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.

Stephen is a Business Manager at the AHSN NENC and is responsible for supporting companies wanting to access the NHS. Stephen has a PhD in molecular biology and physiology from Newcastle University and went on to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University where he studied the link between oxidative stress and neurodegeneration. Stephen then moved to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the British Consulate in San Francisco as the Vice-Consul for Science and Innovation where he was involved in policy development as well as trade and investment between the UK and the USA, and was the North…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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