Contact Us/About Us

Email and Telephone

For General Enquiries: 

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

  • Wynne Thomas, Director of Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and Senior Teaching Fellow, Tel: 01782 734944, Email:
  • Hesham Abdalla, Senior Lecturer, Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, Tel: 01782 733729, 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


Dr Wynne Thomas   

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



Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Wynne Thomas is Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy and a Senior Teaching Fellow in Postgraduate Medicine at Keele University. He is responsible for the development and delivery of all the leadership and management courses and programmes within the Academy’s extensive portfolio as well as the Postgraduate certificate, Diploma and Masters in Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals. Prior to this he helped develop a new programme called the MSc Advancing Professional Practice and became the Award Lead was also previously the Inter-professional Champion and International Co-ordinator within the Faculty of Health. As a Registered General Nurse his clinical background is mainly in intensive care, surgery and orthopaedic nursing. His doctoral social phenomenological study followed the lived experiences of students undertaking their new competency based curriculum.  Wynne is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator [MBTI] qualified instructor and is developing his executive coaching qualification with the British School of Coaching. Passionate about developing the leadership qualities of health care professionals to enhance the delivery of individualised quality patient care and the importance of effective multi-professional team working to deliver and improve health care services.

Direct Line: 01782 734944 


Dr Hesham Abdalla 

MBCHB, BSc (Hons) MSc Clin Ed

Senior Lecturer

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.  Clare works on Mondays and Wednesday afternoon.

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