Faculty leadership

The leadership team sets the overall strategy and direction for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health, supporting our departments and schools to accomplish world-class research and provide the best learning and teaching experience for our students.

A portrait shot of Professor Chris Newman, Interim Vice-President and Head of Faculty.

Professor Chris Newman
Interim Vice-President and Head of Faculty

Professor Newman joined the University in 1995 following an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship spent at the National Institute for Medical Research and Royal Postgraduate Medical School (1989-1992) and University of Cambridge (1992-1995).

He was appointed as Director of the Clinical Research Facility in 2004, a joint initiative between the University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The NIHR Sheffield CRF has units both at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital.


A portrait photo of Michelle Nuttall, Faculty Director of Operations.

Mrs Michelle Nuttall 
Faculty Director of Operations 

Michelle is responsible for the leadership, management, development and delivery of professional services across the faculty. She works to provide the technical and operational infrastructure required to support the academic business of the faculty and its departments. She is an active member of the Faculty Executive Board and chairs the Faculty Managers Group, as well as representing the faculty on University committees.

Before joining the University Michelle worked across local and central government supporting change and transformation initiatives. She has worked with a wide range of organisations both in the UK and in New Zealand, most recently as Head of Transformation for Kirklees Council.

Faculty Leadership Team

Faculty Director of Engagement and Development
A portrait shot of Professor Tracey Moore, Faculty Director of Engagement and Development

Professor Tracey Moore

Tracey works closely with the Faculty Directors and the Vice-President and Head of Faculty to ensure that strategy and delivery align with the likely future demands of partners across health and social care, and of the NHS in particular. Tracey has specific responsibility for working with Health Education England, Public Health England, NHS England, Local Authorities and education partners to ensure that commissioned education and training meets all standards required by commissioners, service delivery organisations and professional bodies. Education, training and development of the current workforce is supported in addition to pre-registration training in nursing, orthoptics, speech and language therapy, psychology, medicine, dentistry, dental nursing, hygiene and therapy.

Tracey also has an internal engagement role to work with all faculties and departments across the University so that the considerable teaching and research expertise that the University can offer is fully utilised within health and social care. 

Particular areas of strength for the University include:

Specific training developments to deliver care to patients with complex needs across health and social care through skill sharing and awareness-raising, including care of the deteriorating patient and managing patients with low vision; The development of new roles, eg physicians associates, advanced clinical practitioners, assistant/associate practitioner support workers, advanced apprenticeships; Utilising patients/clients as educators, ie a large number (750+) of service users participate in delivering and assessing training as well as in interviews and selection processes;

Tracey links with numerous networks and organisations in order to help ensure that the University is responsive to current and future workforce requirements, developing accessible delivery so that teams are enabled to meet the needs of patients and clients across a range of settings.

To discuss your interests, requirements and possible collaboration on current or future developments, please contact tracey.moore@sheffield.ac.uk or on +44 114 222 8713, or via diane.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk on +44 114 222 8750.

  • Multi-disciplinary and flexible working in primary and community care, including return to practice nursing, preparation for practice nursing, end of life care, dementia care, multi-professional dental team development, training education colleagues re. speech and language difficulties;
  • Public health - with extensive training, research and practical applications through analysis in ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research), the co-development of assistive technologies and consideration of `patient activation’ techniques across the health and care workforce;
  • Technology-enhanced learning, ‘human factors’, medical ethics and social accountability in the context of all professional, clinical skills and leadership training;
  • Children and young people, including safeguarding and vaccination training;
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions, utilising cutting edge translational research;
  • Combined physical and mental health assessment through skill-sharing across roles and professions;
  • Genomic medicine from expert practitioner to an understanding sufficient to advise patients and clients on relative risks and implications.
Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching 

Dr Vanessa Halliday

Vanessa is responsible for overseeing quality assurance and enhancement for all courses, student progress and fitness to practise arrangements.  She is a member of the Faculty Executive Board and represents the faculty at University level committees.

Vanessa is responsible for establishing robust faculty quality assurance mechanisms, developing quality and enhancement and for developing a Learning and Teaching Strategy for the Faculty.  Vanessa is Chair of the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee and liaises closely with teaching leads in each school and department in the Faculty.

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Faculty Director of Research and Innovation
A portrait shot of Professor Wendy Baird, Faculty Director of Research and Innovation

Professor Wendy Baird

Wendy is responsible for developing the research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategy for the Faculty. She develops and promotes appropriate research policies for all activities, working with her counterparts in other faculties and research leads within departments, to actively promote inter-departmental strategies and interdisciplinary research.

Wendy provides leadership in research and supports the development of management information, key performance indicators and benchmarks to evaluate and increase research performance.

Crucial to the role, Wendy promotes the faculty externally, making the most of external networks, especially with regard to NHS R&D colleagues and NHS funding opportunities.

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Head of Finance (Medicine, Dentistry and Health)
A portrait shot of Karen Longden, Head of Finance.

Mrs Karen Longden

Karen is responsible for financial planning, forecasting, budget monitoring and control and advises on and monitors faculty financial performance. She works closely with departments and schools to support forward planning and to advise on the financial impact of proposals and decisions.

Karen makes monthly reports to Faculty Executive Board on income and expenditure across the faculty and advises the board on the financial impact and sustainability of decisions. Additionally, she communicates and implements financial policies and promote financial awareness within the faculty, acting as a source of expertise for all financial matters.

Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
A portrait shot of Dr Louise Preston, Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr Louise Preston

Louise is responsible for leading the faculty in terms of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for ensuring University policies and practices are followed within Medicine, Dentistry and Health as well as leading on our Faculty ED&I action plan, chairing the Faculty ED&I committee and strategic guidance for Athena SWAN submissions across the faculty.

She is a member of the Faculty Executive Board and represents the faculty on the University Gender Equality Committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Prior to her appointment to this role in May 2019, Louise was the Chair of the University of Sheffield Parents Network. She is the co-chair of the ScHARR Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team and works as a Senior Research Fellow in ScHARR.

Heads of Department

Department / School

Head of Department / School

Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Professor Tim Chico

Clinical Dentistry

Professor Chris Deery

Health & Related Research (ScHARR)

Professor John Brazier

Oncology & Metabolism

Professor Allan Pacey

Neuroscience

Professor Chris McDermott

Health Sciences School

Professor Tracey Moore

Academic Unit of Medical Education

Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton

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