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Our people

Oxford AHSN Directors and Board members are listed first. Scroll down or click through to the next pages for other members of the Oxford AHSN team. Alternatively, you can refine your search by using the specialties listed below.

Professor Gary A Ford CBE, FMedSci

Gary has been at the helm of the Oxford AHSN since its formation in 2013. In April 2021 he was elected Chair of the AHSN Network, the overarching body bringing together England’s 15 AHSNs. He has twice been Vice Chair of the AHSN Network. He led the successful atrial fibrillation national programme (2018-20) and now leads […]

Specialties: Oxford AHSN Board

Nigel Keen

Nigel Keen chairs the Oxford AHSN Board. He is also Chairman of Syncona Partners, a company funded by The Wellcome Trust which was founded in 2012 and operates as an evergreen investment company, taking an active role in identifying, supporting and developing technologies with the potential significantly to impact the healthcare market of the future. […]

Specialties: Oxford AHSN Board

Dr Paul Durrands

Paul joined the Oxford AHSN in 2013. He has oversight of all its activities with a particular focus on governance, business planning, environmental sustainability and partnerships with integrated care systems. ​Paul has an extensive commercial background, with international experience of licensing, contracting and mergers and acquisitions​. He has also been a director of two life […]

Specialties: Oxford AHSN Board

Tracey Marriott

Tracey is an MBA (Henley Management College) qualified commercial and transformational change professional who has worked in both the private sector (material science and health) and the public health sector for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience of delivering complex programmes regionally, nationally and across Europe (budget values up to £1.6 billion). Prior […]

Specialties: Clinical Innovation Adoption

Katherine Edwards

Katherine leads on Patient Safety and Clinical Improvement at the Oxford AHSN, running a large number of quality improvement projects across the region, and contributing to national patient safety programmes. Katherine has over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS and healthcare, starting her career in midwifery and progressing through clinical management of wards and […]

Specialties: Patient Safety and Clinical Improvement
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James Rose

James has been working in the life science and healthcare sector for over 15 years in a range of roles focussed on improving patient access to healthcare innovation. James holds a PhD in Regenerative Medicine and worked in pharma, SMEs and consulting in R&D, commercial and market access roles before joining the Oxford AHSN to […]

Specialties: Strategic and Industry Partnerships

Dr Siân Rees

Siân leads the Oxford AHSN Community Involvement and Workforce Innovation theme. Siân and her team work across the Oxford AHSN region helping to ensure that patients and the public are involved from needs analysis to design, delivery and evaluation of health and care services. The team also works on assessment of need, scoping for innovations […]

Specialties: Community Involvement Workforce Innovation

Joe Harrison

Joe Chairs the Oxford AHSN Research and Development Oversight Group. He has been Chief Executive of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2013. Joe has over 25 years’ experience of working in acute hospitals, including senior roles in large teaching hospitals and district general hospitals. He has a track record for improving patient services […]

Specialties: Research and Development Oxford AHSN Board

Dr Minoo Irani

Minoo co-chairs the Oversight Group for Community Involvement and Workforce Innovation. He is Medical Director of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. A consultant paediatrician, Minoo has experience of working on projects and committees within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, General Medical Council, Department of Health and Berkshire Research Ethics Committee.

Specialties: Oxford AHSN Board Community Involvement Workforce Innovation

Neil Dardis

Neil is Chief Executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, taking up the post in March 2018. He was previously Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, a position he held from April 2015. He has an in-depth understanding of acute and teaching hospitals, community and specialist services based on over 20 years’ experience in […]

Specialties: Oxford AHSN Board Clinical Innovation Adoption