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Stuart Bell CBE

A distinguished NHS Chief Executive, Stuart Bell CBE has a long-standing interest in person centred care and a strong association with Picker. Prior to becoming the organisation’s Patron in 2019, Stuart served as a Trustee for more than a decade and as Chairman for six years, leading the organisation through a period of significant development and achievements. Stuart is Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, a position he…
Aileen Clarke

Aileen Clarke

Aileen Clarke is Professor of Public Health & Health Services Research at the University of Warwick. She originally trained as a GP before moving into Public Health and academia. She set up Warwick Evidence - a technology assessment team which produces appraisals of new drugs, devices and interventions for NICE and other policy makers. She is a theme lead for the CLAHRC West Midlands and recently attended the NIHR Leadership…

Sally Sykes

Sally Sykes is the Director of Communications and Engagement at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She joined Picker as a Trustee in January 2018, taking on the role of Honorary Treasurer. She is a senior public relations, communications and marketing professional with significant experience across the public, private and not-for profit sectors. She was appointed to the Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in…

Diane French

Diane started her career working in homelessness and mental health. She held a variety of local policy and commissioning roles based in Public Health before moving to national roles – she worked with the National Treatment Agency, the (then) Healthcare Commission and the National Audit Office and got further involved in the NHS through NED roles with primary care and clinical commissioning groups including leading on patient involvement portfolios. She…

Gary Ford

Professor Gary Ford is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Professor of Stroke Medicine at Oxford University and a Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Gary graduated from Cambridge University and held a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Stanford University. Gary developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England and the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional…

Ronny Odegbami

Ronny is a pharmaceutical consultant in clinical development and medical affairs, with an extensive therapeutic area experience in Oncology, Hematology, Anti-infectives, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Respiratory, Dermatology, and Neurology. She has authored two publications on thrombocytopenia, peer-reviewed over 20 scientific documents/oncology-related abstracts and been involved in transformational and patient-focused initiatives within the pharmaceutical industry. She has also served as a steering committee member for an International Registry. Ronny has strong commercial and…

Wendy Reid

Wendy trained in obstetrics and gynaecology and became a postgraduate Dean of Medicine in London. She is committed to improving patient care through education.

Chris Graham

Chris is responsible for leading Picker. Prior to becoming CEO in 2017, Chris led Picker’s research division from 2011 to 2016. In this post he was responsible for overseeing the development and coordination of large scale research and evaluation projects, including the NHS Patient and Staff Survey Coordination Centres, run on behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England respectively. He has also worked at the Care Quality…

Jenny King

Chief Research Officer
Jenny joined Picker in 2008, and holds an MSC in Forensic Psychology.  She is responsible for overseeing Picker’s Research Division. This includes oversight of the NHS Patient and Staff Survey Coordination Centres, run on behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England respectively, and the organisation’s Research Unit which carries out applied social research and evaluation projects. Jenny has a particular interest in research on how patient experience…

Mark Collins

Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined Picker in 2014 to provide strategic leadership in the financial management of the Charity, develop and maintain timely financial management information and key performance indicators, and implement a corporate IT strategy. Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998.  He spent two years at Grant Thornton before moving to the charity sector as…

Phil Stylianides

Chief Operations Officer
Phil has worked at Picker since December 2011. He was previously Director of Commercial Strategy, Marketing and Communications before moving to Chief Operations Officer in March 2017.  Phil has a history in the private healthcare sector having previously worked for Pfizer and IMS health. With experience in the design development of care pathways across cardiovascular health, respiratory health, smoking cessation and pain, he has led international work streams across a…

Alan Poots

Research Statistician and Analyst
Alan is responsible for leading the preparation and analysis of quantitative data and associated outputs, for bespoke research and NHS Patient and Staff Surveys. Alan is experienced in the development, implementation, and analysis of surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Alan has over ten years’ post-doctoral experience, particularly in Quality Improvement and the use of research methods for patient benefit. Alan is not just about numbers and provides coaching and mentoring…

Amy Tallett

Head of Research
Amy has a PhD in psychopharmacology from the University of Leeds. As Head of Research, Amy is responsible for managing and building a diverse portfolio of research projects to facilitate the delivery of high-quality health and social care. She has designed and delivered projects to understand care delivery from patient and staff perspectives, and regularly shares findings at events, conferences and via research papers. Amy is part of the Quality,…

Cara Witwicki

Research Associate
Cara is a Research Associate in the Research Division. She joined Picker in 2014 and her responsibilities include developing and implementing new tools to gather patient and service user experience, focusing particularly on lesser heard populations and disease specific groups. After graduating, Cara spent three years working at a school for children with autism and Asperger’s as a Learning Support Assistant.

Caroline Killpack

Head of Survey Coordination
Caroline is Head of Survey Coordination within the Research Division at Picker, having previously been Associate Director from 2013 - 2017. Caroline originally joined the organisation as a Senior Research Associate in 2011. Caroline is responsible for daily management of the NHS National Patient Survey Programme and the NHS Staff Survey for both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England respectively. Previously, Caroline worked as a Researcher at NatCen…
Emily Boxell

Emily Boxell

Senior Research Associate
Emily is a Senior Research Associate in the Survey Coordination Centre. She joined Picker in February 2019 and oversees several national surveys within the NHS Patient Survey Programme. Emily has a keen interest in using a variety of research methods to understand patient experiences and outcomes. She has over ten years’ experience designing and conducting health-related research and service evaluation projects within the academic, charity and NHS sectors. Prior to…

Emma Newton

Communications Manager
Emma is the Communications Manager at Picker and has over 15 years’ experience in B2B marketing. She’s previously held roles at Adestra, GTI Media and The Nielsen Company, where she worked with top brands including Coca-Cola and Kerry Foods. At Picker, Emma is responsible for the internal and external communication strategy. Her role includes PR, content, social, email and digital marketing. Emma has a Diploma in Direct Marketing and is…

Esther Ainley

Senior Research Associate
Esther is a Senior Research Associate in the Research Division. She joined Picker in 2003 following completion of her PhD at Lancaster University which examined child morbidity in West Cumbria. Esther works on both short and longer term research projects, using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, and involvement in writing grant proposals. Esther holds a BSc in Geography and a PhD in geography of health.

Harriet Hay

Senior Research Associate
Harriet joined the Research Division in March 2012, following two and a half years running national surveys in the Survey Coordination Centre. Her work in the Research Division focuses on charities, supporting organisations such as Meningitis Now, Hearing Link, Combat Stress and Age UK. She specialises in developing bespoke surveys to address specific populations and disease-specific issues. Prior to working at Picker, Harriet worked for Oxford University’s National Perinatal Epidemiology…

Juan Abad-Madronero

Data Analyst
Juan joined Picker in April 2019 after completing an MA in Social Research at the University of Warwick. He is now working as a Data Analyst having worked as Research Associate previously. He has a genuine commitment to pursue positive social change and to promote person-centred care. Since joining Picker, he has been involved in a variety of national and international research projects. His responsibilities include cleaning, processing, and analysing…

Katie Daly

Client Development Manager
Katie is a Client Development Manager in the Operations Division. She joined Picker in 2014, and manages a range of ad hoc projects.

Nicola Porter

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Nicola joined Picker in 2016. Her key responsibilities include providing executive assistance to CEO Chris Graham, as well as assisting with HR administration and general office management. Prior to working for Picker, Nicola worked in London as office/facilities manager for an international clothing brand.

Sarah Gunn

Sarah is a Research Associate in the Research Division where she provides day-to-day project management support of both national and international research projects by utilising qualitative and quantitative research tools and methods. Prior to joining Picker, Sarah worked as a Researcher focused on social housing, health, regeneration, and active travel concerns on behalf of Housing Associations and Local Authorities in Scotland. Sarah holds an MA(Hons) in History from the University…

Tiffany Williams

National Programme Lead
Tiffany currently serves as a National Programme Lead, leading on the development and implementation of the charity’s large scale multi-stakeholder programmes of work. She has previously worked as a project manager and a programme coordinator at Picker and in a research role in adult social care commissioning. Tiffany holds a degree in English and French from the University of Warwick.

Yang Liu

Statistician and Research Analyst
Yang is a Statistician & Research Analyst and she has worked at Picker since September 2019. She holds a BSC in Maths and MSC in Computing. She previously worked in the marketing research industry for over 10 years, where she worked on many large scale projects in the auto, finance and hospitality sectors. At Picker, her main responsibilities are survey design, analysis and reporting of research data. Yang has an…

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