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Professor June Andrews and Dame Judi Dench
Professor June Andrews with Dame Judi Dench after a University graduation ceremony this summer. Professor Andrews has been dubbed 'inspirational' by HSJ, the Health Service Journal.

AN academic at the University of Stirling has been praised by a leading healthcare publication.

Professor June Andrews is one of 50 women highlighted in the inaugural Health Service Journal (HSJ) “Inspirational Women” list.

The magazine said the list celebrated “outstanding leaders or generous mentors” driving change and innovation in service re-design or at the heart of influencing health policy. It said: “The list contains women from clinical or non-clinical backgrounds who stand out for their passion and ability to innovate and drive change.”

Professor Andrews is the Director of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC). She said she was delighted to be mentioned.

“It’s lovely to be listed among these brilliant women – particularly as I’m the only entrant from Scotland,” said Professor Andrews. “It shows the influence of the DSDC and the work we do.

“Of course, this isn’t just recognition for myself but for the rest of the team at the Dementia Services Development Centre. For us, it’s always about collaboration – not just one person.”

Over the spring and summer, a long list of individuals was prepared by the HSJ team and via nominations by HSJ readers through the website.  Nominees had to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • deliver outstanding leadership;
  • share knowledge and expertise with others in the sector;
  • act as a role model/mentor to colleagues;
  • drive innovation in service redesign and/or research;  and
  • be at the heart of shaping or influencing policy.

A panel of judges, who represented a broad spectrum of opinion, were asked review the long list and add suggestions of their own. Alastair McLellan, Editor of HSJ, said: “It was not enough to be influential.  The judges were clear that they were looking for people who live the values they espouse – the authentic leaders.”

The final list of “Inspirational Women”, announced by the magazine, are:



Cheryll Adams

The Institute of Health Visiting

Gail Adams


Dr Caroline Allum

Whittington Health

Sarah Amani

Surrey and Boarders Partnership Foundation Trust

Professor June Andrews

University of Stirling

Professor Sue Bailey

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Sam Barrell

South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group

Professor Carol Baxter

NHS Employers

Kate Billingham

Queen's Nursing Institute

Cath Broderick

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Women's Network

Dame Fiona Caldicott

Information Governance Review

Molly Case

Greenwich University

Caroline Clarke

Royal Free London Foundation Trust

Yvonne Coghill

NHS Leadership Academy

Dr Fiona Cornish

Medical Women's Federation

Suzanne Cunningham

Southampton University Hospital Trust

Professor Jane Dacre

UCL Medical School

Dame Sally Davies

Department of Health

Val Davison

National School of Healthcare Science

Dr Jennifer Dixon

The Nuffield Trust

Helene Donnelly

Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust

Marie Gabriel

East London Foundation Trust

Dr Kate Granger

Pinderfields Hospital

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh

London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Sue Hamer

NIHR Clinical Research Network

Professor Jacky Hayden

North Western Deanery

Dr Kim Holt

Patients First

Wendy Irwin

Royal College of Nursing

Professor Deirdre Kelly

Birmingham Children's Hospital Foundation Trust

Dr Suzannah Lishman

Royal College of Pathologists

Karen Lynas

NHS Leadership Academy

Professor Jill Maben

King's College Hospital Foundation Trust

Alyson McGregor

Altogether Better

Sue Marsh

Campaigner for disabilities and long term illness

Dr Clare Marx

Ipswich Hospital Trust

Joan Myers

BME Advisory Group

Ruth Owen


Dr Niti Pall

Pathfinder Healthcare Developments CIC

Clare Pelham

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Katrina Percy

Southern Healthcare Foundation Trust

Professor Jane Reid

Clinical Human Factors Group

Lisa Rodrigues

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust

Dr Emma Stanton

Beacon UK

Mandie Sunderland

Heart of England Foundation Trust

Professor Wendy Tindale

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

Paula Vasco-Knight

South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust

Professor Cathy Warwick

Royal College of Midwives

Jill Watts

Ramsay Health Care UK

Dr Janet Wisely

Health Research Authority

Suzette Woodward

NHS Litigation Authority

The judges on the panel were as follows:

  • Dr Sam Barrell, chief clinical officer, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group;
  • Paul Birley, head of public sector healthcare, Barclays;
  • Professor Naomi Chambers, head of health policy and management, Manchester Business School;
  • Rosemary Cook, honorary professor, Bucks New University; chief executive officer, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine ;
  • Dame Jacqueline Docherty, chief executive, West Middlesex University Hospital Trust;
  • Nicola Hartley, director, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund;
  • Dr Nikita Kanani, GP registrar and co-chair, The Network;
  • Dr Sara Khan, editor of Medical Women, Medical Women’s Federation;
  • Karen Lynas, deputy managing director, NHS Leadership Academy;
  • Becky Malby, director, Centre for  Innovation in Health Management;
  • Jenni  Middleton, editor, Nursing Times;
  • Dr Mark Newbold, chief executive, Heart of England Foundation Trust;
  • Professor Wendy Reid, medical director, Health Education England;
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence; and
  • Dawn Tame-Battell, assistant director of patient services, Marie Curie.

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The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.

For more than 25 years, the centre has worked to:

  • improve the design of care environments;
  • make communities dementia-friendly; and
  • influence policy and to improve services for people with dementia.

DSDC is based in the Iris Murdoch Building at the University of Stirling’s main campus in Stirling and is guided by an international advisory board and funded largely from charitable sources. Find out more at

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