N8 and NHSA celebrate #NorthInnovationWomen for International Women’s Day


Today on International Women’s Day the NHSA and N8 Research Partnership are celebrating inspirational women making their mark on the world of innovation.

We’ve partnered up with the NHSA on their successful #NorthInnovationWomen campaign, which aims to promote the work of women in innovation across the North, presenting a showcase of role models to women and girls thinking of working in, or studying, the many sectors where innovation is key.

The Northern Health Science Alliance and the N8 Research Partnership are both passionate about gender equality and championing those in the North of England that are achieving great things in their field of work.

Dr Annette Bramley, Director of the N8 Research Partnership said: “We are so pleased to collaborate with the NHSA to encourage a culture of inclusiveness and diversity, providing a platform for women in innovation to lift each other up and celebrate the strengths of our female talent in the North.

Inclusiveness within the NHSA and N8 partnerships makes us stronger and creates an environment where we can collaborate with others with a diversity of disciplines, perspectives and methods, which will lead to better research outcomes and impacts for the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.”

Over the last few weeks, we have called on our Twitter followers to use the hashtag #NorthInnovationWomen to recognise the excellence of female innovators working across the North. We’re honoured to today publish the list of inspirational women – as recognised by friends, colleagues, and peers.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to make suggestions and thank you to all the amazing women featured below. Keep on pushing boundaries!


North Innovation Women 2020

Aileen Henderson @TEWVresearch, facilitating innovation across the breadth of their Foundation Trust

Ailsa Pickering, Nurse specialist, pill trainer, Great North Children’s Hospital

Alexandra Eavis, Founder of @DovetailLab: @AlexandraEavis

Dr Alison Lane, Associate Professor of Psychology at @DREX_Durham: @DrAliLane

Professor Amanda Ellison, Executive Director, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University: @ellison_brain

Amanda (Tortice) Lee: @Amanda_S_Lee

Amanda Lamb, Director, HILL: @waltzinglamb

Amanda Risino, Managing Director, Health Innovation Manchester

Amy Gadoud, Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine @ioelc @LancasterUni and Community Consultant @BlackpoolHosp: @agadoud

Namrata Ganneri, Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow in @YorkHistoryDept and the Centre for Global Health Histories at @UniofYork

Dr Ang Davies, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Bioinformatics, University of Manchester: @AngDavies14

Angela Topping, Head of Newcastle Joint Research Office: @AngelaTopping74

Anne Cooper, for Minerva Programme with @Ethicalhealthuk and leadership podcaster: @Anniecoops

Anne Richardson, AHSN NENC Project Support Officers

Professor Arpana Verma, Clinical Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology and Hon Consultant in Public Health, University of Manchester

Becky Crow, Clinical Research Project Manager @UniofNewcastle: @beckydavis26

Becky Wassall, NHS Community Dentist, Newcastle Uni Health Service Researcher. Recommended for her health informatics work: @Bexmoxon

Bethany Ainsley, CEO of @opti_me, Chair of @nuvowellbeing, Chair of @ActivCare_coach: @bethanyainsley

Beverley Bryant, CDO @KingsCollegeNHS: @Beverley_Bryant

Camila Caiado, Associate Professor of Statistics at @durham_uni: @CamilaCSCaiado

Carol Botten, CEO for VONNE: @Carol_VONNE

Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds, Associate Professor in Physical Activity & Nutrition at @durham_uni: @carolinedod

Caroline Sanders, Professor of Medical Sociology, Director for PPIE at Health Innovation Manchester: @carolin_sanders

Caroline Wroe, Clinical Director @NIHRCRN_NENCumb: @CarolineWroe1

Cat Jones & Rebecca Willis at @padoq: @illustrationcat

Cath Barrow, Senior Programme Development Lead, Health Innovation Manchester: @TheorginalCathB

Cath Wasiuk, E-Materials and Student Support Officer, University of Manchester: @heydftba

Catherine Walshe, Palliative care Researcher at @IOELC, Editor @palliativemedj: @cewalshe

Charlotte Fox, Innovation Manager, @AHSN_NENC: @CharlotteFox22

Charlotte Lewis, Commercial Health Lawyer @MillsandReeve: @charlmchugh

Charlotte Stockton, Project Manager, Co-chair @ResearchPMN_NW: @LottiesLoaves

Chloe Watson, Communications Consultant at Chloe Does Comms: @Chloedoescomms

Christina McHugh, Founder of @MoodbeamLife: @colmermchugh

Christine Jordan, Health Network North Manager at @AHSN_NENC

Claire Burn @RI_STSFT Leading innovation across South Tyneside and Sunderland FT

Claire Graham at @MedConnectNorth lead: @ClaireNENC

Claire Lord, Respiratory Physio in Paediatrics and Cystic Fibrosis: @clairelord17

Claire Smith: @clairepanes82

Claire Work, HR Professional: @clairework2

Dr Clarissa Giebel, Researcher at @arc_nwc @livuni: @ClarissaGiebel

Professor Clare Bambra, Newcastle University: @ProfBambra

Colette, Industry Liaison Manager at @ManchesterBRC, @MMPathIC: @colswebb

Connie Clarke

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals: @JackieDanielNHS

Dannie Moore, Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University @ioelc: @dannicmoore

Dawn Lawson, CEO at @LivHPartners: @lawson_dawn

Donna Smith, Comms Manager @AHSN_NENC: @donnasmith1977

Elaine Readhead, MH Programme Manager at @AHSN_NENC

Eleanor Baggaley, changing the face of education with books on inclusion for children: @ebaggaley

Ellie Chapple, TEDx speaker, Founder of #Flipthenarrative: @elly_chapple

Emily Oliver, Associate Professor of Sport & Exercise Sciences at @durham_uni: @_EJOliver

Emma Gillespie, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. Business development support officer, facilitating innovation across the Trust and wider NHS: @emma_g84

Emma Hicklin, Practice Manager @uvmp1: @emmahicklin

Emma Lim, Consultant Paediatrician, Great North Children’s Hospital: @ejlim8

Emma Reynolds, pushes growth and development of #healthinnovation

Fiona McDonald, Clinical lead of @EPS and Preferences Director @GreatNorthCare: @F10_McD

Fran Hooley, Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Manchester: @FranHooley

Georgina Moulton, Professor of BioHealth Informatics and Education @officialUoM. Director of Alliance Learning and Development @HDRUK: @GeneralGeorge

Hannah Davies, Head of External Affairs Northern Health Science Alliance @The_NHSA: @PRJournoHannahD

Hannah McGivern, founder of @HAN_comms: @han_mcgivern

Helen Ball, Professor of Anthropology at @durham_uni: @BasisOnline1

Helen Simpson, Strategic Relationship Manager @GM_HSC: @_hels_bells

Jackie Gill, Product Manager at IEG4: @jaxg12

Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities at @durham_uni: @RJMacnaughton

Janette Stephenson, MO Programme Lead at @AHSN_NENC

Dr. Jen Townshend NUTH FT pioneer in innovative paediatric asthma interventions and education

Jenni Jardine, Research Associate @CAMHS_Digital

Jenny Hicken, for many reasons and roles including cofounding @GreatNorthWomen: @GreatNorthMum

Jenny McAteer, Director @itsgroundswell: @jen_jen_mac

Jill Riding, pushes growth and development of #healthinnovation

Jill Watson, PM for @GreatNorthCare: @jwatson2801

Jo Elverson, a palliative care entrepreneur at @stoswaldsuk: @ElversonJo

Jo Rycroft-Malone, Dean of Health & Medicine @LancasterUni, Director, NIHR HS&DR- @NIHRresearch: @jorycroftmalone

Jo-Anne Wass, Chief Operating Officer, Leeds Academic Health Partnership @LeedsAHP

Jody Nichols, Health programme lead at @AHSN_NENC: @jodynichols1

Jordan Hewitt, economic growth project support officer at @AHSN_NENC: @jordanhewitt24

Judith Goodship

Julia Newton, Medical Director at @AHSN_NENC: @JuliaN_AHSNNENC

Julia Wood, Maternal and Neonatal Health Safety Collaborative Lead at @AHSN_NENC: @JuliaWoodQI

Karen Bloor, Health economist, University of York: @KBloor

Dr Karen Hind, Assistant Professor Sport & Exercise Sciences at @durham_uni: @DrKarenHind

Karen Murphy, Research Support Manager, University of Manchester: @karenmurphy290

Kate Mackay, Health Improvement Lead @AHSN_NENC

Kath Mackay, MD for @alderleypark, a role model for women in STEM and thought leader in science and tech: @kath_mackay

Katherine Ashby, @RI_STSFT Leading innovation across South Tyneside and Sunderland FT

Katherine Beswick: @KBeswick71

Dr Katherine Eastham, pioneer in innovative paediatric asthma interventions and education

Kathryn Common – Communications Manager for @GreatNorthCare and and cofounder of @GreatNorthWomen: @kathryncommon

Kathryn Hardy, LMS lead Midwife @LMSNorthern for her work locally and system wide to deliver a continuity model to benefit all women: @Kathryn83673952

Katie Bushby, Professor Emerita in Neuromuscular Genetics Newcastle University: @BushbyKate

Kay Faulkner, Enterprise growth manager at @MFTnhs: @KayfIPI

Kirstie Taylor, Strategic Comms lead at @AHSN_NENC: @kirstie64

Lamiece Hassan, HDRUK research fellow and public engagement specialist: @lameicehassan

Dr Laura Breen, Impact & Engagement Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University: @duchessmuse

Laura Rooney, Associate Director of Communications @HealthInnovMcr @laurarooney24

Lesley Kay, Deputy Medical Director, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; National Clinical Lead for Rheumatology, GIRFT; Consultant Rheumatologist, NUTH; vice Chair, North Clinical Senate: @GenQ5Lesley

Lily Mott, Executive Assistant, Northern Health Science Alliance: @_raviolily

Linda Tinkler, NMAHP Research Lead, @NewcastleHosps PhD student @NursingSRA: @tinklelin

Lisa Kell, Director of Commissioning SYB ICS

Lisa Robinson, Consultant Allied Health Professional (AHP) @NewcastleHosps and Honorary Senior Lecturer @UniofNewcastle and all round encourager: @DrLisa_AHP

Lisa Wood, Early detection and resuscitation Lead Nurse at County Durham and Darlin NHSFT: @lisaward513

Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO, Orcha: @LizAshallPayne

Liz Brown, Health Programme Manager at @AHSN_NENC: @lizsargent66

Liz Mear, CEO, The Innovation Agency: @MearLiz

Lizzy Hodcroft and Emma Reilly, founders of @wearemyndr

Lorelle Dismore, Health Psychologist and Research and Innovation Officer at @northumbriaNHS: @lorelle_dismore

Lorna Green, Director of Enterprise and Growth, Innovation Agency: @LornaGreenNWC

Lottie King, founder of @leosneonatal, trailblazer in mental health support for families with a sick or preterm baby in NICU

Louise Kenny, Executive Pro Vice Chancellor, Health & Life Sciences @LivUni: @louiseckenny

Louise Sinclair, Co-founder of @One_HealthTech: @louisesinclair

Louise Wilson, Network convener / NHS Clinical Networks/ #GreatNorthWomen co-founder: @NetworkLouise

Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research & Evidence at @NIHRresearch: @klouisewood

Lucía Pareja Cebrián, Consultant Microbiologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary: @ParejaCebrian

Dr Lynda Boothroyd, Professor of Psychology at @durham_uni: @drboothroyd

Lynne McKenna, Dean of Education @sunderlanduni: @proflynnemc

Dr Mandy Dixon, Head of Corporate Engagememt at NHSA: @mandydixon100

Marieke Emonts, Consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at Great North Children’s Hospital and Newcastle University: @mariekeemonts

Maxine Mackintosh, Co-founder of @One_HealthTech: @Maxi_Macki

Michelle Waugh, @AHSN_NENC Project Support Officer: @michellewaugh11

Monica Hughes

Morag Burton, Chief Operating Officer @NIHRCRN_NENCumb: @morag_burton

Namrata Ganneri, Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow in @YorkHistoryDept

Nancy Preston from @ioelc @lancasteruni: @nancypreston16

Professor Dame Nicky Cullum, Professor of Nursing, University of Manchester: @nicolacullum

Nicky Timmis, PPIE Manager for @HealthInnovMcr: @nickytimmis

Dr Nicola Wesley, CEO, AHSN NENC: @NicolaWesley

Professor Nicola Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive at NHSA: @NicWils68

Nikki Holdsworth, Project Lead at @AHSN_NENC: @nikkinewthinking

Pauline Singleton, Cycstic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist at @TeessideCF: @pauline_sing

Pauline Whelan, Digital Health Lead: CAMHS Digital: @_PaulineWhelan

Rachael Forbister, Sunderland CCG, TEC lead: @rforbister

Rachel Agbeko, Paediatric Consultant Intensivist: @RachelAgbeko

Rachel Brennan, Network Coordinator @itsgroundswell & @wcmtuk: @missrmbrennan

Rachel Joynes, Director of Infrastructure at @LivHPartners: @research_ramble

Rachel Mewes, Founder of @three21uk, supporting families with a newborn with Down’s Syndrome: @rachelmewes1982

Rachel Morris, Business Manager at @AHSN_NENC

Rachel Raw, delivering the digital vision: @racheldenseren

Rachel Royall, Comms Director at @IBM_UK_news: @RachRoyall

Rachel Turnball, Project Lead at @AHSN_NENC: @Leapoffaith_RT

Rebecca Craig, Continuity of Carer lead midwife @NorthumbriaNHS for her work locally and system wide with to deliver a continuity model to benefit all women: @becfleur

Ruth Bromley, Chair of @ManchesterHCC: @mms_ethics

Ruth Lawson, PR Associate, NHSA : @Ruth_LawsonPR

Ruth Norris, Head of Strategic Relations at Connected Health Cities: @ruthlady

Sally Rennison, VP of sales @patientsco: @Sally_PKB

Sarah Black, Event manager @ahsn_nenc: @saztaz11

Sarah Brearley, Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care @ioelc: @drsarahbrearley

Sarah Brooke, Deputy Chair of @HDR_UK public advisory board: @sarah1brooke

Sarah Daniel, @TEWVresearch, facilitating innovation across the breadth of their Foundation Trust: @Sarahdaniel21

Sarah Rendall, Comms Manager at @AHSN_NENC: @smrendall

Sarah Rodgers, Health Geographer; Prof of Health Informatics @LivUniIPHS: @GeographySarah

Sarah Thew, Senior User Researcher, UX lecturer, health informatics, bioinformatics, and @oht_manchester organiser: @Sarri

Sharon Brown at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, leading on Innovation None

Sheila Payne, Palliative care researcher at @ioelc: @sheilapayne1

Shirley Hannan, Project Manager at the University of Manchester: @ShirleyHannan

Shoshana Bloom, Founder of @InnovaHealthTec: @sbloomconsults

Simone Roche, CEO @NorthPowerWomen, MBE: @simoneroche

Sophie Bates, Programme Manager @AHSN_YandH: @SophieSophBates

Stella James, Head of BD at @Bionow

Stephanie Downey, Chair for @GreatNorthCare ADASS group: @stephjdowney

Stephanie Walton, Director of Finance, AHSN NENC: @walton_Steph

Sue Hart, Health programme manager at @AHSN_NENC

Teresa Fortune, @RI_STSFT, Leading innovation across South Tyneside and Sunderland FT

Dr Tracey Farragher, Lecturer in Healthcare Science, University of Manchester: @TFarragher

Professor Tracy Finch, Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science (Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health) @NorthumbriaUni: @TracyLFinch

Victoria Begg, Founder of @SewHalton for using machine sewing as a platform to build confidence, reduce fabric waste and increase skills: @SewHalton

Victoria Christie, IP & Contracts Manager at @AHSN_NENC

Dr V Palin, Health informatician at Connected Health Cities, Research Fellow in Pregnancy complications & Epidemiologist in AMR using EHRs: @v1kki_p

Professor Wendy Baird, Faculty Director for Research and Innovation, University of Sheffield: @baird_wo


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is #EachforEqual.

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