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Meet the Innovation Agency team

Non-Executive Directors

Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE
Chair

Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE is the chair of the Innovation Agency. He also chairs Nature Connected, the Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership. He is honorary...

Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE is the chair of the Innovation Agency.

He also chairs Nature Connected, the Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership.

He is honorary adviser on the natural environment to the Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram and chairs the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment Steering Group.

Gideon is a former Reader in Sociology at the University of Liverpool where he has lectured, researched and published books and articles about race and ethnic relations. 

He was previously the chair of Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust and of NHS Merseyside.

Gideon is a former Liverpool city councillor for the multi-racial Granby (Princes Park) Ward, and has served as chair of the Education Committee and leader of the opposition.

He currently chairs the Management Committee of Granby Sure Start Early Years Centre within Kingsley Primary School where is the emeritus chair. He is Local Public Sector Director of the Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (Liftco).

Gideon 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. He began working in...

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

He began working in a variety of corporate marketing and strategic roles for the Dickinson Robinson Group, before managing two of their medical devices divisions.

In 1987, Bruce relocated from Bristol to Lancashire and joined Vernon Carus Ltd as an executive director. He was appointed managing director there in 1990 until the company was acquired in 2008. Bruce was also 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 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 its 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 the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) 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 responsibility for...

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.

Before joining the Wellcome Trust, she spent 16 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. 

Executive Directors

Dr Phil Jennings
Chief Executive

Dr Phil Jennings is a practising GP who joined the Innovation Agency as medical director in 2016, before being appointed as chief executive in autumn 2020. He...

Dr Phil Jennings is a practising GP who joined the Innovation Agency as medical director in 2016, before being appointed as chief executive in autumn 2020.

He has a specialist interest in cardiology and 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.

He moved to NHS England/Improvement North West as deputy medical director, a role he continued part time in his first year with the Innovation Agency.

Lorna Green
Director of Enterprise and Growth

Lorna is Director of Enterprise and Growth at the Innovation Agency; having served as commercial director since 2014 and Chief Operating Officer from 2017. Having started her...

Lorna is Director of Enterprise and Growth at the Innovation Agency; having served as commercial director since 2014 and Chief Operating Officer from 2017. Having started her career as a state registered dietitian in the NHS, Lorna has also worked in a variety of private sector 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.

Prior to joining the Innovation Agency Lorna was involved in launching over 40 new healthcare products and technologies both in the UK and internationally.

She is a member of the:

  • NHS Innovation Accelerator Operational Board
  • SBRI Health Strategic Advisory Board
  • Northern Health Science Alliance Council
  • Innovation and Health and Life Science Boards for Liverpool City Region
  • Innovation Board for Lancashire LEP
  • Knowledge Transfer Network Medical Technology (KTN) Advisory Board

 

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 services...

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.

Tony Woods
Director of Operations, Digital and Analytics

Tony is responsible for operational management, programme reporting and the digital programme within the agency, working closely with wider system partners. He has over 30 years...

Tony is responsible for operational management, programme reporting and the digital programme within the agency, working closely with wider system partners.

He has over 30 years experience in the NHS, in information management and transformational change roles. Prior to joining the IA Tony worked as Director of Strategy and Performance at Knowsley CCG. He played a key role in the development of the Healthy Liverpool Programme as Programme Director for the Community and Digital Transformation Programmes.

He has played a lead role in partnership working within the local health and care systems including joint commissioning with local authorities; Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, NWC CLAHRC and was previously a member of the Innovation Agency Partnership Board.

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 and Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability...

Carole leads on the spread and adoption strategy for the Innovation Agency.

She works with the Lancashire and South Cumbria and Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to support priority workstreams to ensure that innovative products, practices and services are known to NHS partners and used for patient benefit. She also works across the AHSN Network to enable effective knowledge exchange

Carole started her career in the banking and finance sector working in London as a commercial analyst before moving into management consultancy with a major UK firm. She then joined the health sector and has 20 years' experience in the NHS during which time she has worked as a provider, a commissioner and in regional and regulatory roles.

With significant experience in the planning and management of large-scale change in her role as Strategic Development Director of several large acute NHS providers across the North West, Carole 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.

Andrew Cooper
Clinical Director

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, starting as a registered nurse, specialising in community care and more recently as a senior manager in...

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, starting as a registered nurse, specialising in community care and more recently as a senior manager in commissioning, working across health and social care sectors.

His role at the Innovation Agency includes responsibility for delivering improvement programmes commissioned by NHS England and Improvement – in maternity and neonatal care; in early identification of patient deterioration in all care settings; in mental health; in medicines safety; and adoption and spread of innovations.

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.

Operations and digital

Jenni West
Associate Director for Digital Change

As Associate Director for Digital Change,Jenni's role involves understanding the digital strategies across Cheshire and Mersey and Lancashire and South Cumbria and trying to...

As Associate Director for Digital Change,Jenni's role involves understanding the digital strategies across Cheshire and Mersey and Lancashire and South Cumbria and trying to support their agendas then  linking them into national work.

Jenni has been supporting the ICS and HCP in Share2Care, our Local Health Care Record Exemplar, and the Empower the Person work stream in the development of Personal Health Records (PHRs). She also supports our SMEs by guiding them in what it means to be NHS/Social Care ready.

Having worked in the NHS for over 15 years as a Pharmacy Technician, she then moving in to Health Informatics working with iSOFT to design and implement their Pharmacy Stock control system for the UK&I, as well as working for NHS North West on the National Programme for IT as Business Change and Benefits lead, Across Lancashire on various projects from step up step down bed management systems to the implementation of the Health Information Exchange and more recently at NHS Digital as Engagement Lead for NHS login and PHRs.

Adrian Quinn
Programme Manager – Digital Change

Adrian is part of the Innovation Agency digital team, supporting delivery of North West Coast digital change strategies to transform and connect health and social...

Adrian is part of the Innovation Agency digital team, supporting delivery of North West Coast digital change strategies to transform and connect health and social care.

He cultivates and develops partnerships and collaborations, with an emphasis on social care, housing, integration and Technology Enabled Care. His work with Healthier Lancashire south Cumbria and Cheshire and Mersey Health and Care Partnership focuses on empowering people to take control of their health and care through digital solutions.  

Adrian has more than 20 years’ experience across a variety of roles in social care, housing and the community and voluntary sector.

His work has centred on transformation, commissioning, engagement, communications, policy, partnerships, co-production, service re-design, innovation, and integration.

He holds an LLB (Hons), an MBA and PG Certs in both Leadership and Digital Health.

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 the...

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.

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 communities...

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. 

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.

Sarah Whittle
Business Administration Assistant

Sarah currently assists the administration team booking meetings, travel and accommodation for staff and assists both the transformation and patient safety team by providing support...

Sarah currently assists the administration team booking meetings, travel and accommodation for staff and assists both the transformation and patient safety team by providing support in event coordination.

 She joined the Innovation Agency in November 2018. Sarah Previously worked in the charity sector for an organisation called the Dyslexia Foundation where is gained her NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Business Administration.

Sarah then went on to work for Alder Hey Children’s hospital as a Health Records Clerk for two years before joining us.

She hopes to further her studies and progress with the Innovation Agency.

 

System Partnerships Team

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. 

Eleanor Garnett-Bentley
Associate Director for Transformation - Lancashire

As Associate Director for Transformation within the Innovation Agency, Eleanor has a key focus on building collaboration and spread of evidenced-based innovation and emerging models...

As Associate Director for Transformation within the Innovation Agency, Eleanor has a key focus on building collaboration and spread of evidenced-based innovation and emerging models of care across the Lancashire and South Cumbria footprint.

Within the team, Eleanor takes the strategic lead for Active and Healthy Ageing. She also leads the Prevention and Population Health agenda for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System.

Eleanor is a qualified consultant in public health, having trained in the North West, and has extensive experience of working within both the provider and commissioning arms of the NHS, local authority and  academia, in the UK and overseas and also at regional and national levels.

She also has a special interest in European public health, having previously held the UK Chair of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health, and acted as the strategic lead in developing national guidance and policies for independent schools across the UK around vaccination and immunisation.

Sue Renwick
Programme Manager for Transformation

Sue Renwick has 30 years of NHS experience, as an MSK Physiotherapist, undertaking service improvement project in a variety of settings and as Programme Delivery Manager...

Sue Renwick has 30 years of NHS experience, as an MSK Physiotherapist, undertaking service improvement project in a variety of settings and as Programme Delivery Manager within local CCGs.

Passionate about improving health outcomes and reducing health inequality, she has a Master in Public Health and a PGDip in Management.

Sue will be working on adoption and spread of the MedTech Funding Mandate products, the remote consultation appreciative enquiry and support themed adoption of products from the Innovation Exchange.

Gemma Byrne
Programme Manager Innovation Adoption

Gemma Byrne works on the spread and adoption strategy for the Innovation Agency in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Her work includes spreading products covered by...

Gemma Byrne works on the spread and adoption strategy for the Innovation Agency in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Her work includes spreading products covered by the Innovation Technology Payment and the Accelerated Access Collaborative.

Gemma has previously worked as an audiologist for the NHS in Rochdale and Leeds before working in the commercial sector for a hearing aid manufacturer as a product trainer and product marketing manager. Her role involved helping clinicians improve the patient experience when providing new technologies such as hearing aids to patients. She also helped support product launches across a number of European countries.

Gemma then went on to work in the area of infection control, developing and marketing products to the NHS and distributors. She has regulatory experience in medical devices, cosmetics and biocides.

She is currently developing skills in Quality Improvement and Coaching which will help her support individuals and teams in Lancashire and South Cumbria with the adoption of innovations.

Charlotte Hall
Workforce Programme Manager

Charlotte’s role is to lead a programme that focuses on the workforce benefits of innovation, pathway transformation and staff wellbeing. Charlotte has a degree...

Charlotte’s role is to lead a programme that focuses on the workforce benefits of innovation, pathway transformation and staff wellbeing.

Charlotte has a degree in Biomedical Science as well as qualifications in coaching and cognitive behavioural therapy.

She has a background in health education and behaviour change working in the charity sector and is an experienced programme and events manager.

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.

 

Ed Millenstead
Programme Manager for Transformation

Ed’s role is to support the spread and adoption of innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside. Ed primarily works in collaboration with the Cheshire & Merseyside...

Ed’s role is to support the spread and adoption of innovation across Cheshire and Merseyside. Ed primarily works in collaboration with the Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership to understand the system level objectives, needs and priorities for the region and matching innovative solutions to address those needs.

This also serves to provide health system intelligence for the commercial team and local industry. Ed also provides programme management support to the Programme Delivery Office for the C&M Health & Care Partnership, building relationships with strategic programmes and Places in order to spread innovation.

Ed has a strong background in project and programme management and most recently worked with Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project, working collaboratively with a range of health care providers across the North West Coast.

 

 

Howerd Booth
Regional Programme Manager - Lancashire and South Cumbria

Howerd’s role is to match health needs to innovative solutions across Lancashire and South Cumbria. This involves working with local systems to understand their...

Howerd’s role is to match health needs to innovative solutions across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

This involves working with local systems to understand their objectives and using this knowledge to create partnerships to address difficult issues.

Howerd’s has many years multi-sector experience background in design, building, transformation, community/third sector, commerce, management consultancy, programme management, transformation and partnership working.

 He recently created and delivered the EPIC programme, supporting organisations across the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria partnership to work and learn together.

 

Rachel Mellor
Programme Manager – Transformation

Rachel is managing a project designed to support the health and wellbeing of staff across Cheshire and Merseyside. She is working with colleagues in the...

Rachel is managing a project designed to support the health and wellbeing of staff across Cheshire and Merseyside. She is working with colleagues in the area to enhance the wellbeing offer for staff, including the development of a digital wellbeing hub.

She has a background in Human Resources and programme management, most recently working as a Programme Manager for Warrington Together, Warrington’s Integrated Care Partnership, supporting the delivery of integrated health and social care.

Patient Safety and Care Improvement Team

Dr Julia Reynolds
Associate Director for Transformation

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...

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.

Mandy Townsend
Associate Director - Patient Safety

Mandy is a biomedical scientist and started as a Junior B, rotating around all departments before specialising in biochemistry. She worked in pathology for a...

Mandy is a biomedical scientist and started as a Junior B, rotating around all departments before specialising in biochemistry. She worked in pathology for a number of years before moving into improvement work in the late 1990s.

Mandy has been on secondment to the National Testing Cell and DHSC for the duration of the pandemic, working in the Operational Supplies team as Deputy Director to build testing capacity and deploy a number of new technologies at pace.

Mandy is lead for the North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative and is returning to the Innovation Agency to her role as Patient Safety Lead.

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.

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.

Michelle Coleiro
Programme Manager

Michelle works with the Atrial Fibrillation (AF) team at the Innovation Agency, providing Quality Improvement support for the AF Collaborative which helps CCGs and primary...

Michelle works with the Atrial Fibrillation (AF) team at the Innovation Agency, providing Quality Improvement support for the AF Collaborative which helps CCGs and primary care to detect people with AF and improve their management.

Prior to supporting the AF team, Michelle worked on alcohol awareness and evidence into practice projects at the Innovation Agency.

Before joining the Innovation Agency, Michelle worked with the CLAHRC for Greater Manchester for six years as a programme manager, working on quality improvement and service improvement projects, across several cardiovascular diseases and also mental health. She was also involved in running Quality Improvement Collaboratives in primary care and implementing new services for people with pre-diabetes and mental health problems.

Michelle also worked in the pharmaceutical Industry for 11 years, supporting medical education and market access activities, in both commercial and editorial roles.

Connie Sharrock
Programme Manager for Medicines Safety

Connie Sharrock is our programme manager for developing medicines safety and will be scoping a local polypharmacy offer. A qualified pharmacist, Connie has also worked...

Connie Sharrock is our programme manager for developing medicines safety and will be scoping a local polypharmacy offer.

A qualified pharmacist, Connie has also worked as a patient safety improvement advisor supporting the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

 

 

 

 

Katie Whittle
Programme Manager for Patient Safety

Katie is a Programme Manager for the Patient Safety Team and supports the delivery of the National Patient Safety Strategy leading on the Managing Deterioration (...

Katie is a Programme Manager for the Patient Safety Team and supports the delivery of the National Patient Safety Strategy leading on the Managing Deterioration (ManDetSIP) workstream and the adoption and spread of local priorities – Safe Tracheostomy Care, COPD discharge bundle and Asthma discharge bundle.

As part of the ManDetSIP programme, Katie’s focus is on the 3 ambitions:

  • Scale up of the COVID Oximetry @home model across the North West Coast.
  • Support the spread and adoption of the Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) across all appropriate settings.
  • Scale up adoption of deterioration management tools, including NEWS2 and RESTORE2, and reliable Personalised Care and Support Planning (PCSP) including treatment escalation plan.

Katie has over 20 years’ experience of nursing and working in the NHS and has clinical expertise in deterioration and sepsis, as well as a background in quality improvement.

Alice Fletcher
Programme Manager for Patient Safety (Mental Health)

  Alice is a Programme Manager for the Patient Safety Team supporting the delivery of the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP). The MHSIP focuses on 4...

 

Alice is a Programme Manager for the Patient Safety Team supporting the delivery of the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme (MHSIP).

The MHSIP focuses on 4 ambitions which Alice will play a key role in:

  • Reduce suicide and deliberate self-harm in inpatient mental health services, the healthcare workforce and non-mental health acute settings
  • Reduce the incidence of restrictive practice in inpatient mental health and learning disability services by 50% by March 2024
  • Improve the sexual safety of patients and staff on inpatient mental health units and within learning disability services by 50% above baseline by March 2024
  • Setup and co-ordinate Mental Health Patient Safety Networks by June 2021 and develop and establish these by March 2022

Alice holds a BSc in Psychology and has a passion for Mental Health research. She is also in the final stages of studying for an MSc in Transforming Integrated Health and Social Care.

Amanda Andrews
Programme Manager

Amanda is a programme manager for the patient safety team and supports the delivery of the Matneo SIP workstream. Amanda is a registered nurse and...

Amanda is a programme manager for the patient safety team and supports the delivery of the Matneo SIP workstream.

Amanda is a registered nurse and midwife who has experience within quality improvement and governance. 

Amanda is currently participating in the Each Baby Counts learn and support national project as a local development lead. This work has included the co-design and testing of new approaches to promote positive and supportive workplace practices around clinical escalation of care.

Jane Briers
Programme Manager

Jane Briers is the cardiovascular disease prevention (CVD) Programme Manager, a jointly funded post by the Innovation Agency and Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (...

Jane Briers is the cardiovascular disease prevention (CVD) Programme Manager, a jointly funded post by the Innovation Agency and Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (ChaMPs). A former Cardiac Nurse Advisor, Jane has held other roles across the Cheshire and Merseyside region including Long Term Conditions Education Lead and Public Health Programme Manager.

Jane has joined the Innovation Agency from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) where she worked closely with Cheshire & Merseyside system partners as part of the delivery of projects related to the BHF funding.

Verity Mather
Project Manager

Verity Mather is a Project Manager working on the Innovation Agency’s Managing Deterioration and Adoption and Spread programmes. She has more than 20 years’ experience...

Verity Mather is a Project Manager working on the Innovation Agency’s Managing Deterioration and Adoption and Spread programmes. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the NHS, mostly in cardiology covering coronary care and acute cardiac monitoring units.  She also has intensive care and accident and emergency experience.

She is on secondment with the Innovation Agency from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital where she has been working in research and innovation, linking with the NWC Clinical Research Network, universities, Liverpool Health Partners and industry.

As well as experience in managing various nurse teams Verity has a strong interest in healthcare leadership and quality improvement and is currently completing the NHS Leadership Academy Mary Seacole programme.

Paul Brain
Project Manager

Paul is part of the Patient Safety Team, leading as a Project Manager on the MatNeo, Escape Pain and Care Home Collaborative programmes, amongst others....

Paul is part of the Patient Safety Team, leading as a Project Manager on the MatNeo, Escape Pain and Care Home 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.

 

Rebecca Wardle
Patient Safety Project Manager

Rebecca is a project manager in the Patient Safety team and will be initially supporting Katie Whittle with the deterioration work stream. Rebecca is PRINCE 2...

Rebecca is a project manager in the Patient Safety team and will be initially supporting Katie Whittle with the deterioration work stream.

Rebecca is PRINCE 2 certified with a background in delivering projects, change and implementations across a variety of sectors and industries in managed service recruitment. Rebecca has also worked on global transformation initiatives, all of which have had people at their centre.

Rhiannon Clarke
Project Manager

Rhiannon is a project manager working alongside all the programme managers. Her particular focus is on the Long Term Conditions Framework. Her role involves supporting...

Rhiannon is a project manager working alongside all the programme managers. Her particular focus is on the Long Term Conditions Framework.

Her role involves supporting the dissemination and rollout of support tools that enable CCGs, practices and services to identify and manage patients with LTCs using a virtual-first approach. These tools will support recovery and restoration post-COVID-19 in primary care.

Rhiannon previously managed the Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub biobank, based in the University of Liverpool, for 10 years. The biobank was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with the aim of helping SMEs access high-quality biosamples and data.

Before this, her background was in laboratory-based health research, having worked both in the research labs at LHCH and then the Institute of Translational Medicine in the University of Liverpool.

Rosemary Hughes
Patient Safety and Care Improvement Project Manager

With robust industry grounding in the marketing and communications sector, Rosie Hughes transferred to allied health, re-training as an occupational therapist. Working initially in mental...

With robust industry grounding in the marketing and communications sector, Rosie Hughes transferred to allied health, re-training as an occupational therapist. Working initially in mental health community teams, she subsequently moved into clinical trials management, coordinating various trials across the respiratory portfolio.

Rosie has a PhD in Health Services Research from University of Liverpool, supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). The Innovation Agency project management role provides a unique opportunity to draw together her experience across industry, academia and healthcare.

Rosie is a project manager in the Patient Safety and Care Improvement team, working across various respiratory workstreams.

Michael Foo
Project Manager

Michael is a Project Manager in the patient safety team working on the cardiovascular disease (CVD) and lipid management programme. This involves working alongside NHS...

Michael is a Project Manager in the patient safety team working on the cardiovascular disease (CVD) and lipid management programme. This involves working alongside NHS colleagues throughout the North West Coast to support the implementation of various pilots for the better management of cardiovascular diseases.

Prior to joining the Innovation Agency Michael worked as a project manager for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, designing and implementing an HR system that was rolled out across the North West.

Anika Neill
Project Manager

Anika is a project manager in the Patient Safety team. She has over 15 years’ experience of working in public health and behaviour change programmes across...

Anika is a project manager in the Patient Safety team. She has over 15 years’ experience of working in public health and behaviour change programmes across North West communities for the NHS and for local authorities. Her main specialism is in public health nutrition and reducing the gap in health inequalities in communities by using innovative and creative ways to deliver public health messages.  

Prior to working at the Innovation Agency she was project managing a Lottery-funded programme aimed at improving health and wellbeing outcomes for the over 55s during the pandemic, and improving community access to blue and green space. Anika is PRINCE2 foundation certified, and currently studying towards her practitioner qualification.

Lauren Peate
Project Support Officer

Lauren provides all aspects of support to the Patient Safety & Care Improvement team while completing a Higher Level Apprenticeship. She joined the Innovation Agency is 2017...

Lauren provides all aspects of support to the Patient Safety & Care Improvement team while completing a Higher Level Apprenticeship. She joined the Innovation Agency is 2017 and has previously worked in the events and corporate support teams.

Enterprise and Growth Team

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
Associate Director Partnerships

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,...

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

Colin Callow
Head of International Programmes

Colin is Head of the Innovation Agency’s international programmes including EIT Health Bridgehead Europe and Global programmes, providing market access support to best in...

Colin is Head of the Innovation Agency’s international programmes including EIT Health Bridgehead Europe and Global programmes, providing market access support to best in class international innovators, start-ups and scale-ups in both the UK and US markets.

Colin has extensive experience with innovation, technology adoption and service transformation to enable innovation in healthcare. He specialises in technology adoption and market access strategy development and implementation. Colin has extensive experience creating and implementing strategies to support the introduction of innovative medical technologies in a wide range of clinical settings and has a track record in developing partnerships with diverse key opinion leaders and stakeholders at local, national and international level.

Dr Phil Carvil
HealthTec Cluster Manager

Phil is responsible for the development of the HealthTec Cluster, funded under a joint partnership between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (part of UK...

Phil is responsible for the development of the HealthTec Cluster, funded under a joint partnership between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (part of UK Research and Innovation) and the Innovation Agency.

Previously, Phil worked for three years for King’s Health Partners in London across 22 Clinical Academic Groups specialising in research analytics. During this time he undertook his PhD and an MSc at Kings College London in Aerospace Physiology at the Centre of Human and Applied Physiological Sciences, focused on evaluating an astronaut health countermeasure for the European Space Agency.

Earlier, he worked for Nuffield Health after undertaking a BSc and MSc in exercise science from the University of Chichester.

A firm believer in promoting diversity, inclusion and equality in life sciences, he is also a trustee for the LGBT+ charitable trust ‘Pride in STEM’.

 

Andy Cairns
Liverpool City Region Commercial Manager

Andy works with partners at Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool City Region Growth Company to support LCR SME develop innovative healthcare solutions for the...

Andy works with partners at Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool City Region Growth Company to support LCR SME develop innovative healthcare solutions for the NHS and social care market.

Andy has worked in the public and private sector and has worked on multi million pound programmes ranging from Carbon Management programme to Building Schools for the Future to a Greater Manchester PACS Picture Archiving and Communications System.

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 a...

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.

 

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.

Laura Boland
Innovation Insight Programme Manager

Laura leads on our programme of innovation insight; coordinating our innovation pipeline and the progression of urgent solutions with the greatest potential impact to health...

Laura leads on our programme of innovation insight; coordinating our innovation pipeline and the progression of urgent solutions with the greatest potential impact to health and care.

She works closely with our industry partners across the North West to develop insight and understand the impact of their innovations on health outcomes, and support them in closing gaps in evidence and value demonstration so they are ready for adoption and spread.

Laura also communicates closely with the AHSN Network to share knowledge of our regional innovators and identify innovative solutions that could bring health and care benefits nationwide.

Prior to joining us she spent 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as a market access specialist launching multiple transformational products, and previously in business development. She has also worked as a self-employed marketing consultant.

Laura holds a BSc Biology and an MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare.

Kevin Moreton
International Programme Manager

Kevin Moreton joined the Innovation Agency’s Commercial Team in August 2020 to work on the EIT Bridgehead Programme and other international programmes. He brings with...

Kevin Moreton joined the Innovation Agency’s Commercial Team in August 2020 to work on the EIT Bridgehead Programme and other international programmes.

He brings with him over 10 years’ experience of working on a wide range of NHS-related projects having previously been employed by both the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) and TRUSTECH. 

During his time at NTAC, Kevin was responsible for managing the Showcase Hospitals Programme and other related healthcare-associated infections initiatives such as The Design Bugs Out. He helped NTAC to develop its commercial offer for industry and was responsible for supporting companies to access the NHS market, as well as writing many Department of Health commissioned reports and contributing to NICE guidance documents.

At TRUSTECH, Kevin supported Health Innovation Manchester programmes such as The Innovation NEXUS, The Regional Digital Health Accelerator Programme and STEP Into Healthcare. During this time he developed a strong understanding of the work of the Academic Health Science Network’s programmes and initiatives.

He also assisted with the delivery of the Manchester Growth Hubs Life Science Sectors programme, supporting a wide range of SMEs in their attempts to develop and sell products to the NHS.

Now Kevin will help our supported companies to identify and engage with key NHS contacts and navigate the UK NHS landscape.

 

Hannah Randles
Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences

Hannah Randles is the Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences for Growth Platform – the Liverpool City Region Growth Company and the Innovation Agency; she...

Hannah Randles is the Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences for Growth Platform – the Liverpool City Region Growth Company and the Innovation Agency; she also provides executive support for the Health and Life Science Board managed by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Hannah works alongside colleagues in the city region to support and develop the health and life sciences sector with a focus on business growth, inward investment, collaboration/networking support and wider strategic initiatives.

Previously, Hannah worked at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, supporting innovation in the trust and working with partners around the ERDF-funded programme Health Innovation Exchange. She has also worked in education, supporting schools to connect with business (specifically in the health and life sciences sectors) and as part of a project team at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Haku Bhatt
Innovation Programme Manager

Haku is the first joint appointment between the Innovation Agency and Liverpool Health Partners (LHP). Working on the innovation insight programme, his role is to...

Haku is the first joint appointment between the Innovation Agency and Liverpool Health Partners (LHP).

Working on the innovation insight programme, his role is to ensure alignment of activities with LHP programmes and maximize the opportunity to coordinate the Innovation Agency’s processes and operational structures to support the ongoing adoption and spread of products. A key priority is to nurture a culture of innovation, to promote and support entrepreneurship and achieve a system-wide approach to innovation for patient benefit.

Having spent over 18 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of commercial and market access leadership roles, Haku’s relevant expertise includes developing novel value propositions/value-based solutions across healthcare systems, and in-depth knowledge of product lifecycle management, including measurement of product adoption and implementation. This background will help develop innovative ideas and concepts into outputs and products which will improve the health of the local population and health service outcomes.

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 ENSAFE. Previously,...

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.

Previously, she 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. 

Tracy Milsom
ERDF Project Compliance Manager

Tracy ensures compliance of the Cheshire and Warrington Health MATTERS project which is in receipt of grant money through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ...

Tracy ensures compliance of the Cheshire and Warrington Health MATTERS project which is in receipt of grant money through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

She is also involved in promoting best practice across all three current ERDF projects and working on guidelines and procedures for the three new Health MATTERS business support projects that will commence later this year.

Tracy has a wealth of experience having worked in grant funded programmes across the North West for 11 years. She was claims and monitoring manager for the £32m regional Growth Fund project at Lancaster University and went on to manage the project support unit there, looking after a portfolio of 12 ERDF and local growth fund projects.  She also has 13 years’ experience in environmental toxicology contract research and development.

 

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 years...

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.

Louise Houghton
International Project Administrator

Louise supports the Head of International Programmes and the International Programme Manager with the delivery of EIT Health’s Bridgehead Europe and Bridgehead Global programmes....

Louise supports the Head of International Programmes and the International Programme Manager with the delivery of EIT Health’s Bridgehead Europe and Bridgehead Global programmes. Louise has also previously worked on the Cheshire & Warrington and Liverpool City Region ERDF projects.

Louise has a background in transformational change and worked on the delivery and implementation of the government’s Welfare Reform agenda at the Department for Work and Pensions prior to joining the Innovation Agency. Louise is Prince2 Foundation certified an is currently studying Managing Successful Programmes Foundation.

Public involvement

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.

David Dewhurst
Public Involvement Officer

David has a background in support and guidance, over the last 11 years he has worked with members of the public within employment and engagement settings...

David has a background in support and guidance, over the last 11 years he has worked with members of the public within employment and engagement settings as a subcontractor to the Department of Work & Pensions.

David is experienced in building customer groups, developing questionnaires and gaining un-influenced customer feedback within a variety of settings.

Coaching Academy

Juliette Kumar
Associate Director Innovation Agency Coaching Academy

Juliette is a manager, expert facilitator, coach and improver.  Her 25 year career in the NHS began in nursing and then moved seamlessly into improving quality...

Juliette is a manager, expert facilitator, coach and improver.  Her 25 year career in the NHS began in nursing and then moved seamlessly into improving quality of care for patients and their families in the roles that she held.

Juliette became curious about methods beyond that of traditional QI tools and techniques which led her to explore the application of facilitation, coaching and communities of practice as tools that support development of relational and cultural aspects of improvement. 

Juliette leads on the development of a system culture for innovation and improvement at the Innovation Agency.  In 2018 she set up the Coaching Academy to deliver learning experiences for individuals and teams aimed at building positive cultures for innovation and improvement.

Jen Kohan
Head of Programmes, Innovation Agency Coaching Academy

Jen Kohan is an educator and instructional specialist with a passion for connected, experiential learning, and design thinking.  After twenty years in the American public...

Jen Kohan is an educator and instructional specialist with a passion for connected, experiential learning, and design thinking.

 After twenty years in the American public education system as a teacher, cognitive coach, and equity program coordinator, she currently serves the Innovation Agency as Head of the Coaching Academy. Her work is grounded in reflective-practice, evidence-based improvement, and collaborative principles.

She holds a BA (Hons) in English and an MA (Hons) in Humanities, Qualified Teacher Status, and is trained in intercultural competencies, online learning, cognitive coaching, and implementation science.

Jen believes that a coach best serves individuals and teams through guided thinking structures related to specific needs and goals, as determined by participant stakeholders.

 

Lindsey Roome
Programme Manager, Innovation Agency Coaching Academy

Lindsey is part of our Improvement and Education Team, designing and delivering programmes through our Coaching Academy. She previously worked at NHS England in Lancashire...

Lindsey is part of our Improvement and Education Team, designing and delivering programmes through our Coaching Academy. She previously worked at NHS England in Lancashire and South Cumbria as part of the prevention and population health team; and delivering the digital strategy in the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System.

She has a wealth of experience in managing programmes and is skilled in organisational development, as a facilitator, a Myers Briggs practitioner, a coach, a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and a Lean and Aston Team Leader Development advisor.  

Her earlier career was in both acute and primary care settings and earlier worked in human resources and training, delivering a number of national projects.

Wendy Burton
Programme Manager, Innovation Agency Coaching Academy

Wendy is an experienced team coach, qualified in Aston methodology; and a qualified personal coach. She has trained in human factors; project management; Quality Improvement...

Wendy is an experienced team coach, qualified in Aston methodology; and a qualified personal coach. She has trained in human factors; project management; Quality Improvement and LEAN methodology; emotional intelligence coaching and leadership methods using neuro linguistic programming; and more recently Team Time with the Point of Care Foundation.

Since taking a BA (hons) in clinical leadership and MSc in healthcare leadership she has specialised in organisational development and effectiveness. Wendy’s previous roles have been in community and general practice nursing, management, improvement and commissioning.

More recently she has worked in the prison sector helping to embed restorative approaches through trauma informed care and team based working. She has also worked closely with local community health providers Mersey Care on their Restorative Just and learning Culture programme.

Wendy’s passion is restorative practice and team coaching, blending cultural values-based approaches that improve psychological safety with quality improvement methods, which ultimately create the conditions for innovation in practice.

Karla Rimaitis
Improvement and Innovation Coach

Karla is a Improvement and Innovation Coach in the Coaching Academy team. Her role is to support the improvement and education offering of the Innovation...

Karla is a Improvement and Innovation Coach in the Coaching Academy team. Her role is to support the improvement and education offering of the Innovation Agency which includes the development of education materials for stakeholders and management of our communities of practice.

 Karla began her NHS career as an apprentice and has since gained over 15 years experience within a community setting mainly within HR and Education Services for the North West region. 

Karla has been recognised over the years for the work she has achieved with the ‘Talent for Care’ agenda showing real passion to develop staff and others through widening participation and is an awarding winning mentor. 

Karla has a degree in Fine Art and has also recently completed a PGCE and is passionate about all things visual , you can often find her sketchnoting and showing work on twitter @krimaitis

 

Molly Bridgewood
Project Office Apprentice

Molly provides support to a busy team including administration and logistics and she is currently completing a level four project management apprenticeship for 18 months whilst...

Molly provides support to a busy team including administration and logistics and she is currently completing a level four project management apprenticeship for 18 months whilst at the Innovation Agency.

Previously, Molly worked as a supervisor at a local business. She joined the Innovation Agency in September 2018, with this being her first NHS role. Molly is looking to further her studies in project management and to progress with the Innovation Agency.

 

Communications and Engagement Team

Greg Stringer
Communications Manager

Contact Greg if you have any queries about the communications portfolio, including public relations, social or traditional media or presentations. Greg started his career in...

Contact Greg if you have any queries about the communications portfolio, including public relations, social or traditional media or presentations.

Greg started his career in journalism and worked for regional newspaper titles in the Midlands and in the North West for around 12 years, and was latterly based in Manchester where he was responsible for several regional editions of the free ‘commuter newspaper’ Metro.

He moved into public relations in the early 2000s when he joined the Ministry of Defence in Liverpool where he was responsible for public relations for the Royal Navy, Army and RAF in the North West. This was an often turbulent period for the MoD as the UK military became involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Greg moved into NHS communications in 2013 when he became a freelance communications consultant. He was appointed to oversee communications for the Greater Manchester partner in the national Cancer Vanguard, a programme that piloted new approaches to cancer services.

 

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, social media...

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.

Nigel Thompson
Content and Engagement Manager

Nigel joins the Innovation Agency at an interesting time for the organisation. He brings over 30 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist and has enjoyed working...

Nigel joins the Innovation Agency at an interesting time for the organisation.

He brings over 30 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist and has enjoyed working as a BBC health correspondent, presenter and producer in London, the south east and north west. During his time with the BBC he worked on assignment in Europe and the US winning a number of awards for his journalism.

More recently he was the University of Cumbria’s Media Manager and joins the IA after time with BAE Systems where he worked as External Communications Manager within the company’s Maritime sector.

He hopes his experience will enable the Innovation Agency and wider Academic Health Science Networks to make use of a variety of methods to spread news of successful developments even more widely.

An active, Chartered member of the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) and father of two, Nigel lives in Cumbria and enjoys making the most of the great outdoors.

Phil Wright
Senior Marketing and Events 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 qualified journalist and...

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.

Alison Mythen
Events Coordinator

Alison is an events co-ordinator in the Events Team. Alison works on the organisations portfolio of events, primarily involved in our two awards events The...

Alison is an events co-ordinator in the Events Team.

Alison works on the organisations portfolio of events, primarily involved in our two awards events The Excellence in Supply Awards and The North West Coast Awards.

She has a background in events and projects both in the public and private sector.

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