Meet the Team

The AHSN NENC team is made up of an Executive, a Core Team who provide central support, and Programme Managers who lead on our Health Improvement and Patient Safety Programmes.

Find out more about the members of our team below.

After working in finance and contract roles for over 19 years at Myson Heating, a leading supplier and manufacturer of heat emitters, she was then appointed as administrator at Newcastle City Council, firstly in City Engineering Services and then the Community and Regeneration Directorate where she worked for 2 years. In 1999 Anne was appointed as Project Administrator and then later Project Officer at the Quality of Life Partnership providing project management support to the Elders Council of Newcastle a registered charity that works in partnership with other organisations in the city to meet the city’s ambition to become an age-friendly city. Part of her role was to support Elders Council members to…

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Following a Business Studies degree, Carol commenced her NHS career in South Wales in 1985, joining the Welsh Management Training Scheme and studying for the Health Services Management Diploma. In 1988, she moved to the Lewisham and North Southwark Health Authority and became the Head of District Planning, before moving to Manchester in 1991 to pursue a number of planning roles in the Health Authority, two NHS Trusts, the Regional Office and Cancer Network. Carol followed her husband, a Geordie, to the sunny North East in 2003, working as a commissioner in a variety of planning, performance and provider management…

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Maxine joined the AHSN-NENC from the NHS in April 2018 as Project Support Officer to the Patient Safety Collaborative. She started her career journey with the NHS in 1992 and has a clinical background in both Emergency Nursing & Midwifery. In addition, Maxine has experience of managing an Antenatal/Postnatal Ward and of delivering several clinical skills related courses; not only for the Trust where she worked but also for an FE College and a leading University. More recently in her role as Governance Midwife for an NHS Foundation Trust in the South West of England she completed route cause analysis and human…

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Joanne joined the AHSN NENC as PA to the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director in 2016 before being appointed as Office Manager in 2017.  In addition, Joanne also supports the Chief Operations Officer and the Executive Team. Prior to joining the AHSN NENC Joanne has built up over 25 years’ work experience working as a Secretary/PA and prides herself on the importance of flexibility, confidentiality, attention to detail and the need to juggle multiple tasks at any one time in fast paced working environments.

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After attaining an HND in Business Studies with Languages (French and Spanish) Karen spent 2 years working in various roles in family-run hotels and small businesses in France and Switzerland to perfect her use and knowledge of the French language. In 1979 she relocated to the mining town of Grande Cache, Alberta to embark on a career in finance, as the Accounting Clerk for the Smoky River Coal Ltd.’s Housing Office.  Soon after she was appointed to the position of Housing Manager, responsible for the administration of House Sales, Rentals, Purchases and Upkeep for the circa 1200 homes provided by…

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After attaining an MPhil in Applied Physics, Victoria spent a number of years working as a patent attorney in the North West, London and the North East.  Primary responsibilities included drafting patent applications for the UK and abroad, and prosecuting patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices. Victoria then moved to RTC North Limited, where she spent around ten years working as an Intellectual Property Manager for NHS Innovations North, having responsibility for the management of patent applications belonging to NHS Trusts and SMEs in the region. 2016 saw her move to the AHSN NENC as an Intellectual…

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Charlotte Fox has recently joined the AHSN NENC as Innovation Manager. Prior to working in the NHS Charlotte gained a degree in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Drug Discovery and Development and was a postgraduate oncology research assistant at the University of Sunderland with a specific interest in proteomics and genomics. Charlotte started out her career by working as a Clinical Trials Officer, facilitating clinical trials across several specialities at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Since this time Charlotte has managed innovation across City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, working with the Research & Innovation department…

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Mark is one of the Innovation Managers at the AHSN NENC. He previously worked within the Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) where he held a few roles including; Research Operations Manager (Medical Technology) and Study Support Coordinator. Prior to working in the LCRN he worked in Newcastle’s Joint Research Office. After joining the AHSN NENC in 2018 Mark now works within the Economic Growth workstream and assists non-commercial entities in developing, commercialising and gaining adoption of their innovations.

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Sue began working in the NHS as a student nurse in 1978. She is a Registered General Nurse, educated to masters’ level and holds numerous qualifications in the management of respiratory disease. She now has over 40 years of specialist knowledge and experience within both the NHS and pharmaceutical industry. Sue began working with the AHSN NENC in 2014 leading a COPD project in the west of Newcastle. In 2015 she took on the role of Respiratory Programme Lead across the NENC with responsibility for the development of a three-year programme of education, innovation and support to meet the needs…

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Kate joined the NHS is 1991 as a Research Officer with North Derbyshire Health Authority where she conducted health research projects and specialised in involving patients in health care. She then moved into the field of clinical audit, managing the Medical Audit Advisory Group in Doncaster, before taking up a national role with the Modernisation Agency as part of the CHD Collaborative. Continuing with her passion for improvement work and managing change, she then transferred to West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority in 2002 as a Service Improvement Manager, and took up a role as a guest lecturer in the Faculty…

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After joining the NHS in 1981 as a student Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), she spent time in clinical practice as a staff nurse, ward sister and community psychiatric nurse. She is educated to masters’ level and has a first class honours degree in education. Following her clinical practice, Elaine worked for the Northern Centre for Mental Health, National Institute for Mental Health (NIMHe) and the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) and was responsible for workforce, leadership, education and training across the north east and Yorkshire and Humber before returning to the North East Strategic Heath Authority in 2008. Thereafter Elaine…

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Joanne is an experienced leader and senior manager who started her career in the voluntary sector working for five years with Middlesbrough Environment City. From 2000-2011 Joanne worked at Hartlepool Borough Council as a Chief Officer with responsibility for Performance and Partnerships.  She led the preparation of the town’s Community Strategy, the Council’s Corporate Plan, commissioned the town’s Community Network and led the delivery of £50m regeneration programmes in some of the borough’s most deprived neighbourhoods. In April 2011 Joanne established a portfolio career enabling her work flexibly and take on a number of contracts and interim roles.  These have…

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