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Meet the Team

Tony Cox

Tony is the Commercial Director of NHiS and has a wealth of experience in both a pharmaceutical and agency environment. Tony and the team are passionate about ensuring that patients get access to the right treatments at the right time in order to improve outcomes in healthcare.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

Chief Executive for Commissioning Excellence

With a clinical background in nursing, Sue has held leading national roles since 1991. This has included 18 years as national policy and practice adviser for long term conditions at the Royal College of Nursing. Following this, Sue set up a unique commissioning support organisation for the voluntary sector, the Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) unit, taking this to NHS England niche provider status in 2014.

Sue has been an expert advisor to numerous Department of Health work streams and NICE, as well as having a place on the Board of the Royal College of Physicians former National Council for Chronic Conditions. She has also give evidence to many national strategic reviews including All Party Parliamentary Groups, the Public Accounts Committee and the Royal College of Physicians.

Sue has led numerous service transformation projects in both primary and secondary care as well as providing commissioning mentorship to numerous other voluntary sector organisations. Sue is a Florence Nightingale Scholar, A Winston Churchill fellow and is author of over 160 published articles and 12 book chapters. She frequently speaks both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the 2015 International Movement Disorders Conference which was recently held in San Diego.

Deborah Matthews

Deborah Matthews

Lead Commissioning Advisor for Commissioning Excellence

Deborah has worked for many years as an NHS commissioner, latterly for Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Cornwall. Here, her responsibilities included the commissioning of neurology services as well as responsibility for commissioning the air ambulance service for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Prior to joining NHiS's Commissioning Excellence directorate, Deborah worked for the Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) unit. In this time, Deborah took the lead on providing service reviews for CCGs, providers and Strategic Clinical Networks. In her commissioning support role she also worked on a number of co-creation models of care for people with long term conditions, setting up innovative approaches to care like the RENEW exercise programme in Cornwall. Deborah has provided expert commissioning recommendations to multiple leading neurological organisations and has extensive experience in data analysis, service mapping and redesign. She is member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Commissioning reference panel and a panel member of the Mansfield and Ashfield Nottinghamshire General Practice PPI.

Petra Westlake

Petra is the Product Director of NHiS and uses her experience of market access and knowledge of local health economy information to ensure that our products are aligned to both the goals of the NHS and our clients. Petra actively leads her teams to ensure that our outputs benefit health and social care.

Paul Midgley

Paul is the Insights Director of NHiS and blends his working life between the company and the NHS. Paul has a direct input into NHS service redesign and couples that knowledge with his understanding of the commercial needs of healthcare organisations.

Laurence Mascarenhas

Laurence Mascarenhas

Commissioning Adviser for Commissioning Excellence

Laurence joins the Directorate of Commissioning Excellence covering London and Southeast England having worked in the NHS for 20 years, across multi-agencies in the public, private and third sectors.

After his exit from the NHS, Laurence returned to work for a not for profit organisation, following an earlier two year secondment as an Associate Director from NHS Surrey. During his time in the NHS Laurence has undertaken a number of service reviews, redesigned care pathways and implemented transformation projects for various long term conditions including mental health. Notable among them was the Virtual Wards in Croydon and Integrated care for patients with COPD in Surrey, which subsequently led to the improved management of respiratory illness in primary care.

As a Commissioner for mental health services in Southwest London, Laurence worked closely with the local authority to publish the Merton Mental Health Needs Assessment and represented Merton CCG on the Steering Group for the development of the Dementia Hub managed by the Alzheimer’s Society. Additionally, he was also responsible for the delivery of various QIPP projects.

Laurence is passionate about empowering people to manage their own health and as a member of the reference group for Quality Institute for Self-Management Education and Training (QISMET), has contributed to the development of quality standards for self-management.

Sarah Mehta

Sarah Mehta


Sarah has a varied background in health writing and developing materials for patient, professional and commissioner audiences, and now supports the NHiS team with their activities. Sarah initially worked as a medical writer for physician audiences and then moved to the voluntary sector with roles at the MS Society and Sense About Science focused on communicating evidence based medicine and research to the public in creative ways.

Having developed an interest in neurological conditions, Sarah joined Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS) and was responsible for marketing, communications and digital activities aimed at engaging NHS commissioners. Much of her work has involved meeting patients and professionals to better understand the challenges they experience in staying well / keeping their patients well.

More recently Sarah completed a certificate in science communication at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. During that time she guest blogged for a number of organisations including the World Health Organization and she also currently writes for the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

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