Our Board

Our Board members bring a range of expertise and experience to help guide our strategy.

David Clayton-Smith
Chair

David is Chairman of Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN), responsible for pulling together health science/tech commercial and academic partners to work with the National Health Service to develop and spread innovation in health and social care, whilst supporting wealth creation in the UK.
He also Chairs Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West Integrated Health System. He has previous experience in health, having Chaired East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust which operates Eastbourne and Hastings General Hospitals and Community Services. David acted as Independent Chair for the Improving Healthcare Together 2020-30 which oversaw the provision of health services in the Epsom St Helier system.
David spent 25 years in senior board commercial roles within the brewing industry and as a Board Director of three large UK Retailers, including Boots and Halfords. He has also been Chair of MBO start-ups and a UK listed media business.
He has held a number of Non-Executive Director roles in the commercial, public and not for profit sectors, including being Chair of Thames Valley Housing, operating 15,000 houses in the private rental and affordable housing sectors.
David is also a Trustee on the Board for the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH).

Dr Fiona Craig
Non-Executive Director

Fiona has extensive international experience in the development of pharmaceutical and biotech products in both smaller companies and the global pharma giants. She has negotiated and managed several international inter-disciplinary partnerships in the industry. Fiona has worked in the development of biotech products for registration and marketing. She has been involved in the development and realisation of intellectual property, and is familiar with aspects of due diligence in product and company acquisitions.
She has significant experience of change management in the healthcare sector having acted as national lead in contract management for the Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme in the Commercial Directorate at the Department of Health in the UK and in organisational development or turnaround as Network Director, Director of Commissioning and Corporate Services Director for the Kent and Medway Cancer Network, Surrey Sussex Commissioning Support Unit, and KSS AHSN, respectively.
Fiona is also the Finance and Corporate Services Director at KSS AHSN (job share).

Dr Charlotte Roberts
Non-Executive Director

Charlotte is a medical doctor by background and leads KSS AHSN’s Technology Navigation team, driving the spread and adoption of evidence-based innovations across KSS. She has previously worked clinically in England’s health and social care system as well as completed an NHS National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellowship with the Faculty for Medical Leadership and Management. Charlotte was previously Vice President for Standardisation at the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) driving value-based healthcare internationally through patient-centred outcome measurement and real time use of outcome data. She supports KSS AHSN’s engagement and relationship across Sussex Health and Care Partnership, understanding and responding to system priorities, and works with innovators to support the development of well-evidence innovations that deliver value to citizens and the health and social care system.

Mike Burrows
Non-Executive Director

Mike Burrows is the National AHSN Network Coordination Director and has previously held roles as the Managing Director of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the Director of the NHS England (Greater Manchester) Area Team and Chief Executive of NHS Greater Manchester.

From May 2004 until May 2011 he was Chief Executive of Salford Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT). Originally a Doctor of Biochemistry, Mike has worked in the NHS for 33 years now, both in the finance discipline and general management.

He has an active interest in the use of evidence based medicine and a passionate believer of the benefits of strong ties between the NHS, academia and industry. In this respect, he was one of the founding Board members of the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) and under his leadership developed Salford PCT to be one of the leading research active PCTs in the country.

In his current role, Mike has the responsibility for engaging the NHS, academia & industry to generate health & wealth particularly through the adoption and diffusion of innovation and research output.

Richard Lee-Wright
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.

Ian Mylon
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.

Marie-Anne Demestihas
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.