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Executive Leadership Team

Professor Iqbal Singh CBE
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Medicine) & Chair
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Professor Singh is a Consultant Physician in Medicine for Older People at Blackburn, Pro Vice Chancellor Medicine at the Institute of Medicine, University of Bolton.  He is a leading contributor to healthcare and medical regulation and served as founder Commissioner Health Care Commission. Council member GMC (2008-12) and Chaired the GMC’s Equality and Diversity Committee and was member of the Review Group of Good Medical Practice (GMP) 2013.  He Chaired the Health Care Commission’s International Expert Reference Group on Patient Safety developing standards and indicators of assessment of safety in healthcare.

Professor Zubair Hanslot
The University of Bolton

Provost’s career spans over 40 years and it started when he secured a competitive scholarship for further and higher education on merit of his academic and work performance at the age of 15. From a young age, the Provost concurrently developed valuable skills in numerical/engineering analysis, software development, project management and leadership. This has empowered his belief that opportunities are realised through working hard and embracing knowledge. Prior to a teaching career, the Provost held 12 years of professional experience in engineering/software development. He also held a position between 2008 and 2011 as Principal and Academic Director for the University of Bolton’s campus in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Professor John Clapham
COO & Registrar
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

John gained his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London. He spent over 35 years working in drug discovery research in the UK and Sweden latterly as Executive Director of a large bioscience department. During this time he was an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick Medical School. In 2013 he joined the University of Buckingham where he was appointed Professor of Metabolic Disease Drug Discovery in the Clore Laboratory; he was one of the founding team for their medical school which he co-led through its approval process until the appointment of a substantive dean. 

Professor John Alcolado, DM BM(Hons) PGCMedEd RCPath(ME) FRCP
Interim Dean
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Professor John Alcolado, DM BM(Hons) PGCMedEd RCPath(ME) FRCP, is a distinguished healthcare professional and academic leader with a background in medical education, clinical practice and strategic leadership. Serving as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Chester from 2020 to 2023, he spearheaded the establishment and growth of a new graduate entry medical school.  During his tenure, Dr. Alcolado achieved GMC Stage 7 approval for student admissions, demonstrating his adept navigation of strategic planning, operational delivery and program development.
Recognised for his accomplishments, Professor Alcolado was recruited by Aston University in March 2023, where he initially served as Deputy Dean of Medical Education and later as the Interim Dean of Medical Education and Deputy Head of School. 

Mr Sanjoy Bhattacharyya
Associate Dean (medicine) & Director of Assessment
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Professor Bhattacharyya has been an Emergency Medicine Consultant at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust for 26 years leading, delivering, supervising assessment and management of all kind of ill and injured adults and children attending the Emergency Dept. and Urgent Care centre. He has worked with multi professional team and external partners to provide safe, personal and effective care to the patients.  Throughout his career, Professor. Bhattacharyya has made significant contributions to medical education, both locally and nationally. His leadership roles, such as Trust Specialty Training Lead and Specialty Tutor in Emergency Medicine, highlights his dedication to overseeing educational activities, managing the training of professionals and playing a pivotal role in departmental inductions.

Dr Gail Ferguson
Head of MBChB Programme
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Dr. Gail Ferguson’s academic career is characterised by her unwavering commitment to education and research.  Since joining Edge Hill University Medical School in 2019, she has been at the forefront of medical education and currently serves as Head of the MBChB programme at the Institute of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Ferguson will not only manage the day-to-day operations of the MBChB Programme but also oversee the strategic development of the programme, ensuring a holistic and forward-looking approach to medical education. Dr Ferguson’s versatility was evident in the swift adaptation to online teaching during the challenging times of the COVID-19 outbreak, where she efficiently coordinated and managed all remote teaching sessions for the MBChB Programme whilst at Edge Hill University Medical School.

Jade McCann
Operations Manager
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Jade is an experienced operations manager who delivers project management, establishing strong admin processes for strategic support. Leads teams in finance, HR, safety, subcontractors, facilities, marketing & bid writing. Expertise spans sectors: primary education, further education, higher education & local government. Competent in coordinating admin and ops to align with strategic goals, ensuring cohesion and success.

Clare Swarbrick
Programmes Director
Institute of Medicine, The University of Bolton

Clare Swarbrick, Postgraduate Programmes Director at the Institute of Medicine, brings a wealth of leadership and organisational development expertise to her role. Clare’s expansive career began with a distinguished background in nursing, her role then specialised in education and development responsible for programme design, implementation and evaluation from all stakeholder’s perspectives.
Clare’s impressive track record includes interventions in placement quality, overseeing assessment centres and providing personalised coaching for programme participants. Clare’s dedication to supporting individual and organisational development is evident in her effective leadership, coaching, mentoring and unwavering commitment to continuous improvement.

Dr Sai Pillarisetti currently serves as the Chairman, Postgraduate Doctors Committee of the British International Doctors Association (BIDA) and he also Founded and previously Chaired the BIDA Student Wing – the UK’s very first organisation representing International Medical Students who come from 40+ different nationalities. Through these roles, Sai has led on several national campaigns and initiatives to support international students and doctors alike and he is keen to use his wealth of experience to deliver a UK leading strategy for the Induction & Integration of International Medical Students at the University of Bolton Institute of Medicine.



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