Prof Bill Irish

Governing Body Fellow, Tutor

Bill studied in Cambridge and London, before training as a general practitioner in Bath and pursuing a parallel career in postgraduate medical education.
Previously he was Director of GP Education in Health Education South West and chair of COGPED.
He leads postgraduate medical education and oversees all educational placements for nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, dental and allied health profession students across the East of England,
Bill is the UK lead postgraduate dean for the specialities of general surgery, trauma and orthopaedic surgery and clinical genetics. He is the HEE dean for integrated academic and clinical training for doctors and dentists in partnership with NIHR and the English medical schools.
He holds visiting chairs of medical education at Bristol, East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin universities and has research interests in high-stakes assessment, medical trainee recruitment and selection.
Bill was fortunate to be deployed as clinical lead for a large Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone during the 2015-16 pandemic, and has a continued interest in global health working closely with regional, national and international partners.
Outside of work Bill remains a very keen but ageing motorcyclist and triathlete, he generally enjoys chasing around after his (almost) grown up children and young step daughter.