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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 Liz Mear
Chief Executive

Dr Liz Mear is Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast. The Innovation Agency supports the...

Dr Liz Mear is Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast. The Innovation Agency supports the health and care sector to adopt innovations and acts as a broker with industry partners who have technologies and other products to benefit health and care organisations.

Liz was Chief Executive of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and has been a Director in an acute NHS Trust, a mental health NHS foundation trust and an ambulance trust. She has also worked in local government and as a senior management consultant.

Liz is an External Director of the Northern Health Science Alliance and of Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership; a Non-Executive Director for Health Education England; and is the past Chair of both the national AHSN Network and Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network.

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, Phil 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 also joined the management team of Wirral Primary Care Trust 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, as well as being 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.

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.

Alan Davies
Director of Digital Health/Deputy-Chair of the Digital & AI INN (the AHSN Network)

Alan chairs the Innovation Agency Digital Expert Group and co-leads the AHSN Network Digital & AI INN. He is a member of the national NHS multiagency...

Alan chairs the Innovation Agency Digital Expert Group and co-leads the AHSN Network Digital & AI INN. He is a member of the national NHS multiagency Empower the Person (EtP) Steering Group as well as a member of the newly set up Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 programme board – Dementia and Technology group.

Regionally, Alan is a member of the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Digital Revolution Programme Board. He is also chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Clinical Informatics Advisory Group, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria Digital Board and the Pennine Lancashire Digital Health Board.

Prior to joining the AHSN Network, Alan held strategic executive directorship roles in the multinational medtech/assistive technology industry (Philips & Tunstall Healthcare) following a long career in multinational management consultancy (Partner PA Consulting, PwC and Gemini Consulting). 

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.

Corporate support and operations

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.

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).

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.  She...

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.

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.

 

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. 

Commercial

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’.

 

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

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.

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. 

Laura Boland
Programme Manager/ Product Manager

Laura works closely with our industry partners across the North West to understand the impact of their innovations on health outcomes, and support them in...

Laura works closely with our industry partners across the North West to understand the impact of their innovations on health outcomes, and support them in demonstrating this value to the NHS.

She communicates with the AHSN Network to share knowledge of our regional innovators and identify innovative products nationwide that could bring health and care benefits to the North West region. Collaborating with our transformation team, they are able to match local need to national innovation to accelerate spread and adoption.

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 B.Sc Biology and an M.Sc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare.

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.

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.

Patient Safety

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Val Tarbath
Project Manager

Val is part of the Patient Safety team , leading as a project manager on the National Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) programme. With a background in ...

Val is part of the Patient Safety team , leading as a project manager on the National Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) programme.

With a background in nursing, Val has advanced practice qualifications and clinical experience in occupational health, ophthalmology, quality improvement/assurance and safeguarding adults.

She also has experience of assessing public services at a national level.

David Lloyd
Project Manager

David is a project manager for two of the Innovation Agency's flagship programmes - Connected Health Cities (CHC) and Atrial Fibrillation (AF). As part of...

David is a project manager for two of the Innovation Agency's flagship programmes - Connected Health Cities (CHC) and Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

As part of his role on the North West Coast CHC programme, David supports the delivery of Liverpool CCG/University of Liverpool and Hartree data science Alcohol Related Liver Disease (ARLD) data project. His other area of focus is supporting primary care teams with finding and treating patients with AF. 

David has previously worked for a number of NHS organisations including Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and North West Ambulance Service where he implemented clinical systems and medicines supply chains.

 

Earlier in his career, David worked for United Utilities in operational and systems implementation roles across the North West of England.

 

He has extensive experience of successfully managing and delivering change and improvement projects, across a number of industries. Other change roles have involved working with buying and commercial teams on programmes to establish and improve national and international supply chains and buying organisations across Asia,for retail companies including Clarks, Boots and Mothercare.    

Helen Beaumont-Kellner
Project Manager

Helen is a project manager for the Patient Safety team working on atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention, as well as the Connected Health Cities programme....

Helen is a project manager for the Patient Safety team working on atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention, as well as the Connected Health Cities programme.

Her role involves networking and working in collaboration with healthcare and IT professionals from community pharmacy, primary care and NHS trusts to ensure projects are completed to time and target in the interest of improving patient care.

A trained nurse, Helen was previously a consultant who worked on healthcare apps. She has also worked for GSK as scientific director for the Community Team on the Salford Lung Study, helping to recruit 6000 asthma and COPD patients, and was the clinical research and business development manager for the Wellbeing Software Group where she was involved with setting up contracts with the Biobank and gaining NICE endorsement for maternity software.

 

Susan Taylor
Project Manager

Susan is a project manager in the Patient Safety Collaborative with a focus on emergency laparotomy, COPD and the discharge bundle. Her role involves co-ordinating...

Susan is a project manager in the Patient Safety Collaborative with a focus on emergency laparotomy, COPD and the discharge bundle. Her role involves co-ordinating a number of local projects to deliver improvements in patient safety through the spread of innovations.

Before joining the Innovation Agency, Susan previously worked at NICE in guideline commissioning and at Eastern Cheshire CCG as a transformation project manager.

In her earlier career, Susan was a Royal Military Police Officer in the armed forces before working as a civil servant for two decades, predominately within benefits delivery, where she was an experienced quality assurance manager.

Susan is now a fully qualified project manager and an associate member of the Association for Project Management (APM) which is the chartered body for the project profession.

Michelle Coleiro
Quality Improvement Lead

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 joins us as Programme Manager for Patient Safety, from Wirral University Teaching Hospitals.  Katie has over 20 years’ experience of nursing and working in the...

Katie joins us as Programme Manager for Patient Safety, from Wirral University Teaching Hospitals. 

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.

She will be supporting the delivery of the National Patient Safety Strategy with a particular focus on the ‘early recognition and response to physical deterioration’ and the adoption and spread of local priorities - the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative and COPD discharge bundle.

 

Digital health

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.

Transformation

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.

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. 

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.

 

Learning and improvement

Juliette Kumar
Associate Director for Improvement and Education

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 Coaching

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.

 

Karla Rimaitis
Project Manager

Karla is a Project Manager for Improvement and Education in the Transformation Team. Her role is to support the improvement and education offering of the...

Karla is a Project Manager for Improvement and Education in the Transformation 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

 

Events

Charlotte Hall
Programme Manager for Engagement

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 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.

Molly Bridgewood
Events Assistant

Molly’s role provides support to a busy calendar of events including administration and logistics. Molly previously worked as a supervisor at a local business....

Molly’s role provides support to a busy calendar of events including administration and logistics.

Molly previously 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 and events management and to progress with the Innovation Agency.

Communications

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.

Michael Sullivan
Senior Communications Officer

Mike’s role is to support the work of the Innovation Agency by raising awareness of innovations in healthcare in the region and nationally, researching...

Mike’s role is to support the work of the Innovation Agency by raising awareness of innovations in healthcare in the region and nationally, researching and producing content for news releases, case studies, videos and other media.

With over ten years’ experience in marketing, communications and public relations, Mike has worked across a variety of sectors including architecture and the built environment, wildlife conservation and the Armed Services.

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 the public...

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.

Experience (one or two sentences):

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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