Claire Denyer

Claire Denyer joined the West of England AHSN in June 2022 as a Project Manager, working within the innovation and growth team. Her role sees her work with innovators to help them develop their value propositions to a point where their innovations may be ready for either proof of value project or deployment. As part of this, Claire  leads on the Health Innovation Programme (HIP) and providing support to SBRi applicants.

Claire joined us from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership and brings with her a wealth of experience of working as a mental health nurse in frontline mental health services. Within this time, she has specialised in the field of personality disorder and complex trauma, working as a Dialectical Behavioural Therapist and Structured Clinical Management Therapist in inpatient and community settings. Claire has additionally managed a mental health service, within the voluntary sector, as well as setting up and supporting CCG funded projects for improving mental health care for people across North Somerset.

“Working for the West of England AHSN is a great opportunity to use my clinical knowledge and understanding of the NHS to support innovations on their journey to enhancing and improving healthcare. I feel really privileged to be part of such a wonderful team, who are so enthusiastic and passionate about their work in this exciting and innovative field.”

Sue Harriman

Before joining the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Integrated Care Board (ICB), Sue was Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust from 2014 and in February 2021 completed a 6-month secondment as Chief Operating Officer for the national Covid vaccination deployment programme.

With more than 16 years’ clinical experience working as a nurse in the Royal Navy, Sue joined the NHS in 2002 as a nurse consultant in infection prevention. In more recent years, Sue has held various executive roles within NHS, including as a Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director before becoming Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust.

Shane Devlin

Before starting in his post at the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board (ICB) in February 2022, Shane Devlin was Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust from March 2018.

Shane began his career with the Northern Ireland Quality Centre before joining the local Health Service in 1998, working in Down and Lisburn Trust, the Department of Health and South Eastern Trust, before moving to the Business Services Organisation as Director of Customer Care and Performance and Director of Business Services Transformation. Shane moved from BSO in 2013 to Belfast Trust as Director of Planning, Performance and Informatics where he remained until December 2016, when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

Shane has a strong delivery and accountability background as a senior and chief executive of an Integrated Trust. He has delivered transformation at a Northern Ireland wide level, always through partnership.

Kate Mould

Kate joined the team in July 2022 as a Project Support Officer working with the innovation and growth team.

Kate has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health. Kate has previously worked as a sales assistant in a triathlon shop, a Medical Laboratory Assistant for Severn Pathology, and an Administration Officer for Healthwatch.

Janet Scott

Janet joined the AHSN in April 2022 as the Patient Safety Programme Manager. With a background in critical care nursing and aeromedical evacuation, Janet has worked across the NHS and the Royal Air Force Medical Services in a range of diverse clinical and non-clinical roles both in the UK and overseas. Previous roles include Head of Training, Lead for Healthcare Governance, and project and programme management in healthcare related areas.

Sue Masters

Sue joined us on secondment basis for one year as a Project Manager in the transforming systems and services team in March 2022. She will be focussing on the MedTech Funding Mandate.

As an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) Sue has worked clinically in the surgical environment in North Bristol, Great Western Hospital and most recently as the Lead for Day Surgery Theatres at the RUH. Previous to this, Sue worked as a New Product Development Manager in the food industry.

Christabel Ofodum

Christabel is a Project Support Officer in the Service and System Transformation team, supporting various cardiovascular disease projects including blood pressure optimisation, rapid uptake products and lipid optimisation across the West of England.

Christabel joined the West of England AHSN in January, 2022.  She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and a Masters degree in Public Health. She has work experience as a pharmacist in Nigeria, a business development executive and most recently, a contact tracing practitioner for NHS Scotland.

Christabel is passionate about projects and programmes centred around health promotion, innovation and transformation for effective healthcare delivery.

Aghogho Mena Abidakun

Fondly called Mena – short for Aghogho Mena, she joined the West of England AHSN workforce in January 2022 as a Project Support Officer in the Service and System Transformation team. Mena will be working in the Medicine Optimisation Programme, also supporting the digital workstream and is looking forward to the variety of projects that she will be working on.

Mena has a background in agricultural finance and economics, healthcare and very recently in project management.

Mena is passionate about working with even the smallest projects that can make the biggest difference to people.

Ola A. Howell

Ola (short for Aleksandra) is a Clinical Lead for the Pharmacy and has been working for the West of England AHSN since July 2021. She provides clinical leadership for quality improvement through medicines optimisation and safety across the West of England.

Her role includes creating the clinical vision for implementation of projects around medications, and providing clinical advice on priority setting, measurement and evaluation. Some of the projects and programmes that Ola is involved with are the QI for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, National Patient Safety Improvement Programme and Rapid Uptake Products.

Ola has extensive experience of working in tertiary, secondary, primary care and community pharmacy, and is currently leading on the integrated severe asthma care project in the South East of England in her other role. Her clinical areas of interest are frailty, respiratory and rheumatology.

Cheryl Scott

Cheryl has an academic background in microbiology, immunology and pathogenicity and a varied career in the health technologies and life sciences sector, which started out in diagnostic sales. She set up and ran a pioneering business in sales and distribution of laboratory equipment, before moving into business innovation and developing a keen interest in disruptive technology.

Cheryl has managed numerous projects and programmes, within both public and private sector roles, working alongside academia, NHS, pharmaceutical and government stakeholders, to support individuals and SMEs with their business development and funding. She also developed the first business plan for Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN and has, most recently, worked in local government, as Town Clerk.

On starting her role with us at the West of England AHSN, Cheryl says:

“This is the job I’ve always wanted. It’s the dream job because it’s the missing link in my career. I’ve done the whole innovation stage journey, from initial concept through to sales. But there’s always been this bit missing in the middle – to help health tech companies be able to sell into the NHS.

“As we know, the NHS is under huge pressure, and this pressure has only been increased further by Covid-19. Working to identify innovations with the potential to alleviate some of these pressures, by matching a healthcare need, is so exciting. My role here is about facilitating that.”