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The senior team

Natasha Swinscoe

Chief Executive Officer
West of England AHSN

A graduate of the NHS management training scheme, Natasha has 25 years’ experience in the NHS as a senior manager and leader. Natasha has worked in …

Ben Bennett

Chief Operating Officer
West of England AHSN

Prior to joining the AHSN Ben had a 27 year career in variety of senior leadership roles in the NHS, Ben has spent over a decade in senior operational …

Anne Pullyblank

Anne Pullyblank

Medical Director
West of England AHSN

Anne is a Consultant Colorectal surgeon at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and Medical Director of the West of England AHSN. From 2010 to 2015 Anne …

Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris

Director of Innovation and Growth
West of England AHSN

Nigel is the Director of Innovation and Growth at the West of England Academic Health Science Network. Nigel joined us in March 2019 from his previous …

Janina Cross

Janina Cross

Chief Digital Transformation Officer
West of England AHSN

Janina is an independent consultant specialising in the development and delivery of informatics strategies, business cases, programmes and projects …

Kay Haughton

Director of Transformation
West of England AHSN

Kay Haughton joined as Director of Service Transformation in May 2018 from Gloucestershire CCG where she was Deputy Director of Nursing. Kay trained …

Kevin Hunter

Associate Director for Patient Safety
West of England AHSN
kevin.hunter@nhs.net

With a lengthy military background, and following an injury whilst serving on operations in Afghanistan, Kevin originally joined the NHS on secondment …

Clare Evans

Deputy Director of Service and System Transformation
West of England AHSN

Clare trained as a Registered Nurse at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol and spent a lot of her career working in Neurosurgery in Oxford developing the role …

Alex Leach

Deputy Director of Innovation and Growth
West of England AHSN

Alex trained as a nurse at King’s College London and specialised in Infectious Diseases and Haematology. She then moved to the medical device industry …

David Evans

Associate Director for Transformation and Innovation
West of England AHSN
dave.evans5@nhs.net

Following a career in financial services David joined the NHS in 2009. Following roles leading service improvement and transformation across two acute …


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