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TheHill team

Megan Morys-Carter


Megan sits on the Board of The Oxford Trust, an independent charitable trust working across enterprise and innovation; science education; and public engagement with science. She also holds voluntary roles with the angel network OION and Oxford Startups.


Marc Huglin

Operations Manager

Marc has previously held roles as Head of Operations and Project Director within the wholesale financial services sector.

Adele Carvalho

Digital Innovation Officer

Adele has many years experience as a senior Executive Assistant in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mirella Lingwood

Mirella Lingwood

Project Support Officer

Experienced Operations Officer and HR professional, with years of experience, providing business support to public, private and third sector. Customer focused and passionate about supporting people to achieve their best.

Stefania Schino

Grant writer and reviewer

Stefania is a grant writer. She graduated in Finance and Economics, and after the first year spent to assist companies in raising capital from private investors, she joined a company involved in grant writing services and shifted her career to the world of European Funding, focusing on Innovation. As a grant writer and fundraiser, Stefania has experience in supporting companies focused on AI, Medical Devices, Biotech, Robotics for Healthcare, among others. She helped many companies and non-profit entities to obtain funding from the European Funding Program, the SBIR and STTR programs (USA), InnovateUk (UK), contributing to supporting innovative ideas and projects aiming to positively impact the world and our society as a whole.

Sara Cocomazzi

Digital Skills Programme Manager

Sara has previously worked across various roles within NHS commissioning support and secondary care. These include programme management, business development, transformational change and coaching to help make things better for clinical and non-clinical staff.

Abdul Gufar

Accelerator & Digital Innovation Programme Manager

Abdul has over 16 years track record of mentoring entrepreneurs and early stage companies to scale, design strategies, proof of market validation and product launch. With a firm understanding of commercial business practices to innovate, build and deliver on projects, Abdul has spent the last years managing digital accelerators and incubators to drive forward UK Innovation.

Jim Gabriel

Innovation Advisor

Jim is currently engaged with Oxford Innovation Ltd as Entrepreneur-in-Residence providing innovation support to Bucks New University’s newly launched Health Tech and Digital Hubs. A serial entrepreneur, Jim co-founded an innovative and multiple award-winning healthcare IT business selling into the NHS, where he enjoyed the role of CEO responsible for all sales and growth until the founding team successfully exited through acquisition.

Dave Nurse

Innovation Advisor

Dave began his work as a clinical chemist in NHS laboratories, whilst at Oxford University Hospitals he developed an advanced Laboratory Information System and the award-winning Oxford Clinical Intranet. He contributed to the ‘Case Notes’ electronic health record system that became an integral part of the NHS England Spine development of the Summary Care Record system. He led the development of a unique inpatient and emergency care flow and discharge planning product, which went on to achieve a successful trade sale. Dave is one of the Innovation Advisors working to help digital transformation within the Trust and supporting novel digital health startups to gain market acceptance.

Melanie Blanksby

TDSH Programme Manager

Melanie has worked both client-side and in full-service agencies as a communications strategist and experienced multi-disciplinary project leader.
With over twenty years’ experience from a range of sectors across Europe, including medical devices, long-term health conditions and nutrition; she is passionate about delivering health communications from both practitioner and patient perspectives, engaging diverse stakeholders along the way.

Bonny Jennings

Graphics and Communications Officer

Bonny has joined TheHill team as communication officer. Having spent more than 20 years collaborating with researchers and organisations to showcase their work and especially their research in public health and social justice arenas, she is a skilled graphic design and communication specialist. She continues to manage her company ITL Communication & Design from her home in Oxford.

Andrew Ramos

Digital Innovation Projects Officer

Andrew is a DPhil candidate in Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford’s Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, working on projects in cancer immunotherapy and genome engineering. While a scientist now, he has previous experience as a biomedical engineer in biotech startups in clinical trial phases. Like many at The Hill, he has a keen interest in facilitating the integration of digital health innovations in healthcare delivery.

Gareth Hooper

Healthcare Economist

Gareth is a health economist with experience in the NHS and academia. He is a reviewer at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and provides specialist advice on grant applications and study design for health economic content. He is a former committee member at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee.

Ti Xu

Digital Innovations Specialist

Dr Ti Xu is a physicist by academic training receiving his DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2017. He has work experience in education, healthcare innovation, and venture capital. He is particularly passionate about the convergence of digital technologies with health and wellness, and he is a co-founder of a digital health startup that is part of the University of Oxford Incubator.
Currently he is one of the programme managers of Enterprise Process Labs – High Intensity Training, which is designed to teach MBA, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers the skills necessary to identify enterprising opportunities and to pursue high-impact innovation.

Hadassah Buechner

Grant writer and reviewer

Hadassah is currently on the accelerated medicine course at Oxford University. She has previously reviewed grant applications for Oxford IT Innovation for many years as well as working on grant applications for different organisations in the third sector.