Meet our Team


Alyson Williamson

Senior Business Manager / Cert Med Ed (ESME) PGCert Clin Leadership

Alyson manages the regional Trainee Support Service and takes the lead in designing and delivering the faculty development programme to supervisors and trainees.  She has previously held roles at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians of London (JCHMT). This has given her wide ranging experience of providing targeted support to trainees both in Trusts and regionally, coaching all grades of medical staff and supporting trainers to tackle training concerns including undermining behaviours.   She is a qualified Healthcare Leadership Model 360 feedback facilitator and MBTI Step 1 Facilitator.  She has presented at national and international medical education events and published commissioned educational modules for BMJ e-learning.

Hazel Simpson

Programme Support Manager / Educational Trainer / CertEd

Hazel has 20 years experience in developing and delivering bespoke quality leadership and management training within the NHS and academia.  As a freelance training consultant, she has worked extensively with five regional universities teaching all grades of staff, management and senior academics. Together with her senior management experience she has designed and embedded educational leadership programmes on a national level, providing strategic direction and continuing professional development to those accountable for the supervision and development of others.  She has provided coaching to all tiers of management and academics on wide-ranging issues effecting performance.  She is now applying her expertise to medical education and supporting both trainees and trainers in engendering trainee progression. 

Kulvy Fedriche

Programme Support Coordinator / PG Cert Management Studies / PG Dip Management Studies

Kulvy is responsible for the operational management of the education section but also supports the education faculty in the delivery of training to doctors and trainees from the north east & north Cumbria. She has worked within the training and education field for approximately 9 years, previously as Specialty Programme Coordinator for Academics, Trauma and Orthopedics, Urology and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from working in both the public and private sectors. 

Sharon Shenfine

Regional Clinical Advisor / Consultant - Accident and Emergency Services / CertMedEd

Sharon has worked as an Emergency Medicine consultant in the Northern Region for the last ten years, delivering and supervising the coordination of emergency care to both adult and paediatric patients with acute illness and injury.

She has been actively involved in postgraduate education over the last ten years both within her own Trust and on a regional basis.  As well as working as a Clinical Trainer, Sharon is a Training Programme Director for the ACCS training programme.  She has developed and delivered training packages to all levels of staff on both clinical and non-clinical topics. She is ILM level 5 qualified and provides coaching to our regions trainees as part of the Educational Support Service. 

John Davison

Clinical Trainer / Consultant Physician and Geriatrician / MBBS PhD FRCP(Edin) CertMedEd

John develops and facilitates workshops in all aspects of clinical and educational supervision of postgraduate trainees for all speciality training programmes in medicine and dentistry. As a clinical and educational supervisor for over ten years, he has significant interest and responsibilities in postgraduate education, particularly educational support for clinical and educational supervisors of trainees with differing needs. He has served as Assistant Director of Medical Education at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for five years, supporting delivery and quality assurance of postgraduate training in over 70 specialty training programmes.

Beatrice Downie

Leadership Fellow / ST6 Respiratory Registrar / CertMedEd

Bea is currently working on a project researching resilience in doctors.  She has designed and delivered a Resilience workshop to doctors in training in the region and is continuing to research and further develop this course.