for the design, development and delivery of its CPD and academic programmes;she also teaches on, and facilitates, many of these events personally, ensuring that they evolve to reflect the ever-changing health and care environment.

Before joining the University in 2001, Jenny followed a career as a General Manager and Trust Chief Executive in the National Health Service, training initially at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, followed by extensive experience in district general hospital, community and mental health organisations for 25 years. During this period, she gained significant experience of leading and managing healthcare organisations and of the political and financial climates within which they operate.  In her various senior leadership roles, she has been responsible for financial turn-arounds and for major service redesign in acute, community and mental health services.  It was her experience of leading health organisations which stimulated her particular, and abiding, interest in developing leadership and management skills for key staff, particularly for clinicians.

Jenny's interest in developing leadership and management skills is reflected in her current work at Keele, where, as the Academy's Director, she has responsibility for the three strands of its major portfolio, viz:

  • CPD leadership and management programmes for Specialty Trainees, Specialty, Staff Grade and Associate Specialist Doctors, Consultants, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
  • bespoke "in-house" programmes for individual Trusts and health organisations, with whom she develops a close professional relationship in order to ensure that the programmes delivered match expectations
  • the Academy's Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master's in Healthcare Leadership and Management, which are supervised by her colleague, Dr Wynne Thomas.

Jenny read history at the University of York and took her Master's Degree in Business Administration (Health Executive) at Keele University.  She holds a formal teaching qualification from Kings College, London, and is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Her research interests are in the fields of clinical leadership development and organisational design.

Direct Line: 01782 734943



Wynne Thomas

Dr. Wynne Thomas

EdD, MSc, B.Ed Nurses & Midwives, Dip.N, ENB 100, RGN


Deputy Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and Senior Teaching Fellow

Wynne is Deputy Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and a Senior Teaching Fellow in Post Graduate Medicine at Keele University specialising in Clinical Leadership and Management. He is a qualified nurse and his clinical background was mainly in intensive care, surgery and orthopaedic nursing, experienced in hospitals in South West Wales and Guy’s Hospital, London

Prior to his present position Wynne was previously the MSc Award Lead and School International Champion at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. He was a curriculum co-ordinator, module leader, personal tutor on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He has experience as a Link Lecturer for clinical placements in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and The Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry.

Wynne’s doctoral qualitative study followed the lived experiences of student nurses undertaking their three year nursing programme. It adopted a social phenomenological approach. The qualitative study collected an unique perspective on the student nurses’ experiences during their nursing programme and the ‘significant events’ that shaped their personal and professional development. The study aimed to understand student nurses’ learning and development during undergraduate education. In relation to answering the research questions and the methodology selected, the social phenomenological approach was an appropriate theoretical and epistemological perspective to draw upon, with its interest in experience, perception and interpretation of experience and the social world.

He is a reviewer for UK based and international professional journals.

Wynne’s current interests are developing the leadership qualities of health care professionals to enhance the delivery of individualised quality patient care; the students’ social experience of internationalisation and its impact on their personal and professional career development and the importance of effective inter-professional team working to deliver and improve health care services.

Direct Line: 01782 734944 


Hesham Abdalla

MBCHB, BSc (Hons) MSc Clin Ed

Hesham Abdalla Photo

Hesham is a Senior Lecturer at Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and an experienced Consultant Paediatrician. He leads on the Independent Practice Based Study module and the elective module on Leadership for Patient Safety, as well as teaching on a number of in-house sessions.

Prior to this academic position, Hesham was a senior lecturer on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme, where he taught and coached students  to attain a Masters in Healthcare Leadership. He was also a regional champion of the Royal College of Physicians Learning to Make a Difference Programme, introducing Quality Improvement training to all medical trainees. He has a masters in Clinical Education and has been invited to speak on national platforms on patient safety and service improvement.

He has been clinical service lead of a pioneering, integrated paediatric service and most recently consultant at Birmingham Children's Hospital working on improving outpatient services. Hesham has a strong patient focus and has led teams to Patient Experience Network awards as well as an HSJ Award in Patient Safety.  

Dr. Mark Newbold

Senior Lecturer

Mark Newbold Photo

Mark started his career as a Consultant Histopathologist with an interest in gastrointestinal disease and then in 2007 became one of the few medics to move into full time management as a hospital Chief Executive. Prior to this he held a variety of medical leadership positions and has long been involved in developing and supporting doctors who wish to take up these posts

After 7 years as Chief Executive of Kettering and then Heart of England Foundation Trusts, Mark now has a portfolio career. He is Managing Director of Our Health Partnership, currently the largest GP partnership in the NHS, and also has a range of academic and consultancy roles

He is interested in digital media and was one of the first health leaders to start using Twitter! He blogs and writes regularly and currently leads GP View, a website devoted to debate on the future of general practice. He mentors and supports a number of doctors with an interest in management and leadership and is always keen to give time to individuals or groups if he can be of help

Mark aims to provide practical teaching that will challenge doctors about the contribution they are uniquely placed to make. In his sessions he will illustrate his points by sharing his personal experiences of management, and he will always set his teaching firmly in the context of how the NHS works and how it is changing

Contact details:


Professional Services Staff

Jane Eccleston

Postgraduate Team Co-Ordinator

Jane Eccleston






Jane joined the Clinical Leadership and Management team in 1998, having worked at Keele since 1988.  Jane provides administrative support for the organisation and delivery of the suite of core and bespoke programme activities, liaising with NHS Trusts, associates and consultant networks and deals with all finance queries.

Direct Line: 01782 734932 

Clare Kirkham

Postgraduate Administrator

Clare Kirkham






Clare has worked at Keele since 2003, previously in the Centre for Health Planning and Management and the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice.  She supports the organisation and delivery of our Clinical Leadership and Management Courses for specialty trainees, SAS doctors and consultants, liaises with external speakers and organises our bespoke courses held nationally within NHS organisations.  

Direct Line: 01782 734934 


Alison Manning

Postgraduate Administrator

Alison photo





Alison joined the team in 2013.  She is our first point of contact for enquiries and her main responsibilities include course bookings and payments, accommodation, preparing course materials, course registrations, marketing and advertising, for our core programmes held at Keele Hall.  

Direct Line: 01782 734935 


All enquiries and course bookings


Tutors and Associates 

We have a large number of Associates who regularly contribute to our programmes and courses, who are drawn from many professional groups including Medical Directors, Clinical Directors, NHS Managers and Personal and Organisational Development Consultants.


About Us

Clinical Leadership and Management Courses at Keele University

Clinical leadership and management courses have been running at Keele University since 1983. They are now designed and delivered by the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, which is part of the School of Medicine at Keele University.

We specialise in leadership and management courses and development programmes for clinicians working in the NHS and in the private and voluntary sectors, which are delivered at Keele or on a bespoke basis at venues throughout the country.

We aim to equip our participants with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to act with confidence in their roles.  To make this possible, we maintain strong links with both national and local policy makers to ensure that our courses and programmes are aligned to the vision and direction of modern, world class, healthcare.

Our vision is to support safe, effective and innovative healthcare in the UK through improving the skills of clinicians, at all levels, who are, or will be, involved in the leadership and management of health services.

Developing effective clinician leaders.


The Keele Clinical Leadership Academy is located within the School of Medicine (Postgraduate), Keele University.

Keele Clinical Leadership Academy
School of Medicine - Postgraduate 
Keele Hall (KH70)
Keele University

Telephone:   01782 734935  |  01782 734934  |  01782 734932

For email enquiries:

Local Hotel Information






Approx Distance From Venue


Telephone Number


Travel Lodge




2 Miles

0871 984 6446 

2 miles from venue in town centre


The Old School House Keele    



0.8 Miles

01782 619638

In walking distance, but only 2 rooms available


Slaters Country Inn

Baldwins Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme



5 Miles

01782 680052

Has been recommended by previous delegates – Countryside location


The Borough Arms Hotel




ST5 1HX  

3 Miles

01782 629421

Central location – in town centre


Holiday Inn



ST5 4DL 

4.5 Miles

0871 423 4876

Junction 15 M6

Premier Inn




5 Miles

0871 527 8808  

Towards Junction 16 M6

Travel Lodge

Talke, Stoke-on-Trent



7 Miles

0871 984 6106   

Towards Junction 16 M6

Best Western Plus Moat House Hotel

Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent



5 Miles

0870 225 4601 

Near Hanley town centre



The Old Hall Country House




2 Miles

01782 752543



Nearest village

The North Stafford




5.5 Miles

0871 222 0097

Opposite Stoke Station