Professor Alasdair Strachan

Areas of Expertise/Specialisms

I have worked in healthcare for the last 33 years and especially in Healthcare Education for the last 22 years. This included strategic roles within Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) , roles in Doncaster and South Yorkshire as well as nationally.

I have worked with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, with a focus in Sheffield Medical School.

I was recently appointed Honorary Professor of Medical Education in recognition of this work.

I was appointed a Corporate Director, Education and Research within DBTH which included wider Executive responsibilities in this large organisation.

I have a particular interest in widening participation and raising aspirations leading to working with local schools and Colleges.

I have worked with key funding and regulatory bodies and was a member of North of England Health Education England Board.

Details of your last three roles


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital


Director of Education and Research


Dec 2019 – Oct 22


Corporate Director overseeing all of Education and Research within the 6500 Trust employees and over 1000 students per year. Oversee Research within the Trust and key partners


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital


Director of Education




Overseeing Education support (as above)


Sheffield Medical School


Academic Lead for Innovation and Development in Clinical Teaching




Develop innovative ways of delivering the training of medical students working with key stakeholders across South Yorkshire

Professional Body Membership(s)

General Medical Council

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

See section 2

Worked in Exec group within DBTH and member of Board for North of England Health Education England. As an Executive Director I have experience with governance structures and management of large budgets.

Education Improvement Specific Experience and Skills

I have supported many education improvement initiatives in DBTH, regionally and nationally. I had a specific role within Sheffield Medical School to improve training.

I set up the first Clinical Simulation Centre in the North of England and was Chair of the National Association of Medial Simulators where I supported other Centres. I also chaired a Yorkshire and Humber Committee to develop Clinical skills training in the region which included £17 million investment.

I have led the development of work experience and widening participation for students entering healthcare within Doncaster and Bassetlaw. 

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience

See section 2 above

HR and Data Handling Specific Experience and Skills

As Director of a department with 100 staff and also with over 1000 students I have a wide range of HR experience.

As Corporate Director I am familiar with handling complex data within the organisation. As Director of Research we managed data within a highly regulated environment

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

As Director of Education and Research I managed a large budget.

I have successful experience in developing and delivering large bids in Education and Research

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

I have extensive experience working in an Executive capacity in a large organisation.

Through my regional work with key partners including DMBC, Universities and Colleges I am aware of the challenges and opportunities.

I was part of the group that helped develop Doncaster UTC so aware of working relationships with DfE, DMBC etc.

I am aware of the value of a broad based education of students to employers and educational establishments.