Our founding partners lead an experienced and diverse team of consultants, drawn from the worlds of healthcare, politics and communications.

Mike Birtwistle

Mike Birtwistle

Founding Partner

Mike is recognised as an expert in health and social care reform, having been named as one of the Health Service Journal's 'health twitterati', as well as one of the 100 most influential non-aligned political bloggers by Total Politics. He sits on a number of key national health policy advisory boards and has also been awarded the prestigious Communiquétor of the Year award for delivering sector-leading advice and outcomes.

Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan

Founding Partner

Bill is a former policy special adviser at the UK Department of Health. He was one of the leading architects of the reforms to health and social care and has a unique understanding of the pressures that influence or impede change in the NHS. The Health Service Journal has twice named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the NHS.

Sarah Winstone

Sarah Winstone

Founding Partner

Sarah has led high profile international and national programmes for pharmaceutical clients, as well as serving as the lead advisor on a range of successful charity campaigns. She worked with Mike at their previous consultancy, leading it to four successive years as either the Communiqué Consultancy or Specialist Consultancy of the Year, having previously headed Cancer Research UK's parliamentary and campaigning function, helping the charity secure important policy wins on tobacco control policy and the strategic direction and funding of cancer services.

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas

Senior Counsel

Richard is the former Director General for Finance, Strategy and the NHS at the Department of Health. He retired from the civil service in May 2015 as Whitehall’s longest-serving finance director, having been Whitehall's youngest ever Director General when first appointed. One of the most influential civil servants in the NHS’s history, he is widely respected in 10 Downing Street, HM Treasury and across government for his track record in controlling the £100 billion NHS budget for well over a decade.

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Senior Counsel

Mike is the former Chief Inspector of Hospitals, where he spearheaded the inspection, quality and safety agenda and is one of the most widely respected and effective clinical leaders in the NHS. He has served in a variety of in senior clinical roles at NHS England and the Department of Health, including as the National Clinical Director for Cancer for over a decade. He has been responsible for developing clinical strategies on cancer, end of life care and cardiovascular disease. He has also been instrumental in delivering reforms to access to medicines, through his work on the ‘top ups’ review, which led to reforms to NICE, and his leadership of the project to analyse international variations in drug usage. He was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.
Caroline Gordon

Caroline Gordon

Caroline has spent over a decade working in politics, patient advocacy and consultancy. She has worked for senior local and national politicians, run national campaigns for major charities, and is experienced in leading complex and high profile policy and communications programmes.

Ed McIntosh

Ed McIntosh

Ed has a particular interest and expertise in access to medicines issues, which he has developed during his time in consultancy and working in-house for a major pharmaceutical company. He has advised on hard-hitting policy and media campaigns designed to enable patients to gain access to the highest quality clinical care.

Christiane Kellner

Christiane Kellner

Christiane is experienced in UK and international health policy matters, advising clients on a wide range of issues from health technology assessment processes to cancer funding policies. Prior to joining Incisive Health, Christiane worked at the European Commission and the European Parliament. She holds an MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. 

Elizabeth Beck

Elizabeth Beck

During her career in public affairs, Elizabeth has advised clients on the facilitation of partnership working and collaborative approaches for addressing complex health policy challenges. She has been involved in projects relating to medicines optimisation, specialised healthcare and new models of care. 

Jonny Greenberg

Jonny Greenberg

During Jonny’s career in public affairs, he has advised clients to influence change on a wide range of issues, including new models of care, the NHS workforce, health technology, the NHS estate and social care funding. Prior to entering consultancy, Jonny gained experience working for a Member of Parliament and in the Policy and Strategy team at a local authority. 

Rosie Mughal

Rosie Mughal

Rosie is an experienced consultant, having advised clients on a range of policy issues across the health sector, from complex disease areas through to the development of the provider landscape. She has worked with senior NHS leaders, hospitals, trade unions and professional membership bodies, as well as providers into the NHS, including biotech companies.

Aalia Kazi

Aalia Kazi

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Aalia studied for an MSc in Cardiovascular Science at University College London after graduating with a first class degree in Human and Medical Science. She currently supports clients on issues ranging from public health interventions through to care for people with long-term conditions.

Toby Hannam

Toby Hannam

Toby joined Incisive Health from the parliamentary office of George Freeman MP, where he supported him in his role as Government Life Sciences Advisor. He currently advises clients on issues such as genomics, health technology assessment and HIV care.

Greg Manuel

Greg Manuel

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Greg worked for a Labour MP, as well as gaining experience in campaigning at the Alzheimer’s Society. He graduated with a first class degree in History from the University of Oxford and went on to study for an MA in International Relations at the University of Warwick.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson

Jack is an experienced health policy consultant with expertise spanning the independent healthcare sector, technology assessment processes and specialised commissioning. Jack works with pharmaceutical companies, independent healthcare providers and campaign groups in public affairs and media relations in the UK and EU, having joined Incisive Health from a policy and communications consultancy.  

Kieran Lucia

Kieran Lucia

Kieran joined Incisive Health from a specialist public affairs agency, where he helped clients understand complex public sector stakeholder and policy environments. He holds a degree in History from the University of Oxford and a Masters from King’s College London.

Neena Singh

Neena Singh

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Neena worked closely with ministers in the Department of Health and on government policy, including coordinating mental health support for victims of emergencies. She has an MA in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College London and currently advises pharmaceutical companies and charities on a range of complex issues.

Valeria Orezzi

Valeria Orezzi

Valeria has advised a range of life sciences companies and charities on complex health issues. She previously worked for the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons on a range of parliamentary and constituency issues.

Caroline Sautter

Caroline Sautter

Caroline joined Incisive Health in November 2016 after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a first in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specialising in biological anthropology. She currently supports clients on a range of issues, including health technology assessment, genomics and cancer.

 

Charlotte Dickin

Charlotte Dickin

Charlotte joined Incisive Health following the internship programme in June 2017. Prior to joining Incisive Health, Charlotte worked for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in Manchester. She graduated from the University of Manchester with an LLB in Law and Politics and currently advises pharmaceutical clients across a range of policy issues, including supporting people with long-term conditions and neurodegenerative conditions.

Chris Warren

Chris Warren

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Chris gained experience in policy communications at the British Heart Foundation. He graduated with a first class degree in Politics from the University of York and currently supports clients on a range of issues from access to cancer treatments to treatments for people with long-term conditions.

Klark Mullen

Klark Mullen

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Klark was a published researcher for King’s College London and then worked in the Secretariat of the European Parliament before joining a consultancy specialising in EU affairs. He holds a first-class BA in European Studies from King’s College London, a MSc in EU Politics from the London School of Economics and speaks fluent French.   

Oliver Mann

Oliver Mann

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Oliver worked for a Liberal Democrat MP. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA Hons in Politics and currently advises clients on a range of topical issues, including NHS service redesign and Brexit.

Will Highfield

Will Highfield

Will has a background in healthcare communications, with a focus on rare diseases and specialised commissioning. He works with pharmaceutical and charity sector clients across multiple disease areas, supporting them on issues ranging from reimbursement campaigns to policy analysis. 
Zain Hassan

Zain Hassan

Zain joined Incisive following the internship programme in May 2017. Prior to joining Incisive Health, Zain obtained a BSc in Pharmacology, specialising in Neuropharmacology. Zain went on to complete a Masters in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh and currently supports clients on a range of issues from pharmacy reform to public health interventions.

 

Brice Staquet

Brice Staquet

Brice joined Incisive Health in November 2016 as the Director of Finance and Operations, responsible for Finance, Legal, Controls and Operations. Prior to this Brice worked for 10 years at an international consultancy as a Finance Controller. He started his career in Belgium and moved to the UK in 2011. Brice is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant.

Sue Stowers

Sue Stowers

Sue joined Incisive Health in March 2014 as Office and Operations Manager and ensures smooth day-to-day running of the office. With extensive experience in financial management and administration, she oversees Incisive Health’s invoicing arrangements and relationships with suppliers.

Laura Reid

Laura Reid

Laura is Incisive Health’s Personal Assisant, responsible for providing the founding partners and team with administrative support.

We are keen to hear from people who are passionate about health and committed to making a difference for patients. If you’d like to join our team please get in touch.

 

 

Photography by Lisa Bretherick.