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. She 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.”