NHIP welcomes new Communications Team

Newcastle Health Innovation Partners is proud to announce the appointment of new Head of Communications, Melanie Armstrong, and Communications Officer, Bethany White Burley.

The newly created communications function will work alongside Pro-vice Chancellor Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University and Director of NHIP, Professor David Burn and NHIP Chief Operating Officer, Hannah Powell to increase the reach, impact and visibility of our Academic Health Science Centre.  They will raise the profile of how collaborative working through NHIP translates world-class research and innovation into real world benefit – both in terms of improving population health and economic growth.

Hannah said:

“Creating a communications function was a really important step for us to bring the next chapter of the NHIP journey to life. We are delighted to welcome both Melanie and Beth, who will support us in sharing the excellence taking place between our partners and the impact our work is having within our communities. They have joined us at a pivotal time in our accreditation and their appointment will be vital for our stakeholder outreach and growth over the coming years.”

Melanie has over 20 years communications experience, including working in NHS communications and economic development. She said:

“I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead the Communications Team at NHIP. Having an Academic Health Science Centre in our area is something to be incredibly proud of as it is testament to the excellence we have here. I very much look forward to telling the story of how NHIP and the collaboration of its partners make a huge difference to people in the area.”

Beth joins us with PR agency experience which is crucial to supporting our stakeholder communications and engagement.

Commenting on her appointment, Beth said:

“I am delighted to be joining NHIP at such an exciting time and immensely proud to play a part in representing the incredible work the Academic Health Science Centre is having within our area. It is crucial that the positive impact NHIP are having on the health of our communities is circulated to symbolise the value collaborative working has across a larger scale.”

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