Professor David Burn

Director of NHIP

Professor Burn oversees the strategic direction of NHIP, ensuring the partnership combines expertise to improve health and care from scientific research.

Professor Burn is the Pro-vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Professor of Movement Disorders in Neurology at Newcastle University. He is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and President Elect for the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

He is internationally recognised for his work, particularly in dementia associated with parkinson’s disease.

Hannah Powell

Chief Operating Officer  

Hannah oversees the day-to-day operations of the AHSC, facilitating effective partnership collaboration and ensuring the continuous advancement of our work programme and shared objectives. With extensive experience in senior leadership roles within the NHS in our region, Hannah brings a wealth of expertise in clinical services, research, and collaborative system integration aimed at enhancing patient outcomes.

Anna Irvin

Project Manager

Anna supports NHIP’s Research and Innovation Sub-Committee as well as providing project management support for a varied portfolio of activities and assisting stakeholders with the development and delivery of collaborative projects.  With over 10 years experience in research, she has a thorough understanding of the national and local research landscape.

Holly-Ann Jardine

Project Manager

Holly brings extensive experience to the NHIP team, especially in Higher Education. Working for four years within the Engagement and Place team at Newcastle University, she is experienced in developing effective working relationships with researchers and other organisations including policy makers, businesses and the community and voluntary sector. Now, she drives initiatives as a Project Manager for NHIP’s Education &Training Sub-Committee.  

Dr Paras Patel

Project Manager

Paras provides project management for a variety of projects within NHIP’s portfolio. He has actively been involved in research and evaluation over the last decade, of which seven years being with the NHS, working in programmes such as Trauma Informed Care, Staff Wellbeing and Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention.

Melanie Armstrong

Head of Communications

Melanie leads on strategic communications, with a focus on enhancing and protecting NHIP’s reputation and engaging a wide range of stakeholders.  She has a strong track record in delivering complex communications messages to a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders, brand management and creating eye catching, impactful campaigns.

Bethany White Burley

Communications Officer

Beth supports with the delivery of events, content creation and digital communications activity across NHIP, to raise the profile of the incredible research taking place across the partnership. This includes overseeing NHIP’s social media channels, updating the website and the stakeholder newsletter.

Kasia Kurowska

Head of Public Partnership

Kasia leads the strategic development of NHIP’s public partnership activity which includes patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE), and participation in health research. With extensive experience in both the NIHR and charity sectors, Kasia is passionate about ensuring NHIP embeds equity of public voice in its work.

Katie Pegg

Public Partnership Coordinator 

Katie will play a pivotal role in coordinating public partnership activities cross NHIP and the Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) in Newcastle Hospitals. Public partnership activities will include patient and public involvement, engagement, and participation activities in health research within the two organisations. Katie is passionate about giving the public and patients the opportunity to share their experiences and add valuable insights in health research.

Sian Johnson

Operations Administrator

Sian supports the core team and ensures the smooth functioning of our operations. With a diverse skill set, she oversees meeting organisation, travel arrangement, procurement and event support. Sian also helps with ad hoc administrative tasks and contributes to fostering a culture of operational excellence.

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