Director of Corporate Services, South West Academic Health Science Network
Claire has worked in a variety of health related roles spanning the development of patient focussed business strategy, business planning, clinical and information system management and organisational development.
Claire’s Master’s Degree in Management (University of Exeter) concentrated on the leadership of change and how differing styles and qualities affect both transactional and transformational leadership. Claire has worked in a variety of settings in the NHS, private sector and overseas. She has lead a wide range of service developments, including integration of health and social care.
Financial Director, South West Academic Health Science Network
Chris has a broad range of health and care experience as well as private sector companies. For the past 10 years he has worked with both NHS and commercial clients to deliver strategic and operational objectives.
He also has over 10 years experience as a Finance and IT Director of an NHS Acute trust and private sector companies.
Professor Elizabeth Kay
Associate Dean for Equality and Inclusion / Foundation Dean Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth University
As well as being a full-time academic and Professor of Dental Public Health, Liz is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health, working with Public Health England and the British Dental Association. Her research and public health work focus on inequalities in oral health. She is a highly committed clinician and teacher focusing on the delivery of appropriate care to those who find clinical treatment particularly challenging.
As well as teaching BDS students, Liz is also the Programme Lead for an MBA in Healthcare. In her research career, Liz has attracted approximately 1.5 million pounds of research funding, published 150 peer-reviewed papers and is about to publish her sixth book.
Director, Brake Property Limited
Gavin has a financial background having previously been a Managing Director with the global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In his career he specialised in corporate finance, complex financial transactions and stock market flotations and has experience working across the major economies and financial markets. He now lives full-time in the South West and runs his own businesses in the property and retail sectors. Gavin was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and studied at the Judge Business School.
Professor Janice Kay
Provost, University of Exeter
Janice is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, and manages the university’s Medical School. She's a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, and was first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship.
Dr Jo Roberts
Clinical Lead for Innovation and Medicines Optimisation, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
Jo was a GP for 22 years and is now a clinical lead for South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group. He holds the portfolios for innovation and medicines optimisation. He has worked on a host of projects in the region, all aimed at improving the integration of healthcare services . These include creating the South Devon Joint Formulary – an early example of integrated working between GPs and hospital trusts – and designing a community-wide patient prescribing record. Jo continues to sit on local and national committees that evaluate new medicines and technologies, and produce and implement evidence-based guidelines.
Interim CEO, South West Academic Health Science Network
Louise has over 10 years’ experience working at a local and national level on NHS improvement programmes, with a focus on primary care development and working across organisational boundaries. With initial commercial sector experience, she has more recently been working with the Department of Health, NHS England, and at clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority level. Louise was an operational lead for the delivery of an integrated care model within a clinical commissioning group and understands the complexity of delivering change at a local level.
Dr Mark Edwards
Research & Development (R&D) Director, The Ethical Medicines Industry Group
Mark is a medically-qualified (specialist training in anaesthesia and critical care) and GMC-registered drug developer with 24 years’ pharmaceutical R&D experience. He provides strategic and applied clinical, scientific and policy advice to mainly, small and medium-sized biopharmaceutical companies. He was R&D Director of The Ethical Medicines Industry Group (EMIG) for which he established de novo a strong scientific & medical arm to complement the commercial interests of the association. Now he provides strategic and applied clinical, scientific and policy advice to life sciences organisations throughout the public, private and charitable sectors. He is a founding investor in Wattstor Ltd, a renewable energy storage and management systems company and is its Non-Executive Chairman.
Chief Executive, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Phil is Chief Executive of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - the main provider of mental health, children’s and learning disability services for people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. As a qualified mental health nurse, he has 30 years’ experience working in health care within the public, private and academic sectors.
Director of External Affairs at Association of British Healthcare Industries Ltd (ABHI)
Richard joined the ABHI in June 2015 and has over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries -most recently as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for North West Europe with BD. In November 2013, Richard was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the SW AHSN and took over as its interim Chair in May 2015. He is also a longstanding member of the Institute of Healthcare Management.
Dr Sam Barrell CBE
Chief Executive of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sam Barrell has a background as a clinician. She trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School before working as an anaesthetist in large acute trusts in London and the South East, and became a GP in 2001. Sam is a member of The King’s Fund General Advisory Council, NHS England’s Innovation, Health and Wealth Implementation Board, and the Institute for Public Policy Research's Health Advisory Board. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for her services to clinical commissioning and integrated care.
Professor Stuart Logan
Director, National Institute for Health Research Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (Pen CLAHRC)
Stuart is a practising paediatrician, but his major role is as a researcher and Director of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula - or PenCLAHRC.