Abigail is an Analyst within Unity Insights and joined the team in 2020. Having received an MEng in bioengineering from the University of Sheffield, specialising in medical devices, she has a special interest in the use of AI in healthcare. Projects she has worked on have varied from validation reports, health economic evaluations, and service reviews. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tabletop games and hanging out with her cat.
Alex has a background in Economics and International Business, with additional expertise in technology and virtual event coordination. Since joining the team, Alex has delivered several mixed methods reports to clients, utilising both thematic and statistical analysis approaches, and health economic modelling. Recent evaluations include leading on a qualitative research-based leadership training programme, and delivering a thematic based mini report on students’ mental health. Outside of work Alex enjoys a variety of sports, escape rooms, and relaxing with his two large chaotic cats.
With over 16 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, Ben specialises in analysing and visualising data, developing measurement frameworks, and improving data literacy. He has previously developed data analysis tools for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative programme, now being used nationally. Currently, Ben provides support for metrics on all AHSN National Spread programmes and AAC RUPs. In his spare time, Ben is studying for an MSc in Health Informatics and is an occasional runner, having completed the Gatwick half marathon in 2019.
Charmaine joined the team as an Analyst in 2022, with an academic background in Biological Sciences. During her bachelor’s degree she carried out a meta-analysis on the disproportionate spread of SARS-CoV-2 sequence deposition in relation to global development indices. She has a strong interest in health inequalities and is keen to expand her knowledge in health economics. Outside of work, Charmaine enjoys running, going to the gym, and gallery hopping.
After acquiring an MRes in Economics, Conor moved into the healthcare industry with a passion for supporting quality improvement and addressing inequalities through data. Conor’s experience in healthcare centres around the AHSN Network’s national programmes, health tech evaluations, and population health. Conor is, sadly, an Arsenal fan but looks to his cat and his cocker spaniel to pick him up after matches.
Emily has a background in Nutritional Science, Public Health Nutrition, and Microbiome research, and previously worked as a dietary assistant in a children’s hospital back in her hometown of Sydney, Australia. Since joining the team, Emily has become skilled in using Tableau, R, and Excel to visualise data and perform quantitative analysis. She loves dancing and has performed at the Sydney Opera House.
Eric joined the team as an Analyst in 2022, with an academic background in Psychology, Sociology, and Social Research. During his studies, he worked as a teaching assistant on an access to higher education course in Birmingham, and as a research assistant at the University of Cincinnati on projects related to racial and gender biases pertaining to female STEM faculty. He has a strong interest in health inequalities and is keen to expand his knowledge on health economics and data visualisation in Tableau. Outside of work, Eric’s hobbies include cooking, writing about football, and solo travelling!
Fay joined the team in November 2021 after graduating with an MSc in Psychological Research. Previously, she has completed an internship in collaboration with Bangor University and Oxford University to examine an NIHR-funded antibullying RCT trial with primary school pupils. Outside of work, Fay enjoys playing the guitar and is an avid festival-goer. At the weekends, you can find her horse riding at her local stables.
With a background in biochemistry, Henry joined the team in 2021 having previously supported SMEs with data analysis and technology. His work is centred on a detailed understanding of new technologies to inform wider implementation in the fields of AI, patient outcomes, and oncology. Outside of work you can find Henry kickboxing, cooking, or buying history books he will never read.
Chief Operating Officer
With a background in the private and public sectors and nearing 20 years’ experience in analytical and leadership roles, Ian has a breadth of knowledge that has been transferrable across industries. His remit includes operational delivery, finance, and reporting, and he can talk for hours on creative dashboard design. When he’s not at work, you can often find Ian enjoying some live sport or music; he watches both better than he plays.
Issy joined the team in 2020 after graduating and has a background in mathematics. Her recent projects have been heavily focussed on visualising data in Tableau for a health inequalities project, and a piece on the workforce impact of AI in healthcare. In addition to this, she also has a keen interest in health economics. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym and dog walks.
James joined Unity Insights in 2022, having graduated in 2021 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. During this time, he developed an interest in machine learning and its potential applications within analytics, performing simulations and quantitative analytics as part of his studies. In his downtime, James is often cooking (and eating), watching sports, going to the gym, or listening to music. Over the last few years, he has developed a love of travelling and often thinks about where he would like to go next!
Josh joined the team in 2021, assisting with research and analytics for reporting within evaluations. His experience has mainly surrounded digital solutions that reduce face-to-face pressure on NHS providers, and identifying health technology procurement routes within the healthcare sector. Josh has moved into this role as a recently retired English Premiership rugby player.
Having worked in, or been associated with, the NHS since 2007, Justin has seen a lot of change and strives to make a difference. He believes that analytics plays a large role, whether through quality improvement, evaluating new products, or conveying impact. He enjoys the challenge of turning big data into dynamic visualisations that can be easily understood by all stakeholders. Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending time with his family and is a sports enthusiast with an interest in the stock market.
HR and OD Advisor
Before joining the team in 2022, Kathryn worked in the private and public sector providing strategic and operational HR support. She achieved her CIPD HR qualifications alongside her previous roles in HR and is now studying for her degree in Psychology. Kathryn is passionate about culture and engagement and is currently supporting the company in organisational development projects. In her spare time, Kathryn likes to find new places to walk with her dog, Red.
Laura joined the team in 2017 after graduating with an MSc in Health Psychology. Her main focus is on evaluations of products or programmes, working closely with NHS, industry, and academia. Though her main skills lie in qualitative analysis, she leads several projects which utilise health economic modelling. She is an avid lover of cats and Christmas, and spends half the year attempting to grow fruit and veg.
Léa received a MSc in Engineering from Télécom Physique Strasbourg and an executive MBA from EM Business School. Her areas of focus have included evaluating digital health technologies utilising quantitative, qualitative, and health economics methods; framework design with NHSX and HEE; and previously supporting the European project, MOTION. She is an avid learner with an interest in health economics, social prescribing, and AI technologies. When it comes to hobbies, Léa is a jack-of-all-trades and dabbles in martial arts, running, and dance.
Chief Services Officer
Marie-Anne oversees the development and delivery of specialised portfolios of research, evaluation, and analytics services. She has an interest in the human factor of data-driven solutions in healthcare, and embedding social determinants of health and behavioural approaches to care models. When unable to travel to her home countries, either lounging on a Greek beach or sipping French wine, she tries to escape Cambridge’s grey weather by running and meditating.
Mike has a breadth of experience in the analysis of complex data sets, economic modelling, statistics, and research, developed during his background within the pensions and investment sector. He leads a variety of digital health technology programmes and works extensively with AHSNs on health economics, financial modelling, and study design, to critically assess new innovations and assist their spread and adoption. He can often be seen cycling across Europe, lifting heavy objects, or playing the piano to his guppies, who are named after Crystal Palace footballers.
Nadia joined the team in 2022 with an academic background in Economics. Her dissertation studied the impact of innovation on sales growth in SMEs. She has an interest in health and behavioural economics, inequalities, and improving efficiencies/ innovation. She is also interested in the rise of Tech and AI and how that will shape the future, as well as anything that affects the day-to-day lives of people. Outside of work she loves to travel, long green walks, sun and trying new things!
Natascha has an academic background in Neuroscience, Anatomy, and Histology. She has worked in healthcare and research in Germany, Australia, and England for more than 10 years. She joined the Unity Insights team in January 2022 and loves playing around with Excel. In her spare time she enjoys dancing; visiting her hometown of Cologne, Germany; or walking and spoiling her somewhat crazy, yet adorable, German Shepherd.
Nicola has a broad range of experience with foundations in Economics and Sustainable Development. She previously worked within the charity sector in roles including business development and quality improvement, with a core strength in implementing new processes and systems, including integrating IT solutions and upskilling staff. Nicola works with KSS AHSN Programme Delivery to embed strong metrics and impact reporting across projects, and develops reporting dashboards for KSS AHSN and the AHSN Network. In her free time, Nicola enjoys spending time with her dog and walking in the countryside.
Prior to joining in 2018, Peter worked in financial services, supporting product and process development, quality improvement, and regulatory change. He has undertaken several evaluations, with particular focus on regional stroke services and digital transformation. Peter has also led on activity modelling work using system dynamics techniques, while using his prior experience to support the company’s data protection and information governance processes. In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing the guitar, while trying to get to as many gigs or football and rugby games as he can.
Chief Executive Officer
Having worked previously in the private sector, Richard moved to the NHS in 2011, where his experience largely centres on large scale commissioning and transformational change. His focus has always been around utilising analytics and improvement science to demonstrate impact and value. Outside of work, Richard loves playing sports/games, and generally dancing through life.
After obtaining a BSc in Neuroscience, Sage joined the team in 2019. She has developed a keen interest in understanding health and behavioural economics, and human factors engineering. Sage is particularly interested in projects evaluating AI technologies that are intended for diagnosis, and projects that are clinically focused. Her weekends are spent touring the country for touch rugby tournaments, having joined a team earlier this year.
After graduating with an MSc in Chemistry, Sam worked for a biotechnology start up in Cambridge where he witnessed first-hand how technology can be implemented to transform medical research. Keen to apply his scientific background to the field of healthcare analytics, Sam joined Unity Insights in 2022, focusing on the evaluation of AI driven medical technologies. In his free time, Sam enjoys playing football, travelling, and hosting BBQs with his friends.
Shannon completed her Financial Risk Management degree in 2019 before working in the Financial Services sector in South Africa. She moved to the UK in 2021 and joined the team as an Analyst. Shannon is part of our national reporting team and is also working on a project exploring carbon savings in healthcare. Shannon is passionate about health and wellness, and is a certified health coach and indoor cycle instructor. She loves to be outdoors and can often be found running along the Thames River path!
Tom has been part of the team since 2017, having graduated with a degree in Forensic Science. He primarily focuses on supporting the AHSN Network’s metrics and reporting agendas for all national spread programmes, AAC RUPs, and local programmes. Tom also leads on the delivery of analytics for the national NHSI COPD and asthma discharge bundles programmes. Unlike Mike, Tom spares his guppies from piano playing, but they are on the receiving end of his frequent whinges about Newcastle United.
Tommy gained four years of experience working as a community pharmacy assistant before earning a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, followed by a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Leeds. As an Analyst within the team, he is supporting on evaluations of interventions and healthcare policies, including the Sussex Winter Access Fund and the Flu Test and Treat initiative. In his spare time, Tommy enjoys playing his guitar, cooking good vegan food, cycling, and going to the gym.
Valeria joined the team in 2022, assisting Unity Insights with Marketing and Communications. While obtaining her BSc in International Political Economy, she focused her professional experience on digital marketing, branding, and social media communications. She is particularly interested in developing marketing strategies, social media content, and building reputations for organisations that have a social purpose. Outside of work, she spends time with her friends and deeply enjoys life’s little pleasures.