Kate Tatton-Brown

GEP welcomes new clinical director

Professor Kate Tatton-Brown takes leading role in HEE’s genomics programme

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme (HEE GEP) is delighted to welcome Professor Kate Tatton-Brown to the role of clinical director and head of programme.

Kate brings with her a wealth of invaluable knowledge and expertise from her roles as consultant in clinical genetics at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and professor in clinical genetics and genomic education with St George’s, University of London.

Passion for genomics

Kate joins the programme at an exciting period, with healthcare professionals’ interest in genomics at an all-time high amid the roll-out of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS).

A highly respected champion of genomics education and training, Kate has led the development of a wide range of successful online, in-person and blended learning programmes. Her unrivalled passion and experience will help guide the GEP forward in its endeavours to educate the workforce in genomics and support the delivery of the GMS.

Professional profile

Kate qualified with a BMBCh from the University of Oxford in 1996, before earning an MD(Res) in 2006. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. In 2021 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Kate has a particular interest in paediatric genetic disorders, growth disorders, endocrine disorders and paediatric cancer genetics. In addition to her NHS clinical practice and her genomics education and training work, she runs a research study to investigate the genetic causes and clinical presentations of conditions associated with learning disability and increased growth.

Fond farewell

Kate takes the reins from outgoing scientific director Dr Anneke Seller, who has been at the helm of the programme for the past five years. Before joining HEE, Anneke was consultant clinical scientist and director of Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories and lead scientist for Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre.

Alongside her leadership of the GEP, Anneke’s contribution to genomic education and training includes work on the genetics pilot for the implementation of Modernising Scientific Careers and the development of the assessment framework for the National School of Healthcare Science. The entire programme team would like to wish Anneke well on her retirement.

You can find out more about the work of the programme and our team in our ‘About us’ section.