The South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) is dedicated to improving health and care, and spreading innovation across the region. We're part of a national network of 15 AHSNs, set up by NHS England to identify, adopt and disseminate innovative healthcare.

We're a company limited by guarantee (CLG). The company's and Board's overarching aim is to improve health and create wealth in the region. CLG status gives us a clear governance structure with strong support and oversight from senior representatives of the healthcare and wealth-creation sectors.

Our Board is chaired by Dr Alastair Riddell. He is a Non-Executive Director and Board Chair for a number of organisations which have extensive experience in the UK research and development sector.

The SW AHSN, based at Pynes Hill Court, Exeter, has a core team of professional staff, led by the Interim CEO, Louise Witts.

The Network is a membership organisation with partners drawn from a range of collaborating organisations across the South West.

You can find out more about the work we do in the SW AHSN Annual Review 2016-2017.