Our Team

The PMO team is a group of 3 full time and 5 part time staff, which supports the co-chairs, committee chairs and the wider membership to align in driving forward an agreed annual work programme, delivering the CHA’s Learning, Leading and Advocating mission. They also support member and partner involvement, develop data & policy insights and position statements and provide business development support to help secure the longer term viability of this member-funded partnership.
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Alexandra Norrish

Alexandra is Managing Director of the Children’s Hospital Alliance. She leads the strategic development and delivery of the CHA and holds committee management for the CHA’s main governance group, the Programme Steering Group as well as its Research and Innovation networks.

Alexandra is also Development Director at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where she leads on development of the Trust’s Research and Innovation Strategy, and the development of the National Centre for Child Health Technology. She has worked in the NHS since 2014, with a focus on shared working, collaboration between acute providers, and care improvement. Prior to moving to the NHS she worked for 15 years in the civil service, in the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Number 10.

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Vicki Fryer

Vicki is PA to the Managing Director and the CHA administration lead. She provides logistical and practical support for the PMO team and connects with our members and partners to schedule and administer all of our CHA meetings and supports project management and events.
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Anne Marie Davies

Anne Marie is the Innovation and Inequalities Programme Manager for the CHA leading the delivery and engagement of programme management activities across membership trusts.   Anne Marie leads programme management for the CHA’s WNB AI Innovation, Virtual Wards, and Health Inequalities projects, as well as Innovation Network, Charity CEOs and Clinical Reference Groups. Anne Marie joined the NHS in 2012 gaining significant experience in complex transformation; strategic acquisitions/mergers and working across organisational boundaries.  Prior to this, she worked in a Local Authority in neighbourhood management leading Community Engagement projects; Private sector Design and manufacturing project management and ran her own business. She gained an Msc. Leadership and management development and other than this has a keen interest in Inequality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Kim Orwin

Kim is a Project manager who leads the CHA’s programme of shared learning activities and project management across critical work streams, including the evaluation of the Was Not Brought AI tool, CHA input on Sophie’s Legacy and other delivery projects.  Kim joined the NHS in 2017 and has worked within the Sheffield Children’s Service Improvement team for 2 years, gaining a wealth of project management, clinical engagement & operational delivery experience, as well as IT & system optimisation. Kim is also supporting the development of the CHA website and a Research Network.

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Louisa Desborough

Louisa is the CHA’s strategy and advocacy lead for the CHA, alongside her role as strategic adviser to Matthew Shaw – CEO at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and co-chair of the Children’s Hospitals Alliance. Louisa leads committee management for the quarterly CHA Partnership Board, CHA CEOs & service leads meetings and Communications Directors and Chief Pharmacists group. Louisa has worked at GOSH on communications, strategy and partnership projects since 2014, before which she spent several years as the Director of a specialist Health and Social Care practice within a national strategic communication consultancy.

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Jennifer Connolly

Jennifer is the Children’s Hospital Alliance (CHA) analytics lead. She is a Senior Consultant at Edge Health and works to support data-driven shared learning, innovation and advocacy for children and young people’s healthcare services. She also leads on committee management for the CHA finance directors group.
Her other areas of interest and expertise are in population health management, cancer pathway management and infectious disease modelling (Covid-19). Jennifer’s background is in the natural sciences and statistics. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Kieran Dale

Kieran is the co-lead for the Children’s Hospital Alliance (CHA) CHART project. He is a Senior Analyst at Edge Health, and supports on analytics and health inequalities projects for the CHA. He has delivered work for the NHS in areas such as: business intelligence strategy, system-wide waiting list modelling and simulation modelling to inform emergency department redevelopment. He is an engineering graduate of the University of Sydney.
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Lucia De Santis

Lucia is a senior analyst at Edge Health and a medical doctor. Prior to joining Edge Health, she worked in the NHS for three years, with her most recent role being Paediatric Respiratory Fellow at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Lucia has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the National Health Service and her first-hand clinical experience brings unique insights into clinically-focused analytical challenges, as well as a perspective aligned with clinical stakeholders.

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