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Who’s who at TheHill

In-house team

Adele Carvalho

Digital Innovation Officer

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

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.


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.

Andrea D'Andrea

Andrea D’Andrea

Marketing Officer

Andrea is a data and content marketing expert. He has previously held roles as Marketing Manager within the telecoms, energy, IT and manufacturing sectors.

Nick De Pennington

Digital Innovation & Population Health Lead and Interim Chair of the Board

Nick is one of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneurs and the CEO of Ufonia, a digital health start-up company developing voice-based robotic-process-automation for the management of long-term conditions.

Jim Gabriel

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.

Abdul Gufar

ISfB 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.

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.

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Marc Huglin

Operations Manager

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

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.

Rhiannon Lassiter

Head of Marketing

Rhiannon was previously Marketing Manager for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University. She is also a professional author of fourteen novels and non-fiction titles, and works as an independent marketing consultant and fitness instructor.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Ramos

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.

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.

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Dr Nick De Pennington

Digital Innovation & Population Health Lead and Interim Chair of the Board

Nick is one of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneurs and the CEO of Ufonia, a digital health start-up company developing voice-based robotic-process-automation for the management of long-term conditions. In his NHS role he is responsible for developing the Trust’s digital health innovation pathways, as well as implementation of Oxfordshire’s digital population health solutions that will deliver more integrated patient-centred care.

Dr Alexander Finlayson

CEO and Head of Product at Nye Health

He graduated with honours, distinction and the finals prize in medicine, has 10 years’ experience developing award winning digital health products (raised > £8 million in grant funding for healthcare innovation) and continues to practice as a General Practitioner two sessions each week. He is a Doll Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford, was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University studying systems biology and Head of Research at the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was awarded British Medical Journal junior doctor of the year in 2012 for founding a DFID funded technology company which delivers capacity building interventions in the health sector in fragile states with a particular focus on Somalia.

Dr Fred Kemp

Deputy Head of Licensing & Ventures, Life Sciences, Oxford University Innovation

For the last five years, Fred and his team at OUI have made it their mission to help digital health innovators and entrepreneurs change healthcare for the better.

In that time, he has helped create over 30 companies and raised over £100M in investment. His role requires not just a strong multidisciplinary approach, with clinicians, researchers and developers coming together, but also access to translational and seed funding, as well as experts in clinical trials, medtech regulations, health economics,healthcare procurement and commercial modelling, to guide innovators through the challenges and complexities of bringing transformational healthcare technologies to market.

Fred has a degree and PhD in Biochemistry and many years as an expert in molecular kinetics, real-time diagnostics and bioinformatics; provided expertise and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry; co-founded a point of care nanotech diagnostics startup; and, worked as an application specialist for GE Healthcare.

Ryan Pink

Dr Ryan Pink

Oxford Brookes

Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics and Ambassador for the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre.

Kerry Rogers

Kerry Rogers

Director of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary, Oxford Health NHS Trust

Kerry is a strategic leader in the field of governance with a proven record of delivering governance turnaround in challenging operational environments especially in complex NHS organisations with budgets in excess of £250m. She is a passionate team player with a strong value set that supports engagement of all staff groups. As a trusted member of the Board of Directors within the NHS and having held the Board position of Finance Director and Company Secretary within her previous private sector employment, Kerry has operated in a position of strategic responsibility from both a financial and corporate governance perspective.

Richie Harrington

Dr Richie Harrington

Richie is a public health data scientist at the University of Oxford. He is a co-founder of TheHill and of DHOx. Richie has a B.A. in Genetics from Trinity College, Dublin, an M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the University of Ulster, and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge. He has experience and interests in medical informatics, mobile and web technologies, wearable sensors, and their applications within a health environment.

Guy Rooney

Dr Guy Rooney

Medical Director, Oxford AHSN

Guy was previously medical director at Great Western Hospitals in Swindon where he worked for almost 20 years. Guy has been a consultant in sexual health and HIV since 1999. He is also medical specialist advisor at the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sian Rees

Dr Siân Rees

Director of Patient & Public Involvement, Engagement & Experience, Oxford AHSN

Siân leads the Oxford AHSN Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience theme, working across the region with colleagues in NHS trusts, NHS England, Health Education England Thames Valley and the Oxford CLAHRC. Siân also carries out research on experiences of health and healthcare at the University of Oxford. She is an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College.

Siân has a background in public health medicine with over a decade of policy development experience at the Department of Health. She is a former mental health director who has also worked as a public health advisor to NHS commissioners at local and national level.

Martyn Ward

Martyn Ward

Director of Strategy & Chief Information Officer, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

As an engineer with a background primarily in IT and information, Martyn has 27 years’ public service experience and has served in the Royal Air Force, Thames Valley Police and most recently, at Oxfordshire County Council, where he led IT Services from 2012.