Ian Baines
Associate - Transformation

Ian is an accountant by background. Throughout his professional ‘numbers’ career, he was passionate about supporting people and teams to realise their potential. Having been an NHS Director of Finance for seven years, Ian changed career direction in 2015 to work in organisational development supporting the integration of three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The learning experience in making this change has been both daunting and exciting and Ian is enjoying his continued transition with the Horizons team. His work with Horizons is varied and includes leading programmes of work, developing partnerships, providing insight into business processes, organisational development and reflection on Trust and CCG workings where needed.

Pardeep Bains
Project Officer

Pardeep provides programme management and technical expertise to the Continuing Healthcare workstream, whilst supporting the online technical requirements for the Horizons programmes, including the School for Change Agents and the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery virtual hackathon.

Pardeep is one of the team’s virtual super connectors, utilising various online applications to manage and facilitate teams and individuals from the UK and around the world to work and collaborate in a virtual environment. Pardeep is interested in coaching and mentoring and has ambitions to one day deliver a TEDx talk.

Olly Benson
Communities Programme Manager

Prior to joining the NHS in 2014, Olly started his career at the BBC, where he worked as an entertainment reporter for Radio 1’s Newsbeat, and was part of the team that created The ONE Show. Olly left the BBC to work in the charity sector, working at young people’s charity Headliners, before working at digital youth information and advice charity YouthNet (now TheMix).  He ran the Do-it, the UK’s national volunteering website, for five years, working as an advisor for the Gamesmaker volunteer programme as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. After the Games, Olly led spinning out Do-it  from YouthNet to become its own social-enterprise, where he was Operations Director.

As part of Horizons, Olly leads on our work around personalisation - working closely with the Personalised Care Group. Over the last 12 months he has spent a considerable amount of time in Greater Manchester, mentoring and facilitating local teams as part of the Person and Community Centred Approaches team at GMHSC. He has also led the production of the School for Change Agents for the past two years.

Away from work, Olly is a non-executive director of Democracy Club, a social enterprise that uses digital technology to improve political engagement. He’s also busy being a dad to two small children.  Having been born with a congenital heart condition, and had multiple operations including open heart surgery as a child, he is passionate about improving the NHS for all.

Helen Bevan
Chief Transformation Officer

Helen has been supporting quality improvement within the health and care system for nearly 30 years. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care, including in cancer services, urgent and emergency care, services for people living with dementia and care in the community.

Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over the years that is rare in internal change agents. She has managed to keep learning, growing and delivering change. Over time, her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a very large scale.

Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally, reaching more than a million people each month through her social media connections, virtual presentations, commentaries and blogs.

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Dom Cushnan
Artifical Intelligence Lead - Digital & Social Transformation

Dominic leads on Horizons’ technology endeavors. From hackathons to unconferences Dominic spends his days looking at how the future of technology will impact the way we both organise and deliver health, using this knowledge to create a spark and amplify our health system colleagues’ power. With his entrepreneurial background in ground breaking technology solutions working with the pioneers in virtual reality, computer vision and projects like the Holodeck (Birmingham University), he has spent the last decade focusing less on the technical and more on the people element in change.

Ranked among the top 0.1% of people talking about healthcare and the top 0.2% on artificial intelligence he can also be found working with #AIcommunity, a community he co-founded. Dominic has encouraged the AHSN network to come together around the work in AI and is part of the NHSE team exploring NHSE role in AI commissioning.

Dominic has a keen interest in the use of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare and can be found working with a community he set up with some peers on #AIcommunity.

Val Dez La Lour
Business Manager

Val joined the NHS 13 years ago and has worked in mental Health, integrated sexual health and genetic services which has given valuable insight into how the NHS works. Previously Val has worked in the railway and power station industries after starting life out as a manager of a shoe shop - she can still tell the size of your feet with one glance!

Currently working in the Horizons team as a Business Manager, Val enables the team to achieve their goals. Val’s role incorporates running a private office and having oversight Horizons' programmes of work, being the sense maker and dot joiner to the wider team and stakeholders. By having this oversight Val provides operational support and guidance to the Business Support Team.

Val is very interested in coaching, mentoring and wellbeing. She is a Mental Health First Aider, Dementia Friend and a Samaritan in training and always welcomes the opportunity to be an ear to listen to or to signpost you to services.

Outside of work, Val enjoys attending comedy shows, reading and flower arranging and spending time with her family and dog.

Rosanna Hunt
Associate – OD and Transformational Change

Rosanna has a blend of experience in Organisational Development (OD) and research. One of her day-to-day jobs in Horizons is to evaluate new tools and methodologies so we can understand whether they help achieve change agency within and outside the NHS. Often, this means testing out these new tools with our very own team members!

Rosanna has a particular interest in helping teams to enhance their well-being. She and has published in this area, and won an award for this work. She enjoys co-designing interventions with teams, facilitating events and coaching leaders. Rosanna is a perpetual student with a Psychology Ph.D. and a CIPD certificate in the Psychology of Organisational Development and Change. Rosanna has published one co-authored book, nine peer-reviewed journal publications, four book chapters and two articles for a national newspaper, and is embracing the blogging phenomenon via Horizons’ Passle platform.

One of her day-to-day jobs in Horizons is to evaluate new tools and methodologies so we can understand whether they help achieve change agency within and outside the NHS. Rosanna has a particular interest in helping teams to enhance their well-being; she has published in this area and won an Everyone Counts award for this work.

Outside of work, Rosanna enjoys running, gardening, yoga and meditation as well as running about after her three young children.

Sasha Karakusevic
Project Director

Sasha started his career in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery. Whilst learning about the intricacies of clinical care he found the challenges of how to organise a health system even more compelling. He spent more than 20 years working on integrated care in South Devon developing an internationally-recognised system. Realising that even this system would not be good enough to deal with the demographic and economic pressures facing us today he started to explore how to significantly improve health system productivity. This led to establishing a Health Innovation Education Cluster, working with the Nuffield Trust and working with the Horizons team to support teams delivering large scale transformation. Sasha combines his clinical, operational and strategic experience to design and facilitate large scale transformation programmes.

Sasha uses his experience of leading transformation to design and deliver local, regional and national programmes. He designs and facilitates transformation processes to secure active involvement in change.

Outside work Sasha loves outside pursuits including sailing, skiing and exploring the world.

Leigh Kendall
Communications Lead

Leigh helps enable people to get involved with positive change: she is always seeking new, creative and innovative ways of conveying often complex concepts to encourage, empower, and mobilise diverse communities, such as using sketchnotes and social media to bridge networks.

Leigh is an award-winning writer (Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award, 2016) and a leading social influencer relating to raising awareness of HELLP syndrome, premature babies, and baby loss. In 2015 she was included in the HSJ list of 50 Patient Leaders and in 2017, Leigh was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She also enjoys boxing, and running around the countryside.

Camilla Lindo
Diary, Event & Project Officer

Camilla has worked in the care industry in a number of roles for more than 13 years.

Currently, Camilla is working as a Diary, Event & Project Officer within NHS Horizons Team where her day-to-day role includes diary management, administrative support and preparing travel itineraries for Helen Bevan.

Outside of work Camilla enjoys supporting local church events and activities and spends time with her family when she travels to Bristol to visit.

Zoe Lord
Senior Transformation Lead

Zoë is currently the Senior Transformation Lead. She specialises in the design and facilitation of large scale transformation programmes across health and care and the development of emerging leaders to be at the forefront of change and transformation.

Zoë started in health and care at the age of 14 when she worked in a care home during the evenings, weekends and in her school/university holidays.

After graduating in Applied Psychology, she led transformation programmes within a local university hospital trust. The last 10 years have been focused on improving the quality and safety of services through national improvement programmes during her time at NHS Improvement, NHS Improving Quality and NHS Sustainable Improvement Team. Programmes include redesigning cancer pathways and children’s mortuaries to achieve improved quality and turnaround time and reducing antipsychotic medication for people with learning disabilities.

Bev Matthews
Transformation Associate

As the Programme Lead for Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery, Bev is creating the conditions for nurses and midwives to have the support to build positive perceptions for themselves and their professions. She is developing a virtual community for sharing, learning, networking and connecting to reverse the current decline in recruitment and retention, using diverse approaches for engagement such as virtual hackathons, crowdsourcing and zoom sessions.

Bev is a Registered Nurse who has recently completed a Return to Practice course; she continues to remain clinically connected by working on the frontline at weekends. She was voted 'Top Mover and Shaker' for her work in raising awareness of the need for organ donation and transplantation, and received a Highly Commended HSJ award as part of a team developing a year of care commissioning approach for people with complex care needs.

Bev also enjoys walking her dogs, being around horses and going to the cinema.

Caroline Mayne
Office Administrator

Caroline has worked within administration for more than 14 years for large organisations including OCR and Axa.

Currently Caroline is working as a team support administrator within for NHS Horizons where her day-to-day role includes responsibilities including the arranging of travel bookings, meeting planning, minute taking and preparing for events.  She is also a Trusted Partner within the team.

Outside of work Caroline enjoys running, playing the guitar and gardening. She also gets pleasure spending time with her family and being creative with her young daughter.

Lynsey Oates
Community Programmes Officer

Lynsey has a background in audit and risk management, she has worked at NHS England for two years, previously having worked in the Governance Team in a compliance based role. Prior to this Lynsey was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte working in Governance and Compliance in the Risk Advisory Team.  Lynsey graduated from Leeds University with a degree in English and Media.

Lynsey supports the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery Ambassador community. The programme is a national campaign that aims to increase recruitment and retention by building positive perceptions of the professions.

Lynsey’s hobbies include yoga, travelling, visiting art galleries and spending time with her miniature dachshund Sasha.   

Kathryn Perera
Head of Transformation

A barrister by background, Kathryn has worked across law, politics and community activism. Having stood for Parliament in 2010, from 2012-16 she was Chief Executive of Movement for Change, an award-winning social enterprise. As a 2015/2016 US-UK Fulbright Commission Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), Kathryn worked closely with Professor Marshall Ganz on the psychology and practice of Public Narrative.

With NHS Horizons colleagues, she now uses this research to co-deliver the (virtual) School for Change Agents, the most widely utilised free skills-building programme for change in the NHS. Kathryn is a Fellow of the Psychology of Change programme for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. She is a former National Committee Member of the Labour Women’s Network and an advisor to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. She’s also Mum to two small kids!

Kate Pound
Collaborative Manager

Kate specialises in the design thinking processes and facilitation of large scale transformation programmes across health and care systems, and has key skill in developing and supports large communities to deliver change. She started nursing aged 16 as a Cadet Nurse at Grimsby Hospital; she went on to complete her training at Bristol doing a BSc Hon in nursing, and then her MSc in advanced nursing and MPhil at Nottingham looking at Discharge Planning from Acute Hospitals.

Before joining Horizons in 2014 Kate worked as a Quality Improvement Lead at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) where she led many large change programmes, including the emergency pathway redesign and imaging pathways. As the Collaborative Manager Kate works on a national improvement programme focusing on Continuing Healthcare, she is also involved in The School for Change Agents, and The Perceptions of Nursing.

Claire Randall
Office Administrator

Claire has worked within the NHS for more than 15 years within a variety of research roles.

Currently working as an Office Administrator for NHS Horizons, Claire’s day-to-day role includes arranging team travel bookings, assisting in event planning and preparation.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys spending time with her family, running and being creative and crafty when time permits.

Rosie Redstone
Social Media and Communications Officer

Rosie plays a key role in supporting the Horizons programmes to have an influential digital profile by managing the team’s inbox, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook accounts, as well as the website.

Rosie recently completed her Masters in Politics and brings a unique perspective to the team; in particular Rosie supports the School for Change Agents to reach a wide and diverse online audience and the Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery using crowdsourcing and virtual hackathon approaches.

Outside of work Rosie enjoys visiting historic sites, bird watching and travelling.

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Claire Shields
Senior Business Manager

Claire leads our Business Support Team to deliver high quality support services to the wider Horizons team with a focus on business processes and governance. She has worked in the NHS for four years as a project manager delivering change on the front line but comes from a background in financial services across varied industries from insurance to metals and mining.

Claire’s special interest is in Health Informatics, specifically how we use data to improve outcomes and how we communicate with our patients.

Outside of work Claire is a foodie and will book a holiday around restaurant availability.

Paul Woodley
Programme Manager

Paul provides expert technical, hosting and facilitation leadership for virtual meetings and events to allow us to engage with a global audience and logistical, procedural and organisational co-ordination with the support team.

Paul has worked across a range of commercial and public sector bodies in a number of roles from helping manage national contracts to supporting national and international training courses, most recently the School for Change Agents and supporting setting up the national network for the Cancer Genomics programme.

Catherine Wilton
Transformation Associate

Catherine Wilton is on secondment to the Horizons team from the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) of which she was Director for 3 1/2 years. C4cc is a national partnership of 53 organisations seeking to promote person- and family-centred care through better conversations, co-production and community development. 

Catherine‘s career has spanned national roles in government, health and social care, education and the voluntary sector. Outside the day job, she runs a Timebank in her local area and was an elected member of Reading Council for eight years, holding the post of Cabinet member for culture and sport.