Meet the Team

The HI 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.

Dr Raasti Naseem

Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Healthcare Innovation
Email: [email protected]

Raasti has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Loughborough University and has worked in both industry and academia over 8 years. She spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the engineering department at Newcastle University and her most recent…

Jody Nichols

Associate Director - Health  

Talk to me about... Health Improvement Programmes
Email: [email protected]

Improving Health Projects, CDRC (Clinical Digital Resource Collobarative), Evaluation and the Innovation Pathway Eco System

Mark Pattison

Senior Marketing and 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…

Ben Porter

Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Economic Growth
Email: [email protected]

Ben joined the AHSN NENC as a Programme Manager in Economic Growth in August 2022. Over the past 7 years, Ben has worked primarily in the public sector providing evidence synthesis, horizon scanning, stakeholder engagement and project management expertise within…

Alan Prior

Financial Accountant 

Talk to me about... Financial accounting, Sage, payroll queries
Email: [email protected]

Alan is from Newcastle upon Tyne and lives in the Whitley Bay area. He studied accountancy qualifications at college whilst working in accountancy practice. He has worked in the accountancy profession since 2005 for two different organisations before making the…

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,…

Jill Riding

Project Manager 

Talk to me about... Contracting - PMO - Pathway Transformation Fund
Email: [email protected]

Jill joined the AHSN NENC as a Project Support Officer (Executive) January 2020, after five years employed in a number of roles for North of England Commissioning Support Unit, most recently as Research Project Support Officer. She has a wealth…

Emma Reynolds

Project Support Officer - Patient Safety Collaborative 

Talk to me about... Innovation Pathway, National Lipid Optimisation Programme
Email: [email protected]

Emma is an experienced Administrator with a eye for detail which comes from a background of proofreading, minute taking and all things “secretarial”. She joined the AHSN NENC from Newcastle University where she worked for 22 years. As Project Manager…

Emma Richardson

Programme Manager 

Talk to me about... Innovation, Primary Care, Digital first primary care
Email: [email protected]

Emma joined the AHSN NENC as a Programme Manager in the Economic Growth team in January 2022. Emma’s background is in Children and Young People with a strong interest in Health research. Emma has worked in various roles within education…

Tony Roberts

Clinical Effectiveness Advisor 

Talk to me about... Clinical Effectiveness, Patient Safety, measurement, Quality Improvement
Email: [email protected]

Tony has a measurement background, particularly relating to the safety and quality of clinical care. He Is Deputy Director Clinical Effectiveness at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Director of the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) as…

Anne Richardson

Digital Transformation Project Manager 

Talk to me about... Talk to me about digital inclusion
Email: [email protected]

Anne is the Digital Transformation Project Manager and has been in post since April 2023.  Part of this role includes overseeing the Digital Champions education programme to support digital change in the NHS in the North East and North Cumbria. …

Scott Rennie

Project Manager 

Talk to me about... Economic Growth, Dynamic Purchasing System and Sustainability
Email: [email protected]

Scott joined Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria in September 2023 as a project manager within the Economic Growth team. He has taken on roles within the purchasing team where he helps the Business Development team manage the Dynamic…

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…

Donna Smith

Marketing and 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…

Victoria Strassheim

Pain Workstream Project Lead 

Talk to me about... Pain Pathway
Email: [email protected]

Victoria Strassheim is a Clinical Academic physiotherapist, with over 25 years wide ranging clinical experience and a master’s in clinical research. She also works in a multi-disciplinary fatigue clinic for patients with long term health conditions. Victoria has worked in…