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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.

Mirella Lingwood

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 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, Clinical Engagement 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, 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 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, 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.

Bonny has spent her career as a communications and information strategist collaborating with researchers and organisations to showcase their work optimally. Her passion is sharing knowledge, particularly in public health and social justice, so that it’s useful and engaging. Her role at TheHill includes crafting words and designing graphics to achieve this for our programmes. She continues to manage her company ITL Communication & Design, from her home in Oxford.