Meet the Team

The AHSN NENC team is made up of an Executive, a Core Team who provide central support, and Programme Managers who lead on our Health Improvement and Patient Safety Programmes.

Find out more about the members of our team below.

Tracy Marshall

National Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Lipid management, Inclisiran and Medicines Safety
Email: [email protected]

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Tracy is a registered Pharmacy Technician, and was working as a secondee on the Medicines Safety Improvement Programme (MedSIP) – Reducing medication errors in Care Homes, for the AHSN NENC.  She has subsequently been successful in obtaining a permanent role…

Helen Seymour

Medicines Optimisation Workstream Lead 

Talk to me about... Medicines Optimisation

Helen has spent all of her career in the NHS. She is a registered pharmacist with extensive experience in both secondary and primary care pharmacy, as well as medicines information services. She started her career in a variety of posts…

Dr Sean Gill

Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Selling into the NHS, Conducting an Evaluation, Environmental Sustainability
Email: [email protected]

Dr Sean Gill

Dr Sean Gill is a Programme Manager in the Innovation and Economic Growth team where he supports innovators in the NHS and industry. He manages a portfolio of programmes and innovations, and supports innovators to successfully move along the AHSN’s…

Ruth Boston

Communications Manager 

Talk to me about... Social Media, PR
Email: [email protected]

Ruth works with the AHSN NENC Communications team to deliver social media campaigns promoting a wide range of programmes, projects and events. She also provides public relations advice and support to the team. Ruth has worked in the media industry…

Mark Pattison

Senior Communications Officer 

Talk to me about... Story development, video content and podcasts
Email: [email protected]

Mark has worked in media and communications for more than 20 years, with a background in TV and Radio production, and a variety of creative and charitable sectors. As a Broadcast Journalist, he has produced news and current affairs stories…

Sarah Rendall

Digital Transformation Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Digital Inclusion, Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence
Email: [email protected]

Sarah joined the AHSN NENC in 2016 and worked in the Communications Team with a focus on digital comms before making the move into the AHSN NENC’s Digital Transformation Team in 2021.Throughout her career Sarah has worked in the private,…

Stuart Kirby

Senior Communications Officer 

Talk to me about... Communications
Email: [email protected]

Stuart joined the AHSN NENC in May 2019 as a communications officer. Having graduated with an MSc in Marketing and Business Management in 2017, Stuart has worked across marketing and communications in a variety of industries, including retail, music and…

Donna Smith

Communications Manager 

Talk to me about... Branding, Content, Case Studies
Email: [email protected]

Working within the Communications team at the AHSN NENC Donna’s focus is on branding and content for brochures and case studies.  As one of 15 AHSNs nationally and a multitude of local member organisations it is essential the core values…

Kathryn Common

Communications Manager 

Talk to me about... Communications, digital transformation, north east and north cumbria digital stakeholders
Email: [email protected]

Kathryn has worked in a range of national and regional digital transformation programmes providing specialised communications support. Nationally this has included NHSmail, HSCN and NHS Spine transitions. Regionally she worked on the Great North Care Record, Health Call and now…

Rachael Forbister

Digital Transformation Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Regulation, telehealth, assistive technology, digital primary care
Email: [email protected]

Rachael has over 15 years of experience in the public sector including a number of years leading digital change in the NHS.  She has a great deal of experience around telehealth, assistive technology, digital in primary care and the human…

Andy Brown

Systems Manager 

Talk to me about... Systems and Information Governance
Email: [email protected]

Andy has 30 years’ experience of working with systems and data across the private and public sectors.  He has extensive project management experience for both small and large-scale projects, has been a computer auditor, data analyst, financial planner and information…

Stephen Lynn

Associate Director 

Talk to me about... Business Development, Company Support, Access to the NHS, Economic Growth, NHS Innovation Service
Email: [email protected]

Stephen is a Business Manager at the AHSN NENC and is responsible for supporting companies wanting to access the NHS. Stephen has a PhD in molecular biology and physiology from Newcastle University and went on to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow…

Emily Whales

National Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Polypharmacy, Opioid Reduction and Medicines Safety
Email: [email protected]

Emily Whales

Emily is a Pharmacy Technician and has over 25 years’ work experience which spans both primary and secondary healthcare. She started her career in an Acute Hospital Trust before moving to work in primary care where she provided GP practice…

Rachel Morris

Economic Growth Operations Manager 

Talk to me about... Business Development, Company support, Access to the NHS, Economic Growth
Email: [email protected]

Rachel is our Economic Growth Operations Manager and is responsible for supporting companies and the economic growth workstream. Prior to working at the AHSN NENC Rachel was a Research Operations Manager for the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research…

Dr Rachel Turnbull

Programme Lead for Healthy Happy Places / ICS NENC Mental Health Evidence & Evaluation Lead  

Talk to me about... Mental health and the built environment
Email: [email protected]

Rachel works in healthcare innovation leading regional projects in the North East of England. Originally qualified as a clinician with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Rachel has developed more than 12 years’ experience in project management and service improvement roles…