Meet the team

Our Executives

Prof Richard Barker OBE


Richard is Chair of the Health Innovation Network Board. Richard is a strategic advisor, speaker and author on healthcare and life sciences. As a workstream champion in the Accelerated Access Review, he has advised successive UK governments on new healthcare tech.

Zoe Lelliott

Chief Executive

Zoë has been Chief Executive of the Health Innovation Network since February 2019, having been part of the exec team from 2013 when the south London AHSN was first established. The HIN has a remit to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based innovation across the local health and care system, leading to improved health outcomes, and economic growth. Zoë has over 25 years of experience in the health service in senior roles in general management, clinical and research strategy, service transformation and innovation. Whilst leading clinical strategy and research management at King’s College hospital, she played an active role in the development of King’s Health Partners Academic Heath Science Centre, including designing the Clinical Academic Groups. As well as leading the HIN, Zoe is co-Lead of the Implementation Theme for the south London NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, and is lead Chief Officer for Programme Development in the AHSN Network.

Anna King

Commercial Director

Originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she advised health and social care clients such as GSK, Roche and Aventis; Anna has previously held number of senior NHS regional commercial and improvement roles, including Commercial Programme Director at the London Commercial Support Unit. Joining HIN in 2013, Anna’s focus has been building relationships between NHS and industry. A founder of DigitalHealth.London, she also developed the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Programme.

Dr Natasha Curran

Medical Director

In addition to her HIN role, Natasha is also Joint Director of Clinical Strategy at King’s Health Partners and Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at University College London Hospitals. She also co- leads the implementation and engagement theme of the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London and is an Expert Adviser to the NICE Centre for Guidelines and the British Journal of Pain and Perioperative Medicine.

Rebecca Jarvis

Director of Operations

Rebecca spent much of her career in project and programme management across health and social care organisations, previously working as a Joint Strategic Commissioner for Bromley Council and Bromley PCT (now CCG) of services for older people and carers, and as programme manager for the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative in Lambeth and Southwark. Formerly Programme Director for Healthy Ageing, Rebecca undertook the role of Director of Operations in December last year.

Senior Leadership Team

Andrea Carter

Programme Director, Musculoskeletal and Healthy Ageing

Andrea worked in NHS management in London for 20 years, including as Directorate Manager at Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, before joining the HIN in 2013. As well as her MSK role, which has seen her successfully drive the development and national scale-up of ESCAPE-pain with its creator Professor Mike Hurley, Andrea also plays a key role in developing the internal health and wellbeing programme for staff.

Catherine Dale

Programme Director, Patient Safety and Experience

Catherine has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS in London, including more than 15 years in quality improvement and transformation roles. Catherine co-leads the National Patient Safety Improvement programme on Managing Deterioration. She has a Masters in Business Psychology and is an expert on co-designing improvements with patients and applying behavioural insights to healthcare.

Dan Dartington

Head of Finance, Information and Corporate Affairs

Dan is Head of Finance and Information with additional responsibility for a range of bank office functions. He has been with HIN since June 2014, prior to which he was at the NHS London Strategic Health Authority and worked on the South London Healthcare Trust transition programme.

Kerry Beadling-Barron

Director of Communications

Kerry has 13 years’ experience in the NHS, having worked in hospitals and at a system level focusing on strategy, marketing, digital communications and stakeholder management. She is passionate about demonstrating how clear communications can deliver strategically important campaigns which improve people’s lives.

Sara Nelson

Programme Director for Digital Health.London Accelerator (DH.LA)

Sara has worked in the NHS for over 27 years in both clinical roles and site management roles. As a senior nurse for digital at Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT), her work has centred on “bridging the gap” to support the cultural change needed for digital transformation. She is passionate about bringing the benefits of new technologies to patients and professionals from across health and care more quickly.

Oliver Brady

Programme Director, Diabetes and Mental Health

Oliver has worked in healthcare since 2006, most recently leading the diabetes transformation programme at South West London Health and Care Partnership. He has an interest in digital health and long term conditions and led the South London “You & Type 2” project under the NHS Test Bed Programme. Previously he has worked in operational management in the NHS and a health tech SME.

Lesley Soden

Programme Director, Innovation

Lesley has worked in NHS and public sector roles for over 20 years. She has worked in senior business and strategy roles in mental health and community trusts, and experience in community engagement, programme management, business development, bid writing and service re-design, all delivered in collaboration with a variety of partnerships.

Breid O'Brien

Director of Digital Transformation

As well as a Masters in Nursing and an MSc in Healthcare Informatics, Breid has extensive experience in improvement and digital transformation and a clinical and operational management background in acute care. She has supported major system level change and has a strong track record of delivering complex programmes of work. An Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Advisor, Breid is especially interested in the people, process and technology interface.

Our clinical directors

Neel Basudev

Clinical Director, Diabetes

Neel qualified from University College London and is a GP at Springfield Medical Centre in Lambeth. He is also the Diabetes Lead for Lambeth CCG and a GPSI in Diabetes for the Lambeth Diabetes Intermediate Care Team.

Cleo Butterworth

Associate Clinical Director, Patient Safety

Cleo is currently the Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the HIN. Her ambition is to promote collaborative and partnership working across traditional boundaries for sustainable change. With a background in pharmacy she is passionate about medicines optimisation and its potential to deliver truly patient-centred, safe and effective coordinated care.

Caroline Chill

Clinical Director, Healthy Ageing

Carrie is a freelance practicing GP in Merton. Her previous clinical leadership roles include developing the local end of life care strategy for Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust and the Nelson Practice; and the Clinical Director for Unplanned care and Older and Vulnerable adults.

Sophie Harris

Clinical Deputy Director, Diabetes

Sophie is a Diabetes and Endocrinology specialty trainee and completed a PhD investigating barriers to structured education for adults with Type 1 Diabetes (the BUD1E study). She led the co-creation of and inputs into local and national expert groups on structured education. She is also a member of the young diabetes and endocrinology forum (YDEF).

Fay Sibley

Interim Head of Healthy Ageing and Musculoskeletal Deputy Clinical Director

A former Darzi Fellow, Fay joined the team from the London Ambulance Service where she was employed as Paramedic team leader, before which she has worked as a physiotherapist and gained a MSc in Healthcare Leadership at King’s College London. Fay’s HIN portfolio is primarily concerned with the promotion of healthy living and the prevention of illness and disability affecting older people and includes overseeing our ESCAPE-pain training programme.

Mujtaba Husain

Clinical Director, Mental Health

Muj is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital. He is interested in areas where mind and body illnesses overlap or co-exist. He also specialises in persistent physical (including medically unexplained) symptoms at the Maudsley Hospital’s Persistent Physical Symptoms Unit. He is a former NHS Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow and past Chair of committees for doctors in training at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Mike Hurley

Clinical Director, Musculoskeletal

Mike’s research career started in 1988 at University College London. In 1990 he moved to the Physiotherapy Department, King’s College London, completed a PhD in 1992. He was there as Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Physiotherapy until he moved to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at St George’s University of London in October 2010.

Andrew Walker

Musculoskeletal Deputy Director and Evaluation Lead

Andrew is a physiotherapist by training and has a PhD in implementation science. His role at HIN involves helping to build the evidence and practice of implementing innovation and evidence-based interventions across health and care in south London (and across England). He is also a Board member for the UK Implementation Society.

Nicola Reynolds

Deputy Children & Young People Clinical Director, Mental Health

Nicola is a Principal Clinical Psychologist in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead for the ASD and ADHD pathway​. Nicola has worked in CAMHS and Specialist Children's Services for over ten years. Previously a Fellow on the Digital Pioneer Fellowship, Nicola has a keen interest in developing digital ways of working.

Linda McQuaid

Clinical Director, Patient Safety

Linda trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street and the Royal Berkshire Hospitals, before working for many years in children’s services. She also has expertise in clinical leadership, risk and safety, strategic development and service improvement at board level. Her passion for children’s services also led her to undertake roles as Chair of Heartline Families, Trustee for the National Children’s Bureau and Trustee for the Infant Trust.

Paul Wallace

Clinical Director, Digital

Paul is a retired GP and Professor Emeritus of Primary Care at UCL has clinical academic career spanning more than 30 years. He is a founding member of the European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians. In 2013 he was awarded the RCGP President’s Medal.

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