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I am currently the Director of Operations for Liverpool Health Partners, a new health partnership for delivering excellence in research through collaborations across the NHS and academia. LHP is an Academic Health Science System designed to help ensure that medical research breakthroughs lead to direct benefits for patients. Prior to this role I was the Head of the Lancashire and Cumbria HIEC and Head of Research, Innovation and Development for NHS Lancashire where significant increases in research were accomplished across primary care through streamlining systems and building capacity and enthusiasm for the research agenda. I am a Lancaster University Management School graduate where I studied critical management to post-graduate level and researched the management structures and challenges in the NHS.


Current Experience

  • Director of Operations
    Since June 2012
    Liverpool Health Partners is an Academic Health Science System that brings together expertise from within the University of Liverpool, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and six local NHS Trusts, to help ensure that medical research breakthroughs lead to direct clinical benefits for patients. As the Director of Operations I support the work of Liverpool Health Partners, working collaboratively across the partner organisations. Key elements of this role are to establish operational processes and systems; develop and implement the business plan and oversee resource allocation; develop and deliver a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy; develop the clinical academic programmes; support the partnership in the development, submission and delivery of large strategic proposals and awards; and facilitate the resolution of any issues between partners and other organisations.

Past Experience

  • Scholarship Badgastein, Austria
    January 2009 --- October 2015

    The EHFG is the leading health policy event in the EU and takes place annually. It provides a major platform for decision-makers in various fields of public health & health care. With its wide-ranging four-day programme, the EHFG offers an unparalleled opportunity to exchange information about a broad spectrum of contemporary health issues.  I have led the writing of the EHFG Health Declaration for the last three years, which can be seen here:

  • Head of Lancashire and Cumbria HIEC
    April 2010 --- June 2012
    Lancashire and Cumbria Health Innovation and Education Cluster was a unique collaboration of organisations from across the region. NHS Trusts, Higher Education Institutes, and a large range of other stakeholders partnered with an aim to improve the speed and effectiveness of implementing innovation and research outcomes into health education and practice.

  • Head of Research, Innovation and Development
    July 2008 --- June 2012
    • Optimising the dissemination and uptake of important research and promoting the publication of research undertaken locally. • Maximising research opportunities and grant funding in the PCT and the NHS trusts in the North West; • Working closely with the Medical Director to lead and coordinate developments in R&D across the PCT • Managing research capacity building schemes and R&D projects as required and managing current research programmes • Working closely with local research networks, neighbouring NHS Trusts and academic institutions • Coordinating the implementation of the Teaching PCT R&D strategy • Ensuring the PCT meets its research governance commitments,. • Supporting the clinical governance work within the Directorate

  • Corporate Research Associate
    July 2007 --- July 2008
    As a Research Associate at the Health Leadership Centre, my key roles were: • to lead and carry out research activities in accordance with the specifications of projects • assist and lead in the writing of reports and documents to be disseminated In my role as Corporate Research Associate at NLtPCT it was important to: • liaise with different directorates in order to carry out research and write reports, papers and presentation pieces useable both internally and externally to the organisation • have the ability to communicate and collaborate with different staff members at NLtPCT whilst also accessing personnel from other organisations where necessary • be flexible and adaptive to the needs of the organisation and the research areas have an acute awareness of the potentially politically sensitive nature of some research outcomes when reporting and presenting the analysis of results.

  • Administration
    September 2004 --- August 2005
    This role was integral to the department's application to gain CIPD status for the MA course. It was necessary to examine and coordinate the MA syllabus with the CIPD criteria and to highlight areas where the MA both exceeded and fell short of these criteria. This information was then collated and presented in a detailed Excell document that formed an essential part of the proposal which was sent to the CIPD.

  • Management School Faculty Representative
    January 1999 --- January 2003


Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityApproachabilityAttention to detailAssertivenessCollaborationCommunicativeCoordinationFlexibilityInnovative thinkingProactivitySelf-confidenceStrategic thinking


Self Assessment :
Negotiation R&DBudget ManagementBudget NegotiationBusiness DevelopmentBusiness Process ImprovementChange ManagementCoachingCommunication SkillsEnglishEvent ManagementGrant PreparationGrant WritingHealthcare industryHealthcare Information TechnologyHealthcare ManagementHuman ResourcesInnovation ManagementLeadershipmanagementMarketing CommunicationsMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordNegotiationOperations ManagementOutlookpeople managementPowerPointPresentation SkillsProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProject ManagementPublic SpeakingQualitative ResearchRecruitingReport WritingResearchResearch GovernanceSocial SkillsStrategic PlanningTeam ManagementTeam Leadership
LinkedIn Assessment :
ResearchStrategic PlanningHealthcarePublic HealthStrategyClinical researchAnalysisChange ManagementTrainingPublic SpeakingHealthcare ManagementPolicyHealthcare Information TechnologyPublic SectorHospitalsLeadershipBusiness PlanningmanagementGovernmentHealth PolicyHuman ResourcesLeadership DevelopmentData AnalysisPublic PolicyProgram ManagementPerformance ImprovementStakeholder EngagementManagement ConsultingPerformance ManagementGovernanceProject ManagementOrganizational DevelopmentBusiness StrategyStakeholder Management

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Write papersAdvise on strategycollaborate in research projects at universitiesCommunicationConduct literature searchesDetermine potential relationshipsDirect co-workers to achieve resultEstablish professional relationships with partnersEstablish relationships with Key Opinion LeadersGeneral office managementIdentify market opportunitiesMaintain strong relationshipsNegotiationOrganise steering committeePeople managementproject managementR&DWork cross-functionally


  • MA (Distinction) in Human Resource and Knowledge Management from Lancaster University in 2004
  • BA (Hons) in Organisational Studies with Human Resource Management from Lancaster University in 2003
  • A Levels in English Language and Literature; Sociology; Music from Hills Road Sixth Form College in 1998
  • in from Ernulf Community School in 1996

Training and Certification

  • Prince2 Practitioner in 2016 Certification

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    12 weeks
  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:


    Expert has 3 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Liverpool, United Kingdom


Driving License
  • No