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Meet the Academy Team

Details and biographies of the people who work for the Academy for Healthcare Science


Paul Lawton MSc BSc


Paul Lawton has worked in consultancy and informatics roles for almost 40 years and for the last 30 years exclusively in the health and care sector.  His experience embraces the management of high profile consultancy programmes and projects, at both a national level and for individual health and care organisations, working particularly in the field of research, education, training and development for informatics professionals in the NHS.

Paul is also an experienced Company Director and Board member and continues to be involved in the operation of several businesses.  From 2003 until 2017, he undertook the role of Secretary for the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), first developing and then overseeing the voluntary registration function for health informatics professionals.  In 2009 he also became Managing Director of the trading subsidiary, UKCHIP Services Ltd.

Alongside his current part-time commitment as Head of Registration Services for the AHCS, Paul is a director of UK-China Partnerships for Health Limited, a new venture specialising in the transfer of UK expertise and technology in the healthcare & life science sectors, particularly in respect of education, training and standards development to support China’s integrated health and care system programmes.


Advisor, Elaine Jenkins


Elaine has worked in a variety of higher education organisations over the last 25 years, including working at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Initially, she was part of the team developing and implementing the Major Review of all NHS funded Healthcare Education in England. This enabled Elaine to work with statutory regulatory bodies such as the NMC and the HPC (as it was known then), as well as a variety of professional bodies and the Department of Health.

Elaine went on to work as an Assistant Director in QAA with responsibility for developing national policy, managing reviews of higher education providers at institutional level both in the UK and overseas, and training those undertaking the reviews. Elaine has also worked as a University Quality Manager and as a consultant with universities and national quality assurance agencies, overseas as well as in the UK.

Elaine has a doctorate from Cardiff University, her thesis explored the relationship between a national regulator and different types of higher education providers. The study presents and analyses the views from ‘both sides of the table’ by considering the perspectives of those in the regulatory body and staff within the providers.

Elaine joins the Academy as an advisor focussing on our role as HCPC Approved Education Provider for the Scientist Training Programme. She welcomes the opportunity to return to working in the regulation of healthcare education and reigniting her particular interest in the link between the regulation of academic standards and quality and protecting the patient.


Development Co-ordinator, Beth Dodson

beth-dodson-profile-pic-websiteBeth is the Academy’s Development Co-ordinator, intending to deliver improvement and change across all of the AHCS programmes through positive and practical communication, problem-solving and relationships.  Beth currently works on Equivalence and believes that the Academy should adopt a value-driven approach to healthcare regulation that benefits patients, allows experienced healthcare scientists to easily evidence their knowledge and skills and delivers a cost-benefit to the taxpayer.

Beth is a general specialist.  She has a MSc/HRM (2002) and has worked within the entrepreneurial, private and public sectors in England and elsewhere.  Her experience includes operations, director of a software company, marketing, PR, advertising, management, training and HRM including at Disney, Shandwick and McCann Erickson.  Beth has considerable international experience including HRM/financial services across southern Africa, HRM/supply chain in Brussels and sales management training in Brazil.  Her more recent public sector work includes 7 years performance/research at the Audit Commission, and 3 years at NHS Employers, including leading on a project commissioned to develop guidance for employment of consultant clinical healthcare scientists.  Other NHS Employers projects include staff health and wellbeing, health visitor recruitment/retention, 7 day services and Paperless.


Lead for Wales, Dee Ripley

Dee Ripley

Dee is the Academy for Healthcare Science Lead for Wales, and is also Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Prior to this, Dee was  Specialist Biomedical Scientist in the disciplines of Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion, at the Aneurin Bevan Health Board, South Wales.

Dee’s most recent roles at the Cardiff School of Health Sciences include Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science programme, Training Facilitator for practice placement educators, and leading the implementation of the Modernising Scientific Careers BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) programme at the Cardiff Metropolitan University.



Business Manager, Keisha Asamoah

Keisha is responsible for business planning and delivery; supporting policy development and implementation. She was part of the Modernising Scientific Careers Programme  team since April 2012. She joined the MSC Programme after supporting the delivery of the Department of Health’s Cross Government Obesity Programme. In 2013 she successfully transitioned the business of the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer from the Department of Health to NHS England and Health Education England.


Executive Assistant, Fiona Fiorentino

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Fiona joined the Academy in November 2015 as Executive Assistant, providing administrative support to the Academy Team, Professional Council and Board.

Fiona worked as a Legal Executive for many years, dealing with Probate and Residential/Commercial Conveyancing before moving into the Insurance industry and working as a Senior Claims Handler for the NFU Mutual.   More recent roles have been Executive PA/Administration Manager for a UK and International Children’s charity and Executive PA to the Directors of a large Cruise/Travel company.


Project Manager, Alun Williams

Alun WilliamsAlun Williams is a contract Project Manager having worked previously with the Academy until July 2015 on Equivalence processes. This is Alun’s first role in Healthcare Science, having  has previously worked on education and infrastructure security projects. Alun also spent three years as an English as a Second Language tutor in South Korea and China.

Alun leads the liaison with our IT developers on our knowledge infrastructure projects, and supports the operation of the AHCS website.  Alun has represented the Academy at Healthcare Science conferences.





Registrations Ambassador, Natalia McLackland,

Natalia's Bio

Natalia started her career as a Biomedical Support Worker and after pursuing her life- long dream, became and fully qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist thanks to Salford Royal Mortuary. Trained to diploma level and about to do a Level 3 top up Anatomical Pathology Program with the AHCS, Natalia continues her work with pride as a registered Healthcare Science Practitioner.

Recently Natalia has changed Hospitals to work as a Cadaveric Theatre Technician with the N.S.T.C- Newcastle Surgical Training Centre for Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals. Natalia views this as an enhancement of her skills and helps the education of medical students, Doctors, Consultants and GP’s with advanced cadaveric courses, Research programs and the best Robotic Surgical work available with the new Da Vinci Robot.



Website, Comms & Marketing Advisor – Square Media, Matthew Rigby

Matthew RigbyMatthew Rigby is the principal Website, Communications and Marketing Advisor to the Academy. Working alongside the Academy, Matthew aims to deliver transformative change to the Academies Marketing & Comms strategy including developing the identity and awareness of the brand across the Healthcare Science industry, improving the performance of digital media and ensuring the Academy is effectively communicating it’s work and role within the industry to all stakeholders.

Matthew is the lead marketing consultant at Square Media, a Digital Marketing Consultancy. Matthew has worked in the marketing industry for more than 10 years, working with clients and employers across a variety of sectors including Public, Construction, Technology, Retail and Service.