#NorthInnovationWomen 2023 list revealed

2023 #NorthInnovationWomen list published on International Women's Day

8th March 2023

We are shining the spotlight on hundreds of innovative women today as we publish the annual #NorthInnovationWomen list.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and N8 Research Partnership have published a list of more than 200 women who are pushing the boundaries of innovation in their chosen fields to mark International Women’s Day.

The #NorthInnovationWomen campaign, back for its sixth year, provides an informal and supportive platform for women to be acknowledged and celebrated.

The social media campaign relies on Twitter users to suggest women they want to see included in the list – there are no strict criteria or voting systems. This year’s list features hundreds of women who are achieving great things and inspiring those around them across the North of England, as recommended by our Twitter followers.

Hannah Davies, NHSA Head of External and Public Affairs, said: “We are thrilled to reveal the 2023 #NorthInnovationWomen list. The response to the campaign never ceases to amaze me and this year is no exception. It’s clear that there is a real appetite to celebrate and support women who are excelling and innovating, and we’re proud that #NorthInnovationWomen provides an opportunity to do this.

“We stand side by side with people across the globe today who are celebrating International Women’s Day as we all make a collective effort to champion women and work towards creating a world that is equal and inclusive.”

Dr Annette Bramley, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, said: “It is great to see that in its sixth year, the #NorthInnovationWomen campaign has had such a brilliant reaction! It is great to take a moment to reflect upon some of the great work researchers are delivering, right across the North of England, so we thank all those who have taken part this year.”

International Women’s Day is a global day, marked annually on March 8, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Find out more about the day and how to support, at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

All #NorthInnovationWomen can download a Twitter card to share on their social media channels here


*NOTE: Names and job information listed below have been taken from Twitter bios and/or from details included in the post of the person making the recommendation.

* If we have missing any of your #NorthInnovationWomen off the list, please do get in touch and we will update the list. Either tweet us or email charlotte.thompson@thenhsa.co.uk  or ruth.boston@thenhsa.co.uk


The NHSA and N8 Research Partnership are proud to present #NorthInnovationWomen 2023


Alexis Darby/ Senior Public Affairs Manager/ Northern Health Science Alliance / @alexis_darby

Adele Bunch / Head of Portfolio – Health Inequalities, Mental Health & Patient and Public Involvement at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN / @AdeleBunch

Dr Alethea Melling MBE / Professor of Community Leadership, School of Sport and Health Science, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) / @AletheaMelling

Alexisen Jane

Alison Jane Yarnall / Consultant Geriatrician and researcher / BRC / @AlisonYarnell

Amanda Ellison / @ellison_brain

Amanda Winter / Biomedical Scientist / Innovation Lab / @AWinterNUTH

Amy Lochtie / Nurse| Innovation Hub Director- WYH|Author|TedTalker|Trustee & NED |NHS Assembly Member|NW Senate| FRSA| FSBP|    @AmyLochtie

Dr Amy Vincent / Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow / Newcastle University

Anastasia Topalidou/ Research Fellow/ @UCLan / @Anastasia_Top13

Andrew Wigfield  

Angela Jean-Francois / Director of Operations / NWL Pathology / @AngelaJeanFran1

Dr Anna Hogg/ Founder of Space Hubs York/ Leeds University

Anna Halstead / Project Manager / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Anne Richardson / Project Support Officer / @AHSN_NENC / @69oakfield

Asimakopoulou Eleni/ Lecturer/ UCLan / @elasimak

Audrey Barton / Communications Manager / Newcastle Hospitals

Professor Avan Sayer / AGE Research Group Newcastle / Director NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre / @AvanSayer



Barbara Conneely / Head of Portfolio (Workforce) / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Barbara Hanratty / @Barbara Hanratty

Beth Halliday/ Speech and Language Therapist/ / South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust        



Carol Holland / @CarolHolland286

Caroline Rudland  / Lead Clinical Scientist / South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Caroline Wilson / Immunologist and Principal Scientist / Integrated COVID Hub North East / @wilson_cazza

Caroline Wroe / Clinical Director / NIHR CRN North East and North Cumbria / @CarolineWroe1

Ceri Batchelder / Creating connections and building innovation ecosystems / @WeAreTeamSY @capenterprise @Barnsley_DMC @sheffielduni / @ceribatchelder

Charlotte Clarke   

Charlotte Fox / Business Innovation Manager with @NcleNHSCET / @CharlotteFoxNHS

Charlotte Mutton / Bereavement Lead Midwife/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust @RI_STSFT

Chiko Mutepfa / Methodologist / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Professor Clare Bambra / Newcastle University / NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria / @ProfBambra

Clare Lendrem / Senior Methodologist / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Dr Clarissa Giebel / @ClarissaGiebel



Dace Dimza-Jones / Industry Facililitator / NIHR CRN Greater Manchester / @DaceDizma

Davara Bennett / @davara_bennett

Dawn Greaves / Digital Programme Manager / WYHCP / @DawnSG2010

Dawn Lockey / Specialist Physiotherapist, Limb Reconstruction Service/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Deb Howell Smith / Lead Liver Specialist Nurse / South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Donna Nile / Senior Scientist / Integrated COVID Hub North East, Innovation Lab / @nile_donna



Eileen Kaner / @NIHR_ARC_NENC / @EileenKaner

Elaine Redhead

Eleanor GB / @gb_eleanor

Elizabeth Young / Senior Investment Analyst @ACFInvestors / @EDYoung202

Else Guthrie 

Emily Oliver

Emma Lee / Safe Care Lead/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust / @RI_STSFT

Emma Leivesley   

Dr Emma Stanmore / University of Manchester / @NMSWResearch @HealthyAgeingR1 / @EmmaStanmore

Enitan Carrol / Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases / Univeristy of Liverpool / @CarrolEnitan

Cllr Dr Erica Lewis / Lab Women’s Net. City & County Cllr / @_erica_lewis



Fiona Lobban / Professor in Clinical Psychologist / Spectrum Centre / @fionalobban

Fiona Matthews / @FEMatthewsStats



Gail Tunstall / Quality Improvement Facilitator/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Gemma Wright / Head of Portfolio for Patient Safety & Remote Monitoring/Virtual Wards at @yhahsn / @YH_gem_wright

Gemma Write

Ghazala Mir / Professor of Health Equity and Inclusion / @ghazala_mir

Gillian Dalglish / Associate Director / QIAGEN / @QIAGEN

Gillian Rowe / Delivery Suite Manager/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Grainne Gorman / Director of the Welcome Centre / BRC / @MitoResearch



Hannah Armitt

Hannah Burton / @busterbaby0726

Hannah Roden / Innovation Lead / Leeds & West Yorkshire ICB and LCC

Heather Rice / Director of Research @rdashresearch1 / @Heather_Rice3

Helen Cole / Once a Medical Physicist, now Industry Partnerships Manager / Northern Health Science Alliance / @TechHelen

Helen Foley / @helen_foley3

Helen Hoyland / Head of Portfolio (Enterpirse and Commercial) / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Helen Johnson/ Specialist Physiotherapist/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Helen Reeves / Co-theme lead/ BRC     



Ilaria Bellantuono / Co-Director of the Healthy Lifespan Institute / @iBellantuono



Dame Jackie Daniel / CEO – The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals / @JackieDanielNHS

Jamilla Hussain / Palliative Care Dr, Researcher @CityOfResearch Bradford / @JamillaHussain1

Jana Suklan / Senior Methodologist / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Jane Fearnside / Deputy Director NIHR RDS YH / @JaneFearnside

Jane Freeman / Associate Professor / University of Leeds / @drjanefreeman

Jane McDermott / @Janemcdermott26

Janice Pearse / Occupational Therapy Leads / Newcastle Hospitals / @JanicePearse

Jay Hall / PhD Student / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Jayne Harwood / Virology / Newcastle Hospitals / @jayneh0202

Jennifer Kilcoyne   

Jennifer Ratner / Higher Specialist Scientist Trainee / Leeds Teaching Hospital / @jennynero

Jenny Hamer / Head of Portolio (CVD) / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Jo Copper / CEO / Back on the Map Ltd / @backonthemapltd

Jo Mason / CSO / YourGeneHealth / @Yourgene_Health

Joanna Wylie / Senior Midwife/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Jodie Keyworth / Head of Business Development – Grounded Research, RDaSH @rdashresearch1 @rdash_nhs / @jodie_keyworth

Jordan Hewitt / Business Innovation & Customer Experience Delivery / NHSBSA / @jordanhewitt24

Joy Adamson / Applied health services researcher / @joyadamson_ytu

Professor Julia Newton / Medical Director / AHSN_NENC / @JuliaN_AHSNNENC

Julie Marsh / Head of Communications / Newcastle Hospitals



Karen Bloor / Health economist / University of York / @KBloor

Karen Broadhurst / Professor Dept Sociology, Co-Director Data Science Institute, Lancaster University / @KarenB_LU

Karen Suetterlin / Clinical Lecturer / NIHR / @KarenSuetterlin

Karina Lovell / ARC_GM / @karina_lovell

Karina Nielsen / Professor, Instititute of Work Psychology / University of Sheffield / @KarinaMNielsen

Kasia Kurowska / PPIE Manager / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative / @KasiaKurowska

Dr Kate Black / Professor of Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool / @DrKateBlack

Kate Mason / Postdoc research fellow / @ke_mason

Professor Kate Pickett / Social epidemiologist / University of York / @ProfKEPickett

Kath Mackay / Director of Life Sciences @BW_SciTech/ NED @The_NHSA @candwep @ukbiofilms / @kath_mackay

Kathy Scott / Deputy CEO / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network / @KathyScott_535

Kerrie Davies / Clinical scientist / HCAI research group / @kerrieanndavies

Kiran Trehan / University of York / @ProfKTrehan

Kirsty Smitten / Co-founder and CEO of MetalloBio / @SmittenKirsty

Dr. Komali Kantamaneni / Senior Research Fellow/ @UCLan / @KomaliKantaman1



Laura IH Bennett / PhD research in entrepreneurial ecosystems at @UoS_Management / Super Connector @WeAreTEAMSY @capenterprise / @LauraIHBennett

Lauren Roberts / Innovations Project Manager / @TEWVResearch / @LaurenRobertsB

Leanne Maitland / Project Support Officer / @AHSN_NENC / @lusciouslealead

Leanne Trick 

Lily Mott / Health Ageing/Physical Activity PhD student / University of Manchester / @_raviolily

Lina Gega  

Dame Linda Pollard / Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Dr Linda Tinkler / Nursing, Midwife & AHP Research Lead / Newcastle Hospitals / @DrTInkleLin

Lisa Anson / CEO / RedX / @RedxPharma

Liz Ashall-Payne / CEO & Co-Founder @OrchaHealth / @LizAshallPayne

Professor Liz Breen / Director of the Digital Health / University of Bradford / @LizBreen14

Liz Corker / @rdashresearch1

Liz Mear / Chair / Kirklees ICP and SBRI / @MearLiz

Liz Towns-Andrews /Huddersfield Uni / @townsandrews

Liz Twist MP / Chair of APPG on Rare, Genetic & Undiagnosed Conditions / @LizTwistMP

Lizzi Collinge / Labour County Councillor / Lancashire Shadow Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing / @LizziCollinge

Lorelle Dismore / Health psychologst and research associate / Northumbria NHS / @lorelle_dismore

Dr Louisa Shilton / Research and Innovation development manager / University of York / @DrLouisaShilton

Louise Connell / UCLan / Professor of Allied Health Neurorehabilitation & Stroke / @reserachphysio

Louise Graham / Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapist in Paediatric Oncolgy / Newcastle Hospitals / @lougraham30

Louise Kenny / Pro Vice Chancellor, Health & Life Sciences @LivUni / Lead Investigator @ChildrenGrowing / @louiseckenny

Lynn Froggett / @lfroggett

Lynne Corner / @Lynne_Corner

Professor Lynn Rochester / Theme Lead / BRC

Lynsay Tait / Commercial Finance Lead / Newcastle Hospitals / @LynsayTait

Dr Lynzee McShea / Senior Clinical Scientist – Audiological Science/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust / @RI_STSFT



Maddie Julian / CEO and co-founder / @DigiBeteUK / @MaddieJulian

Dr Mandy Dixon / Head of Corporate Engagement / Northern Health Science Alliance / @mandydixon100

Mandy Townsend / @MT_marshlands

Maria Roche / Chief Operating Officer / AHSN NENC / @rochemaria2411

Dr Marie Yang / Liverpool Institute of Infection, Veterinary & Ecological Sciences / @MarieYangOBrie2

Mel Simmonds-Buckley / Clinical Psychology Lecturer & Researcher University of Sheffield | PEARLS lab @pearl_sheffield | RDASH NHS Trust | Grounded Research Team / @Mel_S_B

Melanie Ellyard / Helping SMEs access #finance to #startup #scaleup #grow / Ambassador of #Diversity #Inclusion #BAME #FemaleFounders #BAMEfounders #STEM #Tech / @MelEllyard

Melanie Shield / Senior Commercial Development Manager / Newcastle Hospitals Commercial Enterprise Team

Mhairi Anderson / Operations Manager – Diagnostics and Therapeutics North East / NHI Partners / @MhairiAnderson4

Michela Guglieri / Medical Researcher / Institute of Genetic Medicine Newcastle / @MichelaGuglieri

Michelle Waugh / Project Support Officer / @AHSN_NENC / @MichelleWaugh11

Morag Burton / Chief Operating Officer / NIHR CRN NE and North Cumbria / @morag_burton

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa / Theme Lead / BRC / @Muzz_Haniffa



Dr Noemi Procopio/ Senior Research Fellow in Forensic Taphonomy/ UCLan / @SnowEmI

Nic Wilson FRSA / DCEO/COO / Liverpool Health Partners / @NicWils68

Nichola Stephens / Innovation Director/ Leeds & West Yorkshire ICB and LCC

Dr Nicola Hutchinson / Chief Executive / Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria @AHSN_NENC / @NicolaWesley

Nicola Ooi / Research leader / INFEX therapeutics / @INFEX_TX

Nicola Tiffany / @HMADigital / @nicolatiffany

Nikolina Lauc / Unlocking the human glycome for preventative health and longevity / @entreprylexia

Nimrah Munir / Principal Scientist / QV Bio / @qvbio

North East Innovation Lab women / Newcastle Hospitals / @innovlab_NE



Paulina Gonzalez / @rdashresearch1

Penny Day / Head of Operations @XRTherapeutics / Co-founder of @ThisIsLITNE / STEM Ambassador / @PennyJDay21

Philippa Hedley-Takhar / @MedTech_P4SY Programme Manager / @piphedley

Phillipa Burns / Principal Clinical Scientist / Hull Hospitals @PhillipaBurns



Raasti Naseem / Methodologist / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Rachael Forbister / Digital Transformation Programme Manager / @AHSN_NENC / @RForbister

Rachel Booth-Gardiner / Occupational Therapist / NHS /@OT_rach

Rachel Churchill / Professor Evidence Synthesis and Mental Health Epidemiology / NIHR_ARC_YH / @ChurchillRachel

Rachel Curwen / @rachel_curwen

Rachel Dickinson / Communications Manager / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Rachel Moser

Rachel Stockley / Physiotherapist and Associate Professor/ UCLan Stroke Research Team / @rachel_stockley

Ruth Boston / Health comms manager / Northern Health Science Alliance & Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria / @Ruth_LawsonPR

Ruth Rayner / Head of Speech and Language Therapy and Integrated Children’s Therapies/ South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust



Sally Fowlers Davis / @SallyFowlerDav!

Salma Yasmeen / Supporting inclusive change & innovation in communities & systems Proud nurse/deputy CEO & Director of strategy & change @allofusinmind / @SalmaYasmeen_1

Samantha Deakin / Developing the tech startup ecosystem in South Yorkshire with @weareteamsy and @capenterprise / @SamanthaJDeakin

Samantha Powell     

Sandra Bucci / NIHR Research Professor / Manchester University / @sbucci76

Sara Humphrey / GPwSI Older People -Associate Clinical Director – Frailty/ Dementia & LD for Bradford District & Craven Health & Care Partnership / @SaraHumphreyGP

Sara Pick / Innovation Manager / Northumbria NHS

Sara Pretorius / Methodologist / NIHR Newcastle IVD Co-operative

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Daniel / works in the mental health research team @TEWV @TEWVresearch / @SarahDaniel21

Sarah Dew / Innovation Hub Director South Yorkshire / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network / @sarahfdew

Sarah Doherty-Fallon / Chief Operating Officer / NIHR CRN / @Sarah_L_Fallon

Sarah Gorman / CEO at Edberts House, GenQ Fellow, NHSE Regional Learning Co-ordinator & PCN Advisor, Board member of Power to Change, Gateshead Foster Carer / @SarahatEdberts

Sarah HS / Senior Lecturer and Course leader / @Sarah_HSmall

Sarah Scally / @sarahscally1

Sarah Whitbourn / Consultant Clinical Scientist / South Tees NHS Foundation Trust / @sarahWhitbourn

Sharon Brown / Innovation Manager / South Tees NHS / @STRIVEacademic

Sherry Kothari / Director, NED, entrepreneur; life sciences, health, the environment / @SherryKothari

Shirley Hannan / Higher Education Manager / @ShirleyHannan

Shona Haining / @haining_s

Silvia Del Din / Biomedical Engineer, University of Newcastle / @sil_bam

Sophie Wickham / Wellcome Trust Research Fellow / @SL_Wickham

Dr Steffi Doebler / Social scientist / @stefdoebler

Steph Walton/ AHSN NENC / @walton_steph

Stephanie Potts / Programme Lead at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network / @StephLPotts

Stephanie Scott / Lecturer / Newcastle University @StephanieO18

Dr Subha Thiyagesh /Med Dir @allofusinmind / visiting prof Huddersfield University / @SubhaThiyagesh

Sue Barton / Worked in NHS for 30 years+ / Former S&LT who is interested in improvement & making a real difference to lives / @barnsleybart

Sue Jacques / @sue_jacques

Suzanne Robinson / Executive Director of FInance / GM NHS Foundation Trust / @suzanneFINANCE

Suzanne Vernazza / Squeezealong / @knowyourfloors



Tamara Moon / @TamaraDSMoon

Teresa Graham / Business Partner- Second Street Surgery, Practice Manager- Oxford Terrace & Rawling Road MG, PCN Manager of Birtley & Central Gateshead PCN / @tkatash

Tiff Thorn / CEO / CI Victrix / @BiVictriX

Tracey Walker / Director of Delivery / Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network



Uta Papen



Vicki Wisher / Occupational Therapy Leads / Newcastle Hospitals

Victoria Laker / PhD, Post-doc Researcher at RDaSH NHS Trust, Associate Researcher at University of Sheffield / @vikki_laker

Professor Vijay Kunadian / Personal Chair, Professor of Interventional Cardiology / Newcastle University

Vikki Rand / Director / National Horizons Centre / @vikkirand



Wendy Baird / @Baird_wo

Professor Wendy Tindale / Professor of Medical Physics / Director of Innovation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals / @WendyT_99



Professor Yitka Graham / Professor of health services research / University of Sunderland @ProfessorYitka

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