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.

Rachel is a Business Manager and is responsible for supporting companies and the economic growth workstream. Prior to working at the AHSN NENC Rachel was a Research Operations Manager for the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) NENC where she helped found the working medical technology group MedConNecT North. MedConNecT North is a regional initiative which supports NHS, Academia and Industry to expedite the launch of new technologies and services to enhance and improve patient care and positively contribute to the regional economy. In this role Rachel worked alongside world leading expert clinicians to offer a…

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After 15 years as a manager in the hospitality trade, and three children later, Liz joined the NHS and has been a senior manager for over 18 years. For 11 of those years she worked in the Research Ethics Service (RES) in various roles including that of a Regional Manager responsible for implementation, in the East of England, of the national change management programme to make it fit for purpose. She then went on to be a Quality Assurance Manager, implementing a QMS system for RES and a Special Projects Manager, overseeing the development and implementation of several national projects…

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Sue is a Registered General Nurse, educated to masters’ level and holds numerous qualifications in the management of respiratory disease. She has over 40 years of specialist knowledge and experience within both the NHS and pharmaceutical industry. Sue also works in general practice on a clinical consultancy basis, managing patients with respiratory conditions. 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…

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Jody works for the AHSN NENC as a Health Improvement Manager. Within her career Jody has worked for a number of organisations from the NHS, private sectors, third sector and academia but always within the field of health improvement. The majority of the last 4 years Jody has worked as a researcher and senior commissioner within primary care for NECS (North of England Commissioning Support) whilst studying for her research degree, although some more of her substantive roles consist of senior commissioner within Public Health and Academic at the University of Sunderland. Her passion for research came about through her…

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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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Dave qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1990 and went on to hold a variety of clinical roles and management positions within the Northumberland locality, going on to operationally manage primary care focused community teams, as well as Crisis and Home Treatment teams and Deliberate Self Harm teams. Dave moved on to work in project management in the Durham locality, establishing Access, Booking and Choice pilots and also a new Crisis Team, before a regional service improvement role at the Northern Centre for Mental Health and then establishing a service improvement team for the National Institute for…

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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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Tony joined the AHSN in June 2014 to help set up the Patient Safety Collaborative and has been the Patient Safety lead since that time. He is also a Deputy Director (Clinical Effectiveness) at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy Director of the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS). Tony has been working on Quality Improvement since 1998 and is particularity interested in hospital mortality and the time-sensitive conditions, like heart attack, stroke, hip fracture, sepsis, community acquired pneumonia, acute kidney injury, venous thromboembolism and frailty that cause the highest volumes of deaths in hospitals. The requirements placed…

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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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Julia has worked for the NHS since 1987. For the past 15 years she has focused on supporting health and social care organisations to improve their services by using quality improvement methodologies, tools and techniques, with the purpose of improving the services they provide to patients. Julia has had the opportunity to work with organisations at a national level (Department of Health and National Primary Care Development Team), regionally (AQuA [Advancing Quality Alliance]), and also within many other organisations spanning acute, community and primary care settings, as well as CCGs and social services. Currently Julia is the Maternal and Neonatal…

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Phil joined the AHSN in November 2018 as Project Support with responsibility for Q Community reinvigoration and growth, Supporting the Communities of Practice Human Factors and Ergonomics (CoP), Patient, Public Engagement (PPI) and Medicines Optimisation programmes across NENC. Phil has 17 years Military service including active service, 18 years at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) in a variety of roles including Operational, Project Management and Cost Improvement with a special interest in Falls in the elderly.  He has also spent time at The Clinical Research in a variety of research projects at Newcastle University and the last…

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