Meet the team

Our Executives

Prof Richard Barker OBE


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

Accountable Officer

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.

Zoe Lelliott

Acting Chief Executive

Zoe 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.

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).

Dr Natasha Curran

Medical Director

Natasha Curran is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at UCL Hospitals. She studied Medicine at the University of Liverpool qualifying with Honours and a BSc. Natasha trained in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at University College Hospitals, The Royal Marsden and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Natasha was previously the Education and Research Fellow at the Centre for Anaesthesia. Her key interests are in abdomino-pelvic pain medicine, anaesthesia, simulation based training and medical leadership in the NHS.

Rebecca Jarvis

Director of Operations

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.

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

Catherine has nearly twenty years’ experience in the NHS in London, including more than fifteen years in service improvement and transformation roles; a Masters in Business Psychology and expertise in Experience-Based Co-Design.

Dan Dartington

Head of Finance and Information

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.

Emma Smyth

Director of Communications

Emma is an award-winning campaigns director who specialises in healthcare communications. She previously worked at the Department of Health, advising ministers on high profile issues including the Francis Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, safety and culture, workforce and A&E pressures.

Sara Nelson

Programme Director

Sara is a nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 27 years, not only in clinical roles but also in site management and as a senior nurse for digital at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT). Her work has centred on “bridging the gap” to support the cultural change needed for digital transformation within the NHS. As part of a central knowledge hub for digital projects across GSTT, Sara and her team also provided advice and validation for clinicians looking to implement new technologies. She has an excellent understanding of the needs of NHS patients and the staff that care for them and is passionate about bringing the benefits of new technologies to patients and professionals from across health and care more quickly.

Laura Semple

Programme Director, Diabetes and Stroke Prevention

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 at Moorfields Eye Hospital and District General Hospitals, as well as working in commissioning and at the Department of Health. In 2016 Laura became the first healthcare manager to volunteer for a substantial period at Connaught Hospital in Freetown with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, where she worked for 6 months. Since her return in 2017 Laura has continued to lead the HIN Diabetes and Stroke Prevention programmes as well as a secondment role in 2018-29 as Programme Director for the King’s Health Partners Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology.

Lesley Soden

Programme Director – Innovation

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

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. His interests include golf and cricket.

Cleo Butterworth

Associate Clinical Director

Cleo is currently the Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the Health Innovation Network. 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).

Adrian Hopper

Clinical Director, Healthy Ageing

Adrian Hopper is physician with a special interest in Geriatric Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas (GSTT) NHS Foundation Trust in London. He is currently Deputy Medical Director for Patient Safety at GSTT, the lead for the Medicine Clinical Academic Group for King’s Health Partners and Clinical Director for Patient Safety and Clinical Lead for Healthy Aging at the HIN.

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.

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.

Claire Neely

Clinical Deputy Director, Diabetes

Claire has been a Diabetes Specialist Nurse for over 18 years. She developed a community Tier 3 service which she currently manages alongside her role as Diabetes Unit Manager at Kingston Hospital. Claire was one of the first Diabetes UK Clinical Champions and has been involved with many HIN projects in the past, including Improving Insulin Safety on Discharge from Hospital.

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