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.

Ruth works with the AHSN NENC Communications team to deliver social media campaigns promoting a wide range of programmes, projects and events. She also provides public relations advice and support to the team. Ruth has worked in the media industry for a decade, starting her career as a journalist before moving into PR. She has developed and delivered a wide range of regional and national PR and communications campaigns for clients in sectors including: healthcare, transport, professional services and the public sector.

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Mark has worked in the media industry for nearly two decades with a background in TV and Radio, working for broadcasters and production companies based in Manchester. Returning home to the North East five years ago, Mark has worked as a Broadcast Journalist, covering news stories across the region, including healthcare innovation and pioneering advancements in medical research. Joining the AHSN NENC, Mark brings his strengths in writing and producing video content, which he has already used in a variety of Communication roles in the charitable and creative sectors, and is keen to showcase the positive stories within the AHSN….

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Sarah works with the AHSN NENC Communications team focusing on digital communications. On a day-to-day basis Sarah works on the AHSN NENC website, social media and email marketing as well as digital media campaigns to promote specific programmes and projects. Sarah also works with the wider comms team on events, content and branding as required. Sarah joined the AHSN NENC after working in various B2B digital comms roles spanning the public sector and third sector.

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Working within the Communications team at the AHSN NENC Donna’s focus is on branding and content.  As one of 15 AHSNs nationally and a multitude of local member organisations it is essential the core values and brand are communicated consistently and effectively. Donna ensures the outcomes and impact of the projects ran by the AHSN NENC reaches our audience by producing content for our local portal: The Innovation Library as well as the National AHSN Atlas portal. Donna also supports the wider team with events and other comms related activity as required. She joined the AHSN NENC in 2016 after…

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Kathryn has worked in healthcare IT communications for the last 10 years. She worked in a regional role supporting a number of national IT programmes at a local level before moving into NHS Digital in 2013. Her time there was spent providing communications advice and guidance to national IT programmes such as NHSmail and NHS Spine. She has worked for the Great North Care Record as communications lead since 2017. She oversees all aspects of communications for the Great North Care Record. Prior to working in healthcare, she worked in the private sector in a variety of marketing roles.

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Andy has 30 years’ experience of working with systems and data across the private and public sectors.  He has extensive project management experience for both small and large-scale projects, has been a computer auditor, data analyst, financial planner and information governance manager. He spent several years working in local steel and motor manufacturing industries but more recently worked with Health and Local Authorities where he developed a passion for supporting the Health and Social Care economy. As well as a degree in Electrical Engineering he has British Computer Society qualifications in data protection and information risk management.  He also has…

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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 our Economic Growth Operations 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…

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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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Jody works for the AHSN NENC as a Health Improvement Manager and leads on and develops national innovation programmes into the NHS, with a focus on Primary Care and Medicine Optimisation. Jody is also the National Implementation and Evaluation Lead for Clinical Digital Resource Collaborative. 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…

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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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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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