Team Biographies 


James Baillon 

Data Analytics Manager 
Bio coming soon! 

Gemma Bird 

Lead Practice Nurse for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 
Gemma supports newly qualified nurses and nurses new to practice to develop within their role. This can be via additional mentorship or sign-posting to additional training and funding opportunities. She has also recently taken the position of ICP Practice Nurse Lead for Mid-Notts. She is keen to be the representative and work collaboratively with all areas of health and social care within the locality to improve services and patient outcomes. 
Gemma has a BSc in Adult Nursing and is a practice nurse herself. Her biggest area of clinical interest is within long-term condition management. Gemma is currently completing her PG Cert in Diabetes. 

Somalia Carty 

Operations & Communications Apprentice 
Somalia is the Operations and Communications Apprentice. She mainly handles the NATH social media channels, newsletters and website, as well as a wide range of admin and communications tasks. This includes looking at our engagement data to spot trends and best practice. She is studying towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration whilst working at NATH. She has worked in a variety of different roles, ranging from working in customer service, to online Twitch moderation, to her time as a personal assistant. She has a background in writing and content creation. 

Anna Davis 

Lead Practice Nurse for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 
In 2016 Anna moved into practice nursing, after many years of leadership working in acute medicine and critical care. In 2020 Anna started in her new role. She works across Nottinghamshire particularly around population health and integrated working and is the PN representative at regional, national and local nursing and midwifery cabinet meetings. She is keen to promote the GPN voice and support other members of the GPN team holding a regular Nursing associate forum and signposting to CPD and other opportunities. 
Anna holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in Clinical Education. 

Denise Harnett 

Operations & Events Administrator 
Denise provides business, project, meeting and event administrative support to the NATH team. This involves approving event requests and supporting them from start to finish, including publishing details on our Eventbrite site and NATH events webpages. She also co-manages the central alliance inbox alongside Sharon Hovey. 
Having spent 10 years providing training to the legal community in Birmingham, she felt that it was time for a change and move into providing training for those who work in Primary Care. You can find out more about her background via Denise’s LinkedIn profile. Denise is passionate about providing quality training to support those working within Primary Care. 

Leanne Horsley 

Allied Health Professions (AHP) Faculty Lead 
Leanne has joined the team part-time, alongside Sally Knapp, to deliver a project introducing high quality Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy placements within primary care, and creating the infrastructure and support networks to ensure sustainability around these placements. This will expand on previous successful Clinical Placement Expansion Projects, completed by the AHP Faculty where Sally and Leanne are joint leads. 
Leanne is a registered Physiotherapist by background; working at Sherwood Forest Hospitals where she leads on practice learning for Physiotherapists. She also works at Sheffield Hallam University as a Practitioner Lecturer. Leanne holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy and completed an MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy in 2019. 

Sharon Hovey 

Administration Assistant 
Sharon joined the NATH team in April 2021 and will be providing support to the whole team with all areas of administration. Sharon has experience of working in a variety of roles across the public sector including both the NHS and Prison Service. She has worked as a teaching assistant at Rampton and staff learning and development co-ordinator for the Prison Service ensuring all staff were fully trained in their various roles. She also volunteers at Newark's Covid-19 vaccination centre. 
Sharon loves helping people, trying to make a difference and strives to help people further their careers. 

Sally Knapp 

Allied Health Professions (AHP) Faculty Lead 
Sally has joined NATH on a part-time secondment, as part of her role as clinical facilitator of the AHP Faculty, alongside her colleague Leanne Horsley. Their project will deliver Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy clinical placements and communities of practice within primary care. This links to the wider work of the AHP Faculty, which focuses on supply, education, training and future growth of the AHP workforce. 
Sally is a registered speech and language therapist and holds a BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology and an MSc in Advanced Studies of Speech, Language and Communication. Sally also works as AHP Practice Learning and Education Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust. 

Kate Knowles 

Integrated Care System Advanced Practice (AP) Project Lead 
Kate has joined NATH in a year’s part-time secondment from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). She is responsible for leading on the implementation of the Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) Advanced Practitioner (AP) Agenda and will support the ICS AP Steering Group in developing and implementing a multi-professional ICS advanced practice strategy. 
Having completed the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Nottingham (UoN) Kate also works part-time as an AP within Acute Medicine, Medicine Divisional Lead AP at NUH and Assistant Honorary Professor UoN. Previous accomplishments include Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow (2017). 

Rubby Legbedze 

Advanced Practice (AP) Project Lead 
Rubby has joined the NATH team to work as an Advanced Practice (AP) Project Lead within primary care. She is responsible for supporting the Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) Lead in implementing the AP agenda into primary care. She will support the ICS AP Steering Group in developing and implementing a multi-professional ICS advanced practice strategy. 
Qualified as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner from Bournemouth University, she works clinically within Urgent Care. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management and gained some consultancy experience. Current work includes part-time lecturing with Nottingham-Trent University within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. 

Laurence Quirk 

Learning & Development Manager 
Laurence is one of the Learning & Development Managers at NATH, responsible for projects and work relating to work experience, CPD funding, workforce planning, embedding new roles and the training needs analysis. He brings with him a range of experiences from a 30 year career in the voluntary and community sector at a local, regional and national level. At a local level Laurence’s roles came into close contact with primary care, supporting user and carer involvement in joint commissioning, promoting healthy communities and patient participation activities. 
Laurence holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography and a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management. 

Sarah Thomas 

Primary Care Evidence Support Librarian 
Sarah’s role involves training in literature searching, critical appraisal and finding the evidence using a variety of electronic resources. She carries out evidence searches on behalf of staff and stakeholders. Prior to working in Librarianship, she was a nurse, and worked clinically for thirteen years; which gave her a good understanding of the information needs of healthcare staff. She has always enjoyed teaching, and this role has given her the opportunity to bring together her knowledge and experience from nursing, and her Literature Searching and Librarianship skills.  
Sarah has an MSc Econ in Library and Information Studies and a Diploma in Nursing (Project 2000 Adult Branch). 

Michele Tuttle 

Care Project Officer 
Michele is the Care Project Officer for NATH with responsibility for supporting care homes and home care providers in the uptake of apprenticeships and placements. She is also working with the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG to deliver training into care homes to prepare them for MDTs and Ward Rounds. Her role includes extensive engagement with both care homes and home care, delivering the training and offering on-going support afterwards. 
Michele has a passion for supporting social care and has had two previous roles in this field. She has a varied career in this NHS having previously held positions at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), CityCare, the ICS, mental health, CCGs and public health. 

Steve White 

Learning & Development Manager 
Steve is a Learning & Development Manager at NATH, responsible for projects and work relating to workforce development (WFD) funding, placements, apprenticeship levy, and recruitment. Steve also supports projects in retention, advanced clinical practice, GPN fundamentals and the management of learning and development applications. He brings with him a range of experiences from a 20-year career in training and development, leading at a local, regional and national level. Steve has specialised in apprenticeships, funding, youth engagement and workforce development in public and private sector settings, most recently with Lincolnshire Police. 
Steve holds a BA (Hons) in international relations and management, and is currently studying an MBA in strategic leadership. 

Louise Woodward 

Operations & Liaison Manager 
Louise leads the NATH Operations Team and primarily manages all our marketing, communications and engagement across our website, newsletters and social media accounts. She leads on NATH’s brand and identity, as well as the creative side to communications, surveys and strategies. She project manages some of NATH’s initiatives and trains team members on IT systems and processes. She is also the NATH Board Secretary. 
She is a PRINCE2 Practitioner, values being driven, creative, supportive, trustful and belonging to an inclusive community, sparking her motivation in this role. In September 2021, she started studying towards a Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship. 
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