Meet the team

Dr Richard Deed, Technology Director
Richard is responsible for the overall management of TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service.

Richard has many years experience in the identification, evaluation and commercialisation of a number of healthcare innovations, which combined the skills of technology evaluation and intellectual property management to his sound scientific knowledge.

Richard held senior postdoctoral research positions at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research attached to the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where he worked on characterising novel transcription factors involved in the development of cancer in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Prior to this he carried out research at the Cancer Research UK laboratories in London, studying retroviral mechanisms of gene activation in breast cancer.

T: 0161 276 5763 / 07837 985 672


Raj Purewal – Business Development and Partnerships Director

14091902_Raj Purewal_001 - CopyRaj is responsible for Business Development and Partnerships, including the NHS and commercial medtech sectors, where his objective is to develop TRUSTECH into the UK’s leading provider of healthcare innovation advisory and consultancy services.

With degrees in Pharmacology and Law, Raj has over 25 years of experience selling pharmaceutical, IT and managed service solutions to the NHS and international and commercial sectors for organisations such as Merck, Xerox, Lexmark/IBM, Open Text and arvato.

Whilst seconded to IBM, Raj was the Sales Director responsible for the multi-million pound NHS-PASA Managed Services Contract and the National Programme for IT. Raj led his sales team to secure significant engagements with B2G and B2B clients. In recent assignments he delivered new prospects, clients and revenue for vendors of healthcare IT solutions and services.

T: 0161 701 0581 / 07974 150 255


Mark Claydon – Chief Operating Officer

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Mark is Chief Operating Officer of TRUSTECH, responsible for delivering quality services today and building capacity and capabilities for TRUSTECH future growth.

Mark brings a wealth of operational and general business management experience, from failing as an entrepreneur in a demanding retail environment; to succeeding as the business leader of a Medtech SME.

Mark has championed a culture of change and continuous improvement in diverse organisations; from a regionalised retail support service provider to a multifunctional life science manufacturer and service provider.

T: 0161 276 5832 / 07818 598 636


Dr Ruth Hale – Deputy Innovation Unit Manager

Ruth manages innovations from the following areas: Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Before joining the TRUSTECH team, Ruth was Senior Scientist at a Cambridge biotechnology company. Her research was based on ribozyme technology, developing chemically modified oligonucleotides for use as novel pharmaceuticals and target validation agents. Ruth has a broad background in the biosciences, which she developed working in both academic and commercial environments.

Her PhD research was carried out at the University of Liverpool, investigating protein biochemistry in trypanosomes. Following this, Ruth held a postdoctoral position of the
University of Cambridge researching protein-DNA interactions in filamentous bacteriophage.

Ruth developed her interest in intellectual property and technology transfer while working as a research scientist in the commercial sector.

T: 0161 276 5786


Mr Adrian Warner – Head of Commercial Services

Adrian is the Head of Commercial Services for TRUSTECH. The Commercial Services team assist a variety of companies/organisations with NHS engagement including market research and clinical evaluations. TRUSTECH also supports NHS organisations with industry engagement.

Adrian started his career with UKAEA (subsequently AEA Technology) in biomedical research including: radiation detection and metabolism studies; bone metabolism; bone density research in osteoperosis and orthopaedic implants. This biomedical research led to 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the National Health Service in 2007 to work on: clinical project managment; feasibility of clinical research projects; and improving access to NHS clinical research sources.

For TRUSTECH, Adrian has delivered a number of successful projects, including research support for medical device companies (with the NIHR), industry and NHS workshops, knowledge transfer programmes (Nuclear to Health), and multiple NHS based market intelligence and clinical evaluation projects.

T: 0161 701 2511 / 07825 097683


Dr Joanne Thomas – Senior Technology Manager

Joanne joined TRUSTECH in 2002 and has worked on a number of NHS innovations including: GraftBolt, SAGE & THYME, RehabAngel and Proximat. She works with NHS organisations and staff in Manchester and beyond and is involved in every stage of spreading an innovative product or service into other organisations, from the inital assessment of the market need and commercial viability, through to protecting the intellectual property, writing a business plan, negotiating and drafting a licence for a company to make and sell a product, and handling post-licence issues.

Joanne has been involved in providing a consultancy service to a variety of organisations including universities, companies, an ambulance trust and a strategic health authority. This work has included: assessing the market for a new diagnostic medical device, conducting market research for a personal hygiene product; advising on the development of a business plan for a number of services; gaining in depth customer feedback and writing a business plan for commercialising a software package.

Before joining TRUSTECH, Joanne worked alongside the TRUSTECH team for a year whilst acting as a Technology Co-ordinator for the ‘Manchester Intellectual Property Biotechnology Exploitation Platform (manIP BEP)’. In this post she was involved in the identification, protection and exploitation for two of the teaching hospitals in Manchester and the four Greater Manchester Universities. Joanne has also gained some experience in intellectual property management from her role as a Research and Development (R&D) Co-ordinator for Stockport NHS Trust, where she was involved in managing and reporting on R&D within the organisation, and the licencing and commercialisation of the narrative skills development pack.

Joanne has a background in medical research. She gained her first degree in Physiology from Sheffield University and has also worked as a Research Assistant for the University of Manchester, based in a hospital gastroenterology laboratory. Whilst there, she was awarded a PhD investigating the effects of the drug, sumatriptan, on the function of the oesophagus (gullet). In addition, she was responsible for carrying out clinical diagnostic tests on patients with oesophageal motility and reflux problems and acted as the study co-ordinator for numerous commercial clinical trials investigating new treatments for people with irritable bowel syndrome.

T: 0161 276 6965


Dr James Corden – Business Development Manager (NHS Services Team)

James manages innovations originating from Trusts within Greater Manchester and Cheshire and has an expanded role focussing on project management of cases requiring development work and appraisal and development of business cases/plans involving NHS based technologies and spin out opportunities.

James is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with experience in technical consulting, project management and engineering design. During PhD research at Leeds University, James was involved in the design and development of a polyurethane artificial heart valve intended for human implantation and for incorporation within a left ventricular assist device.

This was followed by three years as a Design Engineer at a Salford-based company involved in the design and manufacture of automotive test equipment and four years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at a large engineering consultancy providing engineering analysis, technical consultancy and project management services to clients within the
nuclear, defence and power generation industries.

T: 0161 276 5782 / 07837 985 285


Dr Paul Hanmer – MedTECH Centre Manager

Paul has over fourteen years experience of design, development and manufacturing of medical devices in the NHS and commercial sector after completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Kent in collaboration with the Royal Institute and Courtaulds Research.

Paul’s commercial experience included involvement in the development of a number of advanced wound care and ostomy products, including multi million dollar brands such as Aqualgel (TM) Ag, he is also a named inventor on a number of patents. He has worked in a variety of roles at all stages of the product development process from early stage research and development to transfers of technology from research into manufacturing production and evaluating technologies offered as licencing opportunities. During four years experience working in a manufacturing / operations environment Paul gained a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2004.

Paul has spent the last two years as Commercial Services Manager TRUSTECH providing access to NHS expertise, business intelligence and clinical evaluations to private innovators seeking to access the NHS market. He has delivered numerous market research projects and project managed several clinical evaluations of promising novel medical devices in a wide variety of clinical areas. Paul is now the Centre Manager for MedTECH, a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Manchester Science Park (MSP) and Corridor Manchester.

The MedTECH Centre is operated by TRUSTECH. The aim is to draw on the strengths of the partners with the objective of accelerating the development of innovative medical technology, combining first class business accommodation and support provided by MSP wit systematic access to NHS expertise provided by CMFT through its five hospitals (St Mary’s, Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Dental Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary) which together form a regional centre of clinical excellence treating around 1 million patients every year and an ideal venue for clinical innovation.

For more information and how to find out about how The MedTECH Centre can help your business, please contact Paul on:

T: 0161 820 8440 / 07837 987125



Alexis Ward – Market Research Manager

Alexis joined as Market Research Manager at TRUSTECH in January 2007 and in 2009 moved to TRUSTECH’s Commercial Services Team. A key member of the TRUSTECH team, Alexis has a broad appreciation of current working practices, organisational structures and governance processes in the NHS and manages a wide range of projects. Alexis has previously worked on the Smart Solutions for HCAI programme, delivered numerous market research projects and project managed clinical evaluations of promising novel products, gaining depth in customer feedback and providing access to NHS expertise and business intelligence.

She delivers high quality and timely projects providing a consultancy service to a variety of organisations, international companies, SMEs, universities and government bodies and has become a Programme Manager for the Smart Solutions for Healthcare programme, a regional initiative to identify and evaluate novel technologies, services and products in the fields of cardiovascular disease and long term conditions.

Alexis has an MSc in Marketing from the University of Manchester Business School, is a Chartered Marketer and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), Associate of Market Research Society (AMRS), and has completed the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification in project management methodology.

T: 0161 701 2509


Kevin Moreton – Business Development Manager

Copy of Kevin Moreton Aug13Kevin is a Business Development Manager in the Commercial Service team at TRUSTECH. This role involves identifying and engaging with healthcare companies with novel technologies, services and products that may be of benefit to patients and healthcare organisations, delivering market research and managing evaluation projects.

Previously, Kevin worked for the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) where he was involved in a number of Department of Health led programmes including iTAPP (Innovative Technology Adoption Procurement Programme), the Healthcare Associated Infections Technology Innovation Programme, the Showcase Hospitals Programme and the Design Bugs Out and Design for Patient Dignity initiatives. Kevin has written and contributed towards a number of  Department of Health and NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) commissioned publications, and has provided Project and Programme Management for a number of healthcare initiatives.

Kevin was also involved in establishing NTAC’s commercial services division where he assisted a number of healthcare companies to increase adoption of their technologies by the NHS.

T: 0161 701 2697 / 07837 988659


Dr Yvonne Kuma – Healthcare Innovation Officer

Copy (2) of Yvonne Kuma Aug13Yvonne appraises healthcare innovations from NHS Trusts within the North West for associated intellectual property and commercial viability, and assists with licence negotiations, spin-out company formation and funding applications.

Yvonne has a background in biochemistry. She gained her PhD from the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee, during which she conducted research into the physiological roles of the newer members of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase family. This was followed by post-doctoral work mainly at the University of California at Berkeley, and more recently a Pg Dip in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Manchester.

T: 0161 276 5769


Louisa Gerrard – Administration Manager

14041402_002_HaselerCLouisa is the first point of contact for all enquiries into TRUSTECH and is responsible for providing effective administration support to the whole team, ensuring processes and procedures run efficiently. These include Board Governance arrangements, Finance and Claim reporting to stakeholders and HR/Workforce procedures.

Prior to commencing her career here, Louisa was studying at the University of Manchester where she graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Linguistics.

T: 0161 276 5764


Carl Peachey – Communications Manager

Carl is the first point of contact for media queries and co-ordinates TRUSTECH’s marketing, communication and digital activities, including: maintenance of TRUSTECH online presence, graphic design and event management. He also functions at a strategic level, ensuring that the organisation’s services and brand are effectively communicated across all outlets.

Additionally, Carl provides support on a range of TRUSTECH programmes, working closely with organisations such as: NHS England, Health Innovation Manchester, MIMIT, UCLPartners, DigitalHealth.London and Manchester’s Business Growth Hub.

T: 0161 701 2524


Charlotte Haseler – Business Development Manager /  Project Support

14041402_002_HaselerCCharlotte has recently joined the commercial services and works alongside them to carry out market intelligence research activities and assist with the planning and delivery of TRUSTECH events.

Charlotte recently graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University with a 1st Class degree in Business Management, which enabled her to gain knowledge in project management, SME’s, accounting and quality, and operations management as well as obtaining Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

T: 0161 276 5762


Sig Mikladal – Innovation Nexus Project Manager

Sig is responsible for the high quality delivery of the Innovation Nexus on behalf of Health Innovation Manchester.

Sig has considerable experience as an entrepreneur and manager in finance, accounting, IT, business planning and project management with innovative SMEs in Healthcare, Medtech and IT.

Sig is a graduate of Manchester Business School with MSc in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation. He also has a BA (Hons) in International Business Management and is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner in project management.

T: 0161 701 2509


Ambreen Yasin – Project Officer

Amber joined TRUSTECH as a Project Officer, providing administrative and project support for current programmes such as STEP INto Healthcare as well as assisting the commercial team with planning and delivery of various TRUSTECH events and conferences.

Amber completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to further study by recently completing a Masters of Research in Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

T: 0161 507 8513


Mayram Khan – Project Officer

Mayram assists the Administration Manager to ensure the efficient running of TRUSTECH processes and procedures, as well as providing project support across several projects.

Mayram recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Genetics, which, alongside several years of working at St. Ann’s Hospice as a volunteer, inspired an interest in science and healthcare.

T: 0161 276 4750


Jack Howell – Marketing Administrator 

Jack is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester. He works predominantly on the development and implementation of marketing campaigns and activity for Innovation Factor, helping more NHS staff to find out about the service and encouraging them to submit their ideas to improve the services and care they deliver. Jack’s skills include written communication, photography and video editing, creative software (including Adobe Creative Cloud) and presentations.

Before joining TRUSTECH, he interned at a start-up stock photography company and worked as a teacher in India with the British Council.

T: 0161 701 8061


Patrick Courtney – Junior Account Manager

Patrick is the Junior Account Manager in the TRUSTECH sales and marketing team. His primary responsibilities involve carrying out preliminary research on prospective clients, developing tailored sales plans and making the initial contact with new clients. Patrick is helping to refine and streamline the sales process to enable TRUSTECH’s services to be more widely used, as well as supporting the directors in account management for all new and existing clients.

Before joining TRUSTECH, Patrick studied Physics at the University of Manchester where he fostered an interest in how innovative technologies can be applied in the real world.

T: 0161 701 2697