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TheHill team

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.


Danii Bird

Danii leads on the operational management and delivery of TheHill’s objectives and key projects. She works closely with the whole team to design, implement and maintain systems and processes to ensure effective delivery.

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

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.

Abdul Gufar, Market Accelerator & SMEs 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 a serial entrepreneur and seasoned mentor to entrepreneurs in early stage digital health tech businesses. 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. Jim is currently helping CardMedic to scale up internationally.

Dave Nurse, Digital Innovation Manager

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.

Hellen Chabunya

Hellen Chabunya, Partnerships and Communications Manager

Having recently completed her Masters in Public Policy at Oxford University, Hellen uses her diverse communications experience working for different governments, the private sector and non profit organisations, in her role at TheHill.

Ed Jaspers, Clinical Engagement Manager 

Ed comes to TheHill from the Culture and Leadership service at OUH, where his work focused on engagement and recognition. Before that he led on patient information, interpreting and translation as part of the trust’s Patient Experience Team. With a background in education, the arts and media, he is passionate about collaboration, co-design and communication. 


Katrina Chou, Marketing and Events Coordinator  

Katrina has recently completed her master’s degree in MSc International Events Management at Oxford Brookes University. With a background in curating exhibitions and B2B events. Katrina will be using her events and marketing experiences working for the logistical side of clinical engagement workshops, showcase events, designing and organising content for marketing literature, graphics and newsletters for the Hill.  

Ishbel Henderson, Remote Monitoring Project Officer

Ishbel is delighted to be working with the team as a student researcher, helping with a remote monitoring project. She is also a first year DPhil student in the department of primary care, looking at multimorbidity care in the elderly population. Before moving to Oxford Ishbel undertook an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE), which is a biotechnology focused MBA, and a BSc in immunology. This has driven her towards a career in improving healthcare for the people who need it. 

Hadassah Buechner, Grant Writer 

Hadassah is a grant writer. She has supported various projects across AI development, medical devices, and health software. She also spends her time working clinically and in research, with a special interest in paediatrics and mental health. 

Sophie Collier, Personal Assistant

Sophie is Megan’s personal assistant, newly joined on the role after spending the past few years as a medical secretary during the pandemic within the Oxford University Hospital’s trust.

Sophie Shang, Remote Monitoring Project Officer

Sophie is a first-year DPhil student studying Computational Psychiatry at Oxford. She is passionate about new products and technologies that have the potential to innovate healthcare. At the Hill, Sophie is working on a project driven by patient need to understand how remote monitoring technology can improve care and outcomes (if you are someone with experience with remote monitoring, please reach out at She enjoys reading and baking, tries her best to meditate daily, and takes her plants on walks to sunbathe.