Head of Communications
West of England AHSN
Vanesther has led our communications team since October 2015, overseeing our strategic direction, corporate brand, digital and print channels, and media relations.
Despite her four Blue Peter badges and a drama degree, Vanesther never got to live out her dream of being a children’s TV presenter. Instead she has spent the last 20 years delivering successful communications campaigns for a wide range of charities, public sector organisations and consumer clients, from Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency to British Airways, The National Lottery and Costa Coffee.
“As a communications professional, working at the West of England AHSN is like being a kid in a sweetie shop. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to inspiring stories to share about people and projects that make a real difference and have a lasting impact on how we improve and innovate health and care services. Everyone’s contributions are welcomed and valued here, and I love the way we draw together people with such varied expertise, insight and experience. Ours is a model of distributed leadership. As Dr Karen Luyt, one of our clinical leads said, we’re about developing leaders – not followers.”