Speeding up the best in health and care, together

Meet the team 

At the Health Innovation Network we work across a huge range of health and care services through each of our clinical and innovation themes, and our team reflects and represents the diversity, expertise, enterprise and energy we bring to this work.

From paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists to academics, public health specialists and technology experts, our team works together to speed up the best in health and care across south London. Find out more about our people and how they could help you by clicking on the profiles below.


Executive Team

Prof Richard Barker OBE

Chairman, Board

Prof Richard Barker is Chairman of the Health Innovation 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.

Tara Donnelly

Chief Executive

Tara is an improvement enthusiast with an extensive background in leadership roles within the NHS. She has spent 16 years at board level including at University College London Hospitals NHS FT, as a non-executive director at Macmillan Cancer Support - as Chief Executive at the West Middlesex University Hospital and as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at the Whittington Hospital.

Anna King

Commercial Director

Anna has been Commercial Director at the Health Innovation Network since July 2013. Prior to her current role Anna was the Commercial Programme Director at the London Commercial Support Unit (Commissioning Support for London, NHS London and NHS Trust Development Authority).

Zoe Lelliott

Deputy Chief Executive

Zoë studied Natural Sciences (experimental psychology) at Cambridge, and worked in mental health services, before moving into a managerial career in the NHS. She completed an MBA whilst working at Barts and the London.

Dr Des Holden

Executive Team, Executive Team

Des, who starts as Medical Director at the Health Innovation Network in September, trained at KCL and worked as a senior lecturer within the patch at St George’s. He is an Obstetrician by training and has undertaken a number of hospital Medical Director roles including at Brighton and Sussex hospitals and his current one at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare. Des also knows AHSNs well as he is Medical Director at Kent, Surrey and Sussex AHSN, a role he will continue to undertake alongside ours.

Senior Leadership Team

Andrea Carter

Programme Director, Musculoskeletal

Andrea has worked in NHS management in London for 20 years, including General Management posts at Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals; and Programme Management roles including reorganisation of South East London Stroke Services. Andrea joined the Health Innovation Network soon after it was formed.

Catherine Dale

Programme Director, Patient Safety

Catherine studied Psychology in Leeds then moved to London and began working in the NHS. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in improvement and transformation roles, a Masters in Business Psychology and is an expert in improving patient safety. She is a Labour councillor and loves karaoke.

Dan Dartington

Head of Finance

Laura Spratling

Programme Director, Diabetes

Laura studied modern languages at Cambridge and joined the NHS as a management trainee in 2009. Since then she has held various hospital management roles as well as working in commissioning and at the Department of Health. Laura recently volunteered for 6 months at Connaught Hospital Freetown with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership.

Hannah Harniess

Interim Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Hannah qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2002 and worked primarily in East London during which time she coordinated a health-based community project supporting young people and undertook an MSc in Social Epidemiology. Prior to joining the Accelerator, Hannah was working as a Darzi Fellow in children’s and maternity commissioning at NHS Greenwich CCG.

Rebecca Jarvis

Programme Director, Alcohol

Rebecca has spent much of her career working in project and programme management across health and social care organisations. She has also worked as a joint strategic commissioner for Bromley Council and Bromley PCT (now CCG) of services for older people and carers and a programme manager for the Diabetes Modernisation Initiative in Lambeth and Southwark.

Kathy Tyler

Programme Director, Capacity Building

James Somauroo

NHS Navigator, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

James is an anaesthetist by background with 5 years of clinical experience. During this time, James first developed an interest in education, completing a PgDip in Clinical Education and working as a Clinical Teaching Fellow. After completing Core Anaesthetics Training, James worked at Health Education England as part of the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme.

Work for us

At the Health Innovation Network we work together to speed up the best in health and care.

We’re a close knit organisation of great people doing fantastic things. We work across a variety of themes from Healthy Ageing to Digital Health, and we are passionate about changing the way health and care is delivered to our local population and further afield.