Dr Nicola Hutchinson

Chief Executive Officer

Strategy, National AHSN Network, Stakeholder Engagement

Nicola is our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and has been involved in the organisation since 2012. She was part of the original team that successfully secured funding and accreditation for the AHSN NENC. Originally, being appointed as Innovation Director she has had a number of roles within the organisation including Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO.  Nicola ensures the smooth running of the organisation on a day-to-day basis, as well as playing a national role within the AHSN Network. She is the lead Chief Officer for Economic Growth.  Since gaining a PhD in Chemistry from Durham University, Nicola has worked in a variety of regional roles supporting businesses, as well as being an ambassador for innovation in the NHS. She is extremely passionate about innovation and the impact it can have, not only upon a patient but also the wider family, having witnessed this first hand with her handicapped brother, Steven.

The team say – Nicola’s forte is communication, she can read people in an instant and is always thinking 10 steps ahead, she has an acute knowledge of the healthcare landscape and how the various components can support one another – really, she should be running the country!

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