We bring clinicians, citizens, academics and technology companies together to collaborate and help solve health and social care challenges. Our aim is to improve health and well-being for citizens, address system challenges and support the productivity of SMEs and economic growth.

The Surrey Heartlands Health Tech Accelerator is an innovation and accelerator partnership, drawing on the research, clinical, commercial and business accelerator expertise of the founding partners.

Our initial infrastructure was supported by a significant capital investment from Enterprise M3*, the Local Enterprise Partnership, and generous resource contributions from founding partners.

We aim to:

Accelerate the development of the most promising healthcare innovations from start-ups and SMEs

Improve the spread of well-evidenced, beneficial and good value healthcare solutions

Develop a unique capability in the engineering and testing of digital health tech

Create an evidence base to enable the accelerated adoption of tech in health service provision.
We provide a focal point for collaboration between citizens, researchers, industry innovators and the health and social care system in Surrey Heartlands.
We focus on innovative products and services that address health and care priorities.

Partners

The strength of the HTA lies in its partners, each experts in their own field and with the knowledge, commitment and contacts needed to drive innovation.

Network

The HTA’s influence extends beyond the core members to include national and international network partners, bringing fresh new perspectives and opportunities to our work.

Leadership team

The HTA is led by a Partnership Board which is chaired by Professor Helen Rostill, and supported by seven executive members.

Professor Helen Rostill

Position: Deputy CEO and Director of Therapies, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Executive Director for Mental Health, Surrey Heartlands; Frimley SRO for Mental Health
Categories: Board members

Professor Helen Rostill

Deputy CEO and Director of Therapies, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Executive Director for Mental Health, Surrey Heartlands; Frimley SRO for Mental Health

Professor David Blackbourn

Position: Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey
Categories: Board members

David has 35 years’ experience in fundamental and translational biomedical research. His published works have been cited more than 5000 times and he has raised over £8m in research funding. In 2015 he co-founded Ducentis Biotherapeutics, an innovative biotechnology company based, on his previous research.

Professor David Blackbourn

Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey

Professor Simon Skene

Position: Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials Unit
Categories: Board members

Simon has 20 years’ experience teaching and research in medical statistics and clinical trials. He leads Surrey CTU and has a portfolio of grants supporting the evaluation and implementation of digital health solutions.

Professor Simon Skene

Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials Unit

Jenny Ritchie

Position: Senior Business Manager, Enterprise Programmes Innovation Strategy, University of Surrey
Categories: Board members

Jenny is responsible for the University of Surrey’s Enterprise Programmes, with a strong focus on growing the portfolio of SME programmes to encourage knowledge exchange and create impact.

Jenny Ritchie

Senior Business Manager, Enterprise Programmes Innovation Strategy, University of Surrey

Guy Boersma

Position: Managing Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network
Categories: Board members

Guy has worked in health and care for more than 20 years, in both private and public sector organisations and at national, regional and local level. He is a collaborative leader, relishing the role of catalysing effective delivery across organisations. Guy is also an Ambassador for Healthcare DENMARK.

Guy Boersma

Managing Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Peter Carpenter

Position: Service Delivery Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network
Categories: Board members

Peter is responsible for delivery oversight of the portfolio of programmes for KSS AHSN, including the quality improvement and patient safety collaborative portfolios, as well as the programme activity to spread and adopt innovation into practice.

Peter Carpenter

Service Delivery Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Rachel Crossley

Position: Joint Executive Director, Surrey Heartlands
Categories: Board members

Rachel has worked in Surrey since 2003, in a range of local government roles before being appointed to the Joint Executive Director for Public Service Reform role in May 2021.  In this role, Rachel is accountable to both Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System and Surrey County Council for driving the continuous improvement of a public service model that supports the delivery of our integrated health and social care strategies.  Key areas within her portfolio include public health, population health management, reducing health inequalities, strategic business intelligence and analytics, estates and driving innovation through the Surrey Heartlands Academy.

Rachel Crossley

Joint Executive Director, Surrey Heartlands

Delivery team

Lisa James

Position: Senior Programme Lead HTA
Categories: Delivery team

I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years holding leadership positions at national, regional and local level and within the voluntary sector. I am employed by KSS AHSN a core partner for the HTA to lead the operational team at the HTA to mobilise its support offer to industry, academia and healthcare. I enjoy working collaboratively to improve patient outcomes using innovations, transformation and new technology.  My role also supports ICs in Surrey with their clinical and system priorities.

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Lisa James

Senior Programme Lead HTA

Ginny Common

Position: Centre Manager
Categories: Delivery team

As well as managing the day to day running of the HTA my role involves engaging with stakeholders, ensuring the HTA remains safe and operational and making sure that those who use the centre are provided with the support and service required to get their work done. I have a background in running Innovation Centres and a wealth of experience in customer service which makes me best placed to aid the users of the HTA get the best out of the accelerator.

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Ginny Common

Centre Manager

Dr Ewa Jakubczyk

Position: University of Surrey Research Fellow in Health Technology Acceleration
Categories: Delivery team

My Role is to strengthen the University of Surrey’s collaboration with existing HTA partners, maximise the use of the HTA and build relationships with new SMEs and industry partners that engage with the HTA.

Thanks to my knowledge, multi-directional education, experience, and transparency, I can easily communicate in a complex and diverse environment. I have a background in Engineering, material science, innovation, chemistry, human movement, medicine, consulting,  leadership and over 15 years of Disability and Neurodiversity experience, with extensive experience in mental health issues and awareness.

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Dr Ewa Jakubczyk

University of Surrey Research Fellow in Health Technology Acceleration

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