Mandy is Head of Corporate Engagement for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), an alliance of leading research universities, NHS teaching trusts and Academic Health Science Networks across the North of England. The NHSA is a driver for investment into the sector, bringing together research collaborations and advocating for the North’s health system in Government.
Previously Mandy was Assistant Director of Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus and the Faculty of Health and Medicine’s professional lead for engagement and strategic partnerships with the health sector.
Mandy has a background in health research and research management, and brings a deep understanding of the development and funding of health partnership working across disciplines and sectors. For example, she co-ordinated the £1.7m funding application to NHS England which resulted in the development of the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance, one of 7 NHS England Test Beds nationally. She was involved in the Test Bed evaluation and has worked with other NHS England initiatives including the local Healthy New Town programme.
She has a particular interest in successful public/private sector collaboration, bid development, evaluation, digital health and health innovation. Previously Mandy managed the Lancaster Health Hub, a strategic partnership between Lancaster University and the NHS, and prior to this she held a range of research and management roles within the NHS in the Midlands and Lancashire. Mandy is originally from South Africa, where she worked as a Social Anthropologist at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town before moving to the UK.
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