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⌂ Non-Executive Directors

Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE
Chair

Gideon Ben-Tovim is Chair of the Innovation Agency, having previously served as Chair of the Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust and Chair of NHS Merseyside....

Gideon Ben-Tovim is Chair of the Innovation Agency, having previously served as Chair of the Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust and Chair of NHS Merseyside. He is also Chair of Nature Connected, the Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership.

Gideon has had a long-standing academic career at the University of Liverpool, where in partnership with Liverpool PCT he helped establish the Liverpool Health Inequalities Research Institute. He is currently Honorary Senior Fellow, having previously been Reader in Sociology. His specialist academic field has been in the field of race, ethnic and community relations, and he has had a strong track record of publications, research and training in this field. He is author, co-author or editor of over 100 books articles, chapters and research reports, including The Local Politics of RaceThe Racial Politics of Militant, and Equal Opportunities and the Employment of Black People and Ethnic Minorities on Merseyside.

He was the founding Director of the University of Liverpool"s Race and Social Policy Unit, whose initiatives included running the Commission for Racial Equality"s training programme for their Race Equality Officers over a ten year period, with an associated bespoke, vocational Diploma, and also an MA in Ethnic Studies.

Within the NHS Gideon has played a leading role in human resources and equality and diversity. He  led on HR and equality and diversity within the PCT and NHS Merseyside, and nationally he has served as Chair of Race for Health and as a member of the NHS  Equality and Diversity Council. He was co-chair of the NHS Employers Strategic Equality and Diversity Forum. He is a former Chair of Merseyside Race Equality Council and former Secretary of the Merseyside Anti-Racialist Alliance.

Gideon is a former Liverpool City Councillor for the multi-racial Granby Ward, and he served as Chair of the Education Committee and Leader of the Opposition. He has been Chair of a number of educational bodies including Liverpool Community College and various school governing bodies. He currently chairs the Management Committee of Granby SureStart Early Years Centre within Kingsley Primary School where is the Emeritus Chair.

He was Deputy Chair of the Mayor of Liverpool’s Health Commission and is an Advisory Member of the Liverpool Health and Wellbeing Board which he previously co-chaired. He is a Public Service Director of the Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (Liftco).

He has been awarded an OBE for services to health, and has been made an Honorary Alderman of Liverpool City Council.

Bruce Ash
Vice Chair

After graduating in Economics and Administration from Bath University in 1973 Bruce has spent most of his career in the healthcare sector, initially working in a...

After graduating in Economics and Administration from Bath University in 1973 Bruce has spent most of his career in the healthcare sector, initially working in a variety of corporate marketing and strategic roles for the Dickinson Robinson Group, prior to managing two of their medical devices divisions.

In 1987 Bruce relocated from Bristol to Lancashire joining Vernon Carus Ltd as an executive director becoming MD in 1990 which he continued doing until the company was acquired in 2008. Bruce was also was Chairman of a number of subsidiary companies including two international businesses. Whilst at Vernon Carus he had a non-executive position with Celltran a start-up cell therapy business in Sheffield.

During this period Bruce was also on the Executive and Council of the Medical Device Industry Association (ABHI) as well as chairing other sector Trade Associations both in the UK and Europe.

For the past five years Bruce has been acting as an Advisor for ABHI and also serves as Chair of their Industry Code of Practice Compliance Panel.  Bruce has also held various advisory and non-executive positions both in the private and public sectors including Deputy Chair of NTAC (NHS Technology Adoption Centre) and Chair of Medilink North West.

Bruce joined the North West  Coast AHSN and took on the role of Vice Chair in June 2014.

Dr Bina Rawal
Non-Executive Director

Until January 2015, Dr Bina Rawal was the Director of Research, Medical & Innovation at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and had...

Until January 2015, Dr Bina Rawal was the Director of Research, Medical & Innovation at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and had responsibility for driving the agenda for Research & Development and Innovation on behalf of ABPI member companies in the UK. She joined the ABPI in 2012 from the Wellcome Trust where she was Head of Clinical Development within the research charity"s Technology Transfer (Innovations) Division.

Prior to her time at the Wellcome Trust, she spent sixteen years in senior leadership roles at Roche and GlaxoWellcome R&D. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in London and holds Fellowships of the Royal College of Pathologists and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. 

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Dr Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Dr Liz Mear is the Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency and former Chair of the national AHSN Network, representing all 15 AHSNs in England....

Dr Liz Mear is the Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency and former Chair of the national AHSN Network, representing all 15 AHSNs in England.

In addition, she is a Board Director of the Northern Health Science Alliance; a member of the Well North Board; and sits on the Health Service Research UK Network Board. She is co-chair of the NIHR Health Services Research and Delivery Services Dissemination Centre; chair of the North West Procurement Development Board; and vice chair of the North West Coast Genomics Medicine Centre.

She helped to set up the Innovation Agency, before which she was Chief Executive of the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network. 

Previously, Liz held a number of director roles in a variety of NHS organisations including the acute sector, mental health and ambulance service.  She worked in local government for 17 years, holding a variety of senior customer service roles. Liz has also worked as a senior management consultant, specialising in public sector business performance improvement and change management.

Dr Phil Jennings
Medical Director

Dr Phil Jennings has a dual role, as Medical Director for the Innovation Agency and Deputy Medical Director for NHS England (Cheshire and Merseyside), while...

Dr Phil Jennings has a dual role, as Medical Director for the Innovation Agency and Deputy Medical Director for NHS England (Cheshire and Merseyside), while continuing to practise as a freelance GP in Merseyside, with a specialist interest in cardiology. At the Innovation Agency, he leads on patient safety and digital health and is helping to steer a digital health strategy for the North West Coast.

He was previously the Primary Care Lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiac Network and helped to develop the Wirral Intermediate Cardiac Clinic. He joined the management team of Wirral PCT and subsequently became Chairman of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, where he led the organisation through its development and authorisation.

Lorna Green
Chief Operating Officer

Lorna is the Chief Operating Officer of the Innovation Agency, having joined as Commercial Director in March 2014 and is currently chair of the Commercial Directors...

Lorna is the Chief Operating Officer of the Innovation Agency, having joined as Commercial Director in March 2014 and is currently chair of the Commercial Directors Forum for the national AHSN Network.  

Having started her career as a State Registered Dietician in the NHS, Lorna worked in a variety of senior management roles in sales, marketing and business development and at board level in clinical nutrition and medical technology companies. After 10 years in sales, marketing and business development, Lorna joined a venture capital firm, Merseyside Special Investment Fund, as healthcare business consultant and went on to work as a self-employed consultant working with SMEs to shape business plans and secure venture capital investment to commercialise innovations.

Lorna has been involved in launching over 40 new healthcare products and technologies both in the UK and internationally. She is a director of the UK / Ireland Co-location Centre for EIT Health and of the eHealth Cluster Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation established to support local SMEs in the eHealth sector, and a member of the Knowledge Transfer Network Medical Technology (KTN) Advisory Board, supporting the translation of medical technologies from the science base through to early adoption.

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Caroline Kenyon
Director of Communications and Engagement

Caroline Kenyon is a former print and broadcast journalist, PR consultant and NHS trust head of communications.  She has provided PR and marketing consultancy...

Caroline Kenyon is a former print and broadcast journalist, PR consultant and NHS trust head of communications. 

She has provided PR and marketing consultancy services for numerous NHS organisations, regeneration bodies and businesses and has delivered media training and crisis PR support for organisations around the country, particularly in the NHS.

Her early career was in journalism, working for regional and national press; BBC local radio in Nottingham and Lancashire; Radio 4 magazine programmes; and Border TV. She was also an interim lecturer in broadcast journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.

Caroline holds a Diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Alan Davies
Director of Digital Health

Alan leads on our strategy for digital health care, leading our North West Coast digital expert steering group whose members are drawn from the...

Alan leads on our strategy for digital health care, leading our North West Coast digital expert steering group whose members are drawn from the NHS global digital exemplars, universities and  other NHS organisations at the forefront of digital transformation.

Alan has considerable commercial medtech expertise having held international roles as Director of Home Healthcare for Philips Healthcare and Strategy Director for Tunstall Healthcare, as well as local roles including as an executive board member at ATcare CIC an assistive technology incubator  spin off from NHS Innovations London.

As a former partner at PA Consulting for ten years and Director at PwC, Alan brings a wealth of experience of planning and managing strategic change.

Recently, he spent a year with Imperial Health College Partners, developing and rolling out an innovative atrial fibrillation care transformation programme across North West London. He is most proud of his North West Coast involvement while at Philips in leading the successful bid for the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance test Bed and supporting the growth and success of the Liverpool More Independent remote care programme.

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Carole Spencer
Director of Transfomation

Carole leads on the Spread and Adoption strategy for the Innovation Agency, She works with the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP and the Mersey and...

Carole leads on the Spread and Adoption strategy for the Innovation Agency, She works with the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP and the Mersey and Cheshire STP to support them across priority workstreams to ensure that innovative products, practices and services are known to NHS partners and used introduced for patient benefit. She will also be working across the AHSN network to ensure effective knowledge exchange

Carole started her career in the banking and finance sector working in the City of London as a commercial analyst before moving into management consultancy with a major UK firm.  Now with over 20 years NHS experience, she has worked as a provider, a commissioner and in regional and regulatory roles.

She has significant experience in the planning and management of large-scale change as Strategic Development Director of several large acute NHS providers across the North West, and is committed to the development of collaborative systems strategies within the NHS. She was instrumental in establishing pathfinder hospital groups in Manchester and in Lancashire and in the development of single pathology service for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Corporate Support

Anthony Roberts
Corporate Business Manager

Anthony provides direct support to the Chief Executive and Executive Team across a range of corporate business functions and leads the co-ordination of corporate projects.&...

Anthony provides direct support to the Chief Executive and Executive Team across a range of corporate business functions and leads the co-ordination of corporate projects.  He provides secretariat to the Board and the Finance, Performance and Strategy Committee to ensure the Innovation Agency meets its obligations. 

Anthony’s 12-year career with the NHS has predominately focussed on providing executive support to Board Chairs and Chief Executives across a number of NHS organisations. He was previously the Corporate Affairs Manager at North West NHS Commissioning Support Unit (CSU).

Prior to Anthony’s NHS career, he worked within marketing as a Client Services Manager working with various national companies including Cadbury, Unilever, Liverpool Football Club and the MBNA Corporation.

Anthony is current studying his Company Secretarial and Share Registration Practice certificate with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Allison Hayes
Executive PA/Corporate Business Manager

Allison provides direct support to the CEO, COO & Chair, covering a wide range of administration and corporate functions. Allison is the office manager for...

Allison provides direct support to the CEO, COO & Chair, covering a wide range of administration and corporate functions. Allison is the office manager for the Liverpool Accelerator Building having gained HR, ILM & MSP qualifications, previously supporting the senior management of RLBUHT and Wirral CCG. Prior to her NHS career, Allison worked for the banking sector providing financial services to the public.

Gill Collen
Administration Assistant

Originally joining the NHS in 1975, Gill has primarily worked locally and is an experienced medical secretary and office supervisor, in addition to gaining experience of...

Originally joining the NHS in 1975, Gill has primarily worked locally and is an experienced medical secretary and office supervisor, in addition to gaining experience of working in HR medical staffing.

Gill has been working for the Innovation Agency since July 2014 as office admin assistant providing administration support and is first port of call for telephone enquiries for the team. Gill coordinates the meeting room booking calendar for both internal and external NHS meetings and is the person who will collect visitors from reception for appointments with the directors and wider team.

Lauren Peate
Business Administration Assistant

Lauren currently assists the administration team booking meetings, travel and accommodation for staff and also supports the communications team with the coordination of events. ...

Lauren currently assists the administration team booking meetings, travel and accommodation for staff and also supports the communications team with the coordination of events.  She joined the Innovation Agency in February 2016 and is currently working towards gaining a Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration.

Previously Lauren worked in a GP surgery as a Medical Receptionist on a 12 month programme where she gained her NVQ Level 2 in Business and is hoping to further her studies and progress with the Innovation Agency.

Commercial

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Mike Kenny
Associate Commercial Director

Mike Kenny joins the Innovation Agency having studied Genetics and Microbiology at Lancaster University, one of the Agency’s close academic and business partners. He...

Mike Kenny joins the Innovation Agency having studied Genetics and Microbiology at Lancaster University, one of the Agency’s close academic and business partners. He joined us in March as a Commercial Programme Manager, having spent over 20 years in the Pharmaceutical industry in a variety of commercial, partnership and leadership roles in the North West and North East of England and Yorkshire.

Mike brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of customer relationship management, and has a successful track record of partnership and collaboration with many of the NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning groups and Strategic Clinical Networks within our footprint.

Mike will use his relationship development and relationship management experience to great effect in the Innovation Agency as he works to bring technology, innovation, health and wealth into the Agency footprint via engagement with Industry, Pharmaceutical Companies, Local Enterprise Partnerships,  Innovation Hubs, NHS, Academia, Local Authorities and Small to Medium Enterprises.

Lindsay Sharples
International Commercial Programme Manager

Lindsay is responsible for our European projects such as StopandGo and Ensafe. Her focus is to develop successful partnerships with academia, research institutes, NHS...

Lindsay is responsible for our European projects such as StopandGo and Ensafe. Her focus is to develop successful partnerships with academia, research institutes, NHS providers, local authorities and private sector partners to maximise opportunities with local, national, European and international funding.

She has a wealth of experience of both awarding and bidding for grants, working with universities, charities and regional government bodies

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Steve Adams
Lancashire Commercial Programme Manager

Steve works with partners at Lancaster University and Lancashire County Council to support Lancashire SMEs develop innovative healthcare solutions for the NHS. Steve has...

Steve works with partners at Lancaster University and Lancashire County Council to support Lancashire SMEs develop innovative healthcare solutions for the NHS.

Steve has a clinical background plus more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the medical device industry. Before joining the Innovation Agency he spent several years as a healthcare consultant to the NHS.

 

David Nutter
Lancashire ERDF Project Administrator

David manages the administrative systems for Lancashire including ensuring projects are compliant with ERDF regulations and run to budget. He has more than eight...

David manages the administrative systems for Lancashire including ensuring projects are compliant with ERDF regulations and run to budget.

He has more than eight years working in the NHS, including Primary Care Support Service in Preston, as a booking clerk in Radiology at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, and as the MDT coordinator to Head and Neck and Haematology Cancers at the same Trust.

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Andy Cairns
Liverpool City Region Commercial Manager

Andy Cairns supports the Medicines Optimisation programme and the development of the Innovation Pathway and sharing best practice by the use of the Innovation Exchange....

Andy Cairns supports the Medicines Optimisation programme and the development of the Innovation Pathway and sharing best practice by the use of the Innovation Exchange.

Andy has previously worked in the public sector for Salford City Council and part of a shared service supporting both Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council. Andy worked at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and led on the procurement and implementation of a PACS/RIS Picture Archiving and Communication System/Radiology Information System as part of a Greater Manchester consortium. He project managed the development of a mobile app for Community Nurses to record activity with patients using iPads.

Previous to this, Andy completed an Engineering degree B.Eng (Hons) at The University of Liverpool and then work in manufacturing, followed by spells with Nixdorf and Siemens supporting SME’s.

Ann Humphries
Project Manager

Ann supports the International Progamme Manager with project management input to the European Horizon 2020 Projects including Ritmocore, Product/Market Fit, Stop & Go and...

Ann supports the International Progamme Manager with project management input to the European Horizon 2020 Projects including Ritmocore, Product/Market Fit, Stop & Go and ENSAFE.

Sue worked on significant European Projects for many years at Liverpool John Moores University including Digital Academy, Open Labs and Sensor City.  More recently she worked on a European Project at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. 

Indi Singh
Cheshire Commercial Programme Manager

Indi works with partners across Cheshire and Warrington, including Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and Health Innovation Manchester, to support SMEs to develop innovative healthcare...

Indi works with partners across Cheshire and Warrington, including Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and Health Innovation Manchester, to support SMEs to develop innovative healthcare solutions for the NHS.

Having worked as Assistant Director of Finance at NHS Manchester, Indi was responsible for delivering efficiency savings and has also held consultancy posts in various NHS organisations focusing on finance, transformation and efficiency.   A Chartered Accountant, Indi has worked in corporate finance supporting SMEs with funding and business advice, and with large entrepreneurial businesses in a range of sectors.

Kerrin Whaite
Project Manager / Assurance Officer

Kerrin  provides assurance and monitoring of projects and programmes for spread and adoption of innovations, including planning and delivery of various initiatives and support...

Kerrin  provides assurance and monitoring of projects and programmes for spread and adoption of innovations, including planning and delivery of various initiatives and support communities of practice and our wide network of partners.

He manages the Innovation Agency CRM and project management systems, and  also provide processes and reporting documentations, risk registers and assurance reports for stakeholders.

Kerrin has worked for the NHS since 1999 across a number of roles, in  different NHS organisations, in many different locations from Manchester to Uganda.  He has worked on various programme and project management, implementing databases for staff, analysing data for cleansing and costs saving purposes, managing teams and mentoring colleagues. 

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Dr Julia Reynolds
Associate Director for CHC and Head of Programmes

Dr Julia Reynolds is a Programme Manager at the Innovation Agency North West Coast. Julia leads the Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention Programme and the...

Dr Julia Reynolds is a Programme Manager at the Innovation Agency North West Coast. Julia leads the Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention Programme and the Musculoskeletal Innovation Programme.  

Julia has previously held a number of senior manager positions in the public and third sector and led a number of local and national programmes. Key roles she has held include Research and Development in the NHS, Senior Scientific Administrator in the University of Manchester for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the CLAHRC for Greater Manchester and Lead for Research and Evaluation at Macmillan Cancer Support.  Julia has also worked with a range of organisations including the Fire and Rescue Service, the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Julia has a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Liverpool.

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Mandy Townsend
Associate Director - Patient Safety Collaborative

Mandy is co-lead for the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative and our lead for the region’s Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, working...

Mandy is co-lead for the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative and our lead for the region’s Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative, working closely with maternity and neonatal services to help reduce avoidable harm to mothers and babies.

Mandy also leads a number of local projects to deliver improvements in patient safety through the spread of innovations, both technologies and processes, and provides leadership for our Medicines Optimisation work.

Mandy is a biomedical scientist specialising in biochemistry who worked in pathology for a number of years before moving into improvement work. Her role involves her in the range of healthcare systems from primary and community via emergency, to acute, mental health and tertiary services, with a focus on the impact of culture on team and organisational success. 

For 15 years before joining the Innovation Agency Mandy worked mainly in Wales, with Wales Audit Office, Healthcare Inspection Wales and Inspection Wales and Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

As well as her honours degree and Master’s, Mandy is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers and British Computer Society, and Affiliate of the Governance Institute: ICSA.

 

 

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Paul Brain
Project Manager

Paul is part of the Patient Safety Team, leading as a Project Manager on the Connected Health Cities and AF Collaborative programmes, amongst others....

Paul is part of the Patient Safety Team, leading as a Project Manager on the Connected Health Cities and AF Collaborative programmes, amongst others. He also deliver training on the Quality Improvement platform Life QI.

Paul is  a Prince2 and Agile certified Project Manager and developed his Project Management skills whilst working in IT Support and capacity management environments within other local and national public service organisations. His IT and data analysis skills are key to his project management style.

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Jen Gilroy-Cheetham
Programme Manager - Patient Safety Collaborative

Jen has worked as a Healthcare Scientist within the NHS for over 15 years. Trained as a Clinical Physiologist (Neurophysiology) within the UK"s only dedicated...

Jen has worked as a Healthcare Scientist within the NHS for over 15 years. Trained as a Clinical Physiologist (Neurophysiology) within the UK"s only dedicated Neuroscience Trust, where she obtained clinical competencies, registration and successfully qualified with a BSc (Hons). She then went on to undertake further academic qualifications and achieved a Masters (MSc) Clinical Physiology (Neurophysiology) in 2011. At present she is also completing a second (MSc) within Innovation and Improvement Science.

Active in the area of improvement science and innovation, with a previous role working for NHS England (Lancashire Area Team) as a Technology Adaption Specialist. Experience includes rolling out a web based incident reporting system for independent contractors within primary care across several Clinical Commissioning Groups and working for a US venture capital company on a real world evaluation of their product within the NHS. She currently sits on the North West Healthcare Science Network Workforce Board and was an AQUA Improvement Science Fellows for 2013-2014.

Jen has been undertaking work on improvement and innovation projects since starting the Innovation Agency in 2013 and works closely within the Innovation Scout programme. She is also maintains her professional registration with The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) and the Association of Neurophysiological Scientists (ANS).

Andrew Cooper
Associate Director Patient Safety

Andrew co-leads the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative and is our lead for the region’s Deteriorating Patient workstream, to minimise avoidable harm to...

Andrew co-leads the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative and is our lead for the region’s Deteriorating Patient workstream, to minimise avoidable harm to patients. He also co-ordinates a number of local projects to deliver improvements in patient safety through the spread of innovation; and he provides leadership for our musculoskeletal work.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience of working for the NHS, starting his career as a registered nurse specialising in community care. He has held roles in training and development as well as managing community nursing, health visiting and specialist nursing services. He has extensive experience in the commissioning of primary care and community services as well as planned and unplanned hospital care services, working across both health and social care sectors to improve outcomes for patients.  

As well as his Honours degree in nursing, Andrew also holds postgraduate qualifications in management and a diploma in Leadership for Quality Improvement. He has also achieved a distinction for a Health Executive MBA.

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Juliette Kumar
Associate Director for Improvement and Education

Juliette is a former nurse, manager, independent facilitator, Executive Coach and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University.  Juliette has a passion for people and for...

Juliette is a former nurse, manager, independent facilitator, Executive Coach and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University.  Juliette has a passion for people and for building positive workplace cultures, she has successfully led a wide variety of clinical and managerial improvement projects over her career and is currently working on developing a framework for skills and knowledge that can help the health and care system Put Innovation into Practice (PIP).  Juliette’s academic studies in Quality Improvement and evaluative research gives her an understanding the relationship between teams and patient experience, safety and efficiency.  Juliette is trained in psychological approaches to Coaching and has expertise in facilitation methods, Myers Briggs and Aston Team Development.  Juliette has a BSc (Hons) in Professional Nursing Practice, MSc Quality Improvement in Health Care and a PG Cert in Business & Executive Coaching.

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Jennifer Dodd
Associate Director of Transformation – Cheshire and Merseyside

Jennifer’s role is to support the spread and adoption of innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside. She works with local systems to understand their objectives,...

Jennifer’s role is to support the spread and adoption of innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside. She works with local systems to understand their objectives, using this knowledge to make introductions to people with relevant innovative solutions. This includes horizon scanning for the best national and international products, supporting the adoption of innovations developed by local SMEs and spreading best practice from within the NHS. 

Jennifer has a background in commissioning and service redesign in the NHS. Most recently she worked on the New Care Models programme, supporting vanguard sites across the country to develop population health and accountable care systems. 

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Adrian Quinn
Assistant Programme Manager – Digital

Adrian is part of the Innovation Agency digital team, supporting delivery of North West Coast strategies to improve health and social care through digital enablement...

Adrian is part of the Innovation Agency digital team, supporting delivery of North West Coast strategies to improve health and social care through digital enablement and transformation.

He cultivates and develops partnerships and collaborations in digital health, with a focus on social care, housing and integration.

Adrian has more than 20 years’ experience across a variety of roles in social care and housing. His work has centred on transformation, commissioning, engagement, partnerships, co-production, service re-design, innovation, place-based support and integration.  He holds an LLB (Hons), an MBA and PG Certs in both Leadership and Digital Health.

Sue Critchley
Programme Manager for Innovation Adoption

Sue Critchley works on the Spread and Adoption Strategy for the Innovation Agency in Cheshire and Merseyside. Her work includes spreading products covered by the...

Sue Critchley works on the Spread and Adoption Strategy for the Innovation Agency in Cheshire and Merseyside. Her work includes spreading products covered by the Innovation Technology Tariff and Innovation Technology Payment.

Sue has 24 years’ clinical experience in the NHS, as a physiotherapist in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic specialisms. This includes working as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in orthopaedic trauma, with interests in therapeutic communication, education and interprofessional clinical supervision, presenting at multiprofesional conferences. She has an MSc in Advanced Practice in Healthcare and PGDip in Manual Therapy.  She is an honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool and collaborates across multiple local universities developing partnerships to use research to inform health innovation and organisational change.

 

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Nicolas Sawyer
Digital Marketing Manager

Nicolas is responsible for the development and design of all Innovation Agency digital communications. This includes all websites linked with the Innovation Agency,...

Nicolas is responsible for the development and design of all Innovation Agency digital communications. This includes all websites linked with the Innovation Agency, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, surveys, blogs, podcasts and audio and video files.

Nicolas has a wealth of knowledge and experience in digital marketing and design, with 6 years' experience working for an entertainment marketing agency working in the digital team, a Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture, freelance design experience, as well as experience planning events to appear on the BBC.

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Deborah Parkinson
Public Involvement Lead

Debbie has a background in Citizenship and Participation and previously worked for Wigan Council as Citizenship Lead and NW Co-ordinator for National Healthy Schools Status...

Debbie has a background in Citizenship and Participation and previously worked for Wigan Council as Citizenship Lead and NW Co-ordinator for National Healthy Schools Status leading a large team and 143 schools to achieve ‘Healthy School Status’. She formed the joint schools’ Councils for both Primary and Secondary schools, ‘Little Voices’ and ‘Comunik8’ making real changes in schools and education.  Before joining the Innovation Agency, Debbie worked in the private sector on contract to the Department of Work and Pensions where work included both staff and customer forums.  She is passionate about people having a say in what affects them and making a difference and believes ‘Every Voice Matters’. 

Holding a teaching qualification and degree she has taught IT in the community and is a volunteer bereavement support worker for her local hospice.

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Michelle Rushton
Communications Officer

Michelle's role is to promote one of the Innovation Agency’s flagship programmes - Connected Health Cities (CHC). She engages with professionals and...

Michelle's role is to promote one of the Innovation Agency’s flagship programmes - Connected Health Cities (CHC). She engages with professionals and the public to bring the project to life and illustrate how #datasaveslives via the power of social media, blogs, videos, newsletters, websites, news stories and printed materials.

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Michelle beban as a trainee reporter andspent 18 years in print media, working her way up to newspaper sub-editor and editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine before moving into marketing and PR.  She now specialises in a broad range of communications.

 







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Charlotte Hall
Events Manager

Charlotte’s role focuses on facilitating innovation and education through events, providing a platform for industry leaders, healthcare specialists and partners to collaborate and improve...

Charlotte’s role focuses on facilitating innovation and education through events, providing a platform for industry leaders, healthcare specialists and partners to collaborate and improve care.

Charlotte has a degree in Biomedical Science and previously worked for Diabetes UK, leading programmes that focused on education for people living with diabetes. She has a background as a facilitator as well as in events and project management. Charlotte has a passion for education and behavioural psychology; she is currently studying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Phil Wright
Senior Communications Officer

Philip provides day-to-day support to the Communications and Events teams,  communicating with internal and external stakeholders, including event logistics. He is a...

Philip provides day-to-day support to the Communications and Events teams,  communicating with internal and external stakeholders, including event logistics.

He is a qualified journalist and has over five-years of experience working in communications and events with England Squash, the national governing body for the sport. He has expertise in engagement, participation, relationship building and events management.

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