Alex Leach

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, gaining over 20 years of experience with a range of companies selling and marketing products, ranging from consumables, implants, capital equipment, diagnostics and generic pharmaceuticals. She has worked widely across the whole health care marketplace and has extensive experience of pathway redesign and business case development. Most recently, Alex worked as Commercial Manager for assistive technology charity Designability, leading on the commercialisation and exploitation of new products and services.

Clare Evans

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 of the Nurse Practitioner in this specialty. In 2000, Clare took up a role as Nurse Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital later moving to University Hospitals Bristol. Clare has a wealth of experience across the acute surgical pathway developing pre-assessment services and enhanced recovery pathways. Clare has an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and was a recipient of the Health Foundation Leaders for Change award.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts has been Joint Chief Executive of both the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust since April 2018.

Paul has been a Chief Executive for over twenty years and spent more than five years in Wales leading a large Health Board responsible for community, mental health and learning disability services as well as for four acute hospitals. Prior to that he spent fourteen years in Plymouth as Chief Executive of the community and mental health services, and then the acute teaching hospital NHS Trust.

An Oxford University graduate, he has also held a variety of national roles across the NHS, including being a trustee of the NHS Confederation, vice-chair of the Association of UK University Hospitals and a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Nigel Harris

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 role as Chief Executive of Designability. He led Designability since 2009, during which time it established itself as a regional South West lead for the development of assistive and enabling technology.

Nigel also brings more than 25 years of NHS experience in medical research and managerial roles. He is a registered Clinical Scientist and carries out academic research work at the University of Bath and the University of the West of England.

With partners, including the West of England AHSN, he founded the Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) in 2010. The objectives of the network are to build up and facilitate new collaborations, to promote knowledge transfer and the uptake of research and create commercial opportunities for products or services.

Hannah Little

Hannah is a registered nurse with a range of quality and service improvement experience in different sectors. Hannah has gained clinical experience across various NHS services, where her focus has always been the safety and experience of patients throughout their different – and often complex – clinical journeys. Before completing her MSc in Nursing, Hannah studied Philosophy, where she focused on phenomenology, ethics and the philosophy of law. Hannah’s MSc Nursing dissertation was a concept analysis of a ‘good death’, exploring different sociocultural perspectives and constructs.

Hannah leads the Deteriorating Patient workstream, managing projects including NEWS2 and the ED Safety Checklist, as well as a new project addressing healthcare inequalities for people with learning disabilities. Hannah set up the SAFER (Safety & Autonomy For Every Resident) Care Homes Collaborate, which aims to reduce avoidable harm for people in care homes by improving recognition and response to physical deterioration. The collaborative also promotes offering people choice, dignity and opportunities to own future decisions about their treatment. This involves engaging with the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) project.

Hannah practices clinically at both NBT and UH Bristol, alongside her role at the West of England AHSN.

Julia Ross

Julia Ross is the Chief Executive Officer for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She is leading the CCG as they continue to implement plans for a single commissioning ‘voice’ for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas.

Julia was previously Chief Executive at North West Surrey CCG. She set up the CCG, bringing three GP localities together into a single organisation. As senior responsible officer for Surrey Heartlands Sustainability and Transformation Plan, she also built a coalition of 11 organisations across the Health and Local Authority sectors and produced a shared plan with the full support of member organisations.

Prior to this, Julia was Associate Director, Commissioner Development (East) for NHS South of England on a full-time secondment basis from January 2011 to August 2012. She was responsible for core elements of commissioning delivery including leadership of the planning round and oversight of service reconfiguration across the region.

Joanna Garrett

Joanna is a paramedic with a long history of patient safety and service improvement in urgent and emergency care at local, regional and national levels. In every project, Joanna works towards supporting the system to manage patients in the right place, at the right time, by the right person.

Joanna joined the West of England AHSN in 2017 and manages the Deteriorating Patient programme, which includes the projects Safer Care through Early Warning Scores, Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) and the Emergency Department Community of Practice. Joanna is a huge advocate of the benefits of system wide approach to standardising communication and improving patient safety, and explores opportunities to support organisations to share and learning from each other.

Tony Goring

Tony is a Project Support Officer for the Patient Safety team at West of England AHSN.

He has experience of Project Management within the third sector and has a background in retail management, sales and teaching.

Outside of work, Tony enjoys camping trips in the family ‘Bongo’ camper van.

Alison Tavaré

Alison is a part-time GP in Bristol and part-time GP Clinical Lead consultant at the West of England AHSN. Her special interest is in the use of NEWS in the early identification and management of sepsis. She was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Sepsis and is co-author of a Health Education England teaching package “Think Sepsis”. She is involved in many other projects in the AHSN including the Learning from Deaths steering group and digital innovation.

For many years Alison also worked in professional cricket at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Greg Harris

Previously Greg worked for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in the Voluntary and Community Sector Team supporting charitable organisations in the region. Greg also managed the internal Employer Supported Volunteering Scheme that allowed staff to volunteer in the community.

Greg joined the West of England AHSN in 2017 as a PA/ Project Support Officer, providing support to the Patient Safety Team with various workstreams such as the Emergency Department Collaborative and Mortality Reviews Collaborative, as well as supporting the initial set-up of the PReCePT programme.

In 2018, Greg changed roles to Project Support Officer/ Verto Administrator, continuing to support the Patient Safety team as well as the internal project management system.

Outside of the West of England AHSN, Greg works as an artist.