Chris Learoyd

Chris is a Project Manager in the Patient Safety team at West of England AHSN. Originally working in the Medicines Optimisation Programme, particularly focusing on Medicines Safety within care homes, he is now supporting the work around deteriorating patients.

Chris joined the West of England AHSN in 2019 after working as a Learning Disabilities Physiotherapist for over seven years in Bristol and Wiltshire community service, and gained further experience in an Acute setting.

Whilst working as a Physiotherapist, Chris’ focus was towards empowering individuals to achieve their potential and holistically improve their health and well-being through meaningful activity and promoting independence. He has been involved in preventative health initiatives and has a passion for reducing health inequalities and improving health and well-being.

He retains a vested interest in reducing inequalities and promoting improved independence for people with Learning Disabilities as a Board of Trustee member for a local charity called ‘The Hive Avon’.

Chris participated in the South West Leadership Academy’s ‘Leadership for frontline talent’ and uses the skills and knowledge developed during this programme to bring a person centred, positive and proactive approach to his work, and sees great value in effective collaboration, team work and a positive work culture.

Noshin Menzies

Noshin joined the AHSN in 2014 and is currently responsible for the PERIPrem Care bundle, improving outcomes for preterm babies.

Noshin has been involved in the PReCePT project since the beginning. She was seconded to the PReCePT Study for a year as quality improvement coach, working nationally with 13 units.

She has an MPH (Master of Public Health) and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. Prior to working for the AHSN she was a health improvement specialist for Bristol Public Health and has also worked regionally on teenage pregnancy and sexual health.

Noshin is passionate about reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing and improving outcomes for people who are impacted by socioeconomic or demographic disadvantages.

Natalie Daly

Natalie is PA for our Chief Executive Officer and our Medical Director, administrator for the West of England AHSN Board and helps provide support to our senior executive team.

Natalie has over five years NHS experience across a wide range of corporate administration and event roles. She relocated from Devon and joined the West of England AHSN in April 2019

Annabel Stiles

Annabel is the Communications Officer for the national AHSN Network and manages the day-to-day communications activity, working with all 15 AHSNs across England.

Prior to this, Annabel was a Communications Lead at Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in Edinburgh.

Megan Kirbyshire

Megan is a senior project manager in the Service and System Transformation Team. Having worked clinically as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for six years, Megan joined the West of England AHSN in the summer of 2018.

Megan is currently working on a number of projects including ESCAPE-pain, SIM (Serenity Integrated Mentoring), the COPD Discharge Bundle and the High Impact User Teams.

Natasha Sandiford

Inspired by a lifetime of experience in the marketing and event management industry, Natasha is the driving force that supports the regional work of the West of England AHSN by raising awareness of innovations, system transformation and patient safety through events.

Natasha has a BA degree in Business Administration and has over 15 years of marketing and events experience working across a variety of sectors including financial, property, marketing and PR and healthcare. She has worked in a range of management roles and has planned and executed corporate events for some of Europe, Middle East and Africa’s (EMEA) most influential companies.

Natasha has a rich network of relationships with suppliers and venues to deliver our events throughout the West of England region.

Joanne Bishop

Jo has worked as an Administrator as part of the Corporate Team since 2018.

Jo’s responsibilities include calendar management, booking travel and accommodation, organising new staff inductions, ensuring the timely completion of annual appraisals and staff training. Jo also provides support to the wider AHSN team with recruitment and HR queries.

Previously Jo has worked in financial services, the welfare-to-work and recruitment industry.

Kate Phillips

Kate is a Project Manager in the Service and System Transformation team, and is currently working on sharing innovation and improvement methodologies across the region through the Innovation Academy programme.

To compliment this work, Kate is completing a Masters in Public Health at the University West of England. She has worked on a variety of projects at the AHSN from early stage support for innovators, through to using Quality Improvement techniques that support the adoption of new products and services.

Kate joined the AHSN in March 2017 following a career as a secondary science teacher and outside of work can often be found rowing in Bristol harbour.

Teddy Baker

Teddy joined the team as a Project Support Officer in 2019 and primarily supports the work of the Medicines Safety Programme and PeriPrem Bundle. He is involved in projects such as PINCER, TCAM, Polypharmacy and Atrial Fibrillation but also supports work across other streams.

Arriving straight from the University of the West of England where he graduated with a degree in Information Technology Management for Business, he is well educated in a variety of fields including project management, leadership and information systems. Teddy uses his skills, knowledge and experiences to pursue his passion for healthcare and is proud to play a part in supporting the NHS to provide care to those in need.

Around work, his interests include studying healthcare and playing football.

Millie O’Keeffe

Millie started working for the West of England AHSN in July 2018. She supports two of our Directors with their diary management as well as supporting projects in the Service and System Transformation directorate.

Millie’s academic background is in Linguistics, and she has a special interest in language use, especially in healthcare.