Dr Jenny Simpson OBE

Jenny joined Newton as a Senior Advisor in 2015, following a career spanning some 35 years in the NHS. Jenny is a graduate of Manchester Medical School, subsequently training in acute paediatrics. Working as a senior doctor at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s A and E Department led to an interest in operational and strategic management, resulting in Jenny’s pursuit of an MBA, then a DBA.

Jenny was one of the first doctors in the UK to achieve dual qualifications in medicine and management and went on to create and run the British Association of Medical Managers for 20 years. This national body provided support and training to doctors in management roles and their orgianistions. As BAMM’s CEO, Jenny was asked to join the DH‘s Modernisation Board, becoming one of the original signatories to the NHS Plan in July 2000.

In 2007 she was invited to work with the Chief Medical Officer on his Review of Medical Regulation, chairing an implementation stream. Jenny then went on to lead parts of the work on regulatory reform for doctors, working with the DH’s Revalidation Support Team for 3 years and NHS England’s Professional Standards Team for a further 2 years.  Between 2011 and 2012, Jenny was also President of the Institute of Healthcare Managers. She retired from the NHS in March 2015.

Jenny continues to run her own consultancy in addition to her work with Newton.


Jim Birrell

Jim joined Newton in 2015 having spent over 40 years working across local government, the NHS and the Department of Health, giving him a wide ranging knowledge of the public sector.

A qualified accountant, Jim was the Finance Director at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for 3 years before spending 8 years as North West Regional Director of Finance. Following 10 years as Chief Executive at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, he retired. Since then, Jim has undertaken a number of interim management and consultancy roles in the NHS. His focus is predominately on acute care, although he also has experience of both provider and commissioner organisations.

Jim is a former Trustee and NED at the NHS Confederation.


Dr Sandy Bradbrook

Joining Newton as a Senior Advisor in 2010, Sandy has over 25 years experience in senior level positions in healthcare.

He started his career in the manufacturing industry after studying at the University of Cambridge and the University Manchester, where he obtained his PhD.

Sandy began his career in healthcare at Wigan Health Authority in 1985, before moving into roles in Primary Care and then becoming the CEO of the Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust. Under Sandy's leadership, the Children's Hospital progressed from a 1 star to a 3 star Trust.

During his tenure at the Heart of Birmingham Primary Care between 2005 and 2010, the Trust was recognised as one of the highest performing PCT's in the country, winning many national awards for its innovative approaches to reduce health inequalities.

Sandy is currently running his own consulting business, including the mentoring of some Senior Directors in the NHS.