Governor Profiles

Dr James Field

Length of service/involvement with Heaton Manor
Co-opted in 2014 as a representative from Newcastle University

Provision of mock interviews for sixth form students looking to apply for medicine and dentistry

Committee responsibilities

Business/education background
Professional qualification as a Specialist Prosthodontist, with membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England.

Employed as an academic at Newcastle University from 2007 as Degree Programme Director for the MClinDent in Restorative Dentistry

Involved internationally with educational initiatives, leading a number of pan-European working groups

Qualified with CertClinEd, and a Master of Arts in Education. I am also recognised as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and a Senior and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Local interest
Whilst I am a qualified dentist, I thoroughly enjoy working within a learning environment. Perhaps I can’t really escape the fact that I come from a family of teachers – ranging from primary to further education, advanced-skill to special educational needs. As a child I experienced studying at a couple of different primary and secondary schools; as a family we moved around with my father’s job as an FE college principal.

Within higher education I thoroughly enjoy my role within the School of Dental Sciences, and the challenges and responsibilities that the post brings. I have had fantastic support for further training that has allowed me to obtain my MA in Education, and develop management and leadership skills. My current role at national and international level involves a large amount of policy writing and consultation, and I am recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Working within a team is critical to my role, as is continued professional development (both in terms of educational and professional practice). I envisage these roles and skills being useful in supporting or guiding the decisions made within a Board of Governors.

I live near the coast with my wife, Claire, and young sons George and Charlie. We enjoy visiting the beach and travelling.



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Student Support

Link Governor for Maths and Science Faculties

Lecturer at University of Newcastle

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