Our people

Who are we and where do we come from...

Gillian Holdsworth

Gillian has global responsibility for the delivery of SH24, championing the service and fostering positive relationships across workstreams.

Gillian is a consultant in public health medicine in the public health directorate of Lambeth and Southwark Councils, formerly NHS Southwark. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and has worked in Southwark for over ten years leading on women’s and children’s services, sexual health and cancer screening. She has a strong track record in delivering evidence based public health strategy, effective cross-sectoral collaboration and ‘mainstreaming project work’. For example: she led the situational analysis of teenage pregnancy and development of a multiagency evidence based strategy in Southwark which has delivered a reduction in teenage pregnancy rate of 30% since 2007. She developed a public health approach to violence reduction in collaboration with A&E departments, police and voluntary sector - initially funded through Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, it has now been mainstreamed with funding from Lambeth and Southwark Youth Services.

Paula Baraitser

Paula leads on the academic workstream measuring SH24’s impact on the sexual health of local people.

Paula is an honorary senior lecturer at Kings College London where she teaches research methods. Her research interests are in sexual health service development and she has published extensively on this subject. Paula is currently principal investigator at Kings College Hospital (KCH) for research studies looking at text messaging to promote sexual health and user involvement in research. Paula is a consultant in sexual health at KCH and medical advisor for the English National Chlamydia Screening Programme. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Paula spent five years as a clinical champion for the Lambeth and Southwark Sexual Health Modernisation Initiative working to develop integrated sexual health services across the borough and leading on user involvement and service evaluation.

Chris Howroyd

Chris leads on the design and development of SH24 and is currently working in the clinics and with SH24’s digital partner to build its first minimum viable product (MVP#1).

Chris is a trained product designer and is passionate about products and services that make a difference to people’s lives. He has worked in both the private and public sector and has designed everything from toys to catheters, in the UK and abroad. He has managed new product development strategies that have identified new markets, challenged incumbent brands, improved user experiences and bred powerful cultures of innovation. During his time at the Design Council he directed three national open innovation programmes and has spent the last seven years working with frontline staff in the NHS. He has a breadth of experience of inspiring and managing design-led thinking in the NHS, local councils and industry.

When not working on SH24, Chris spends his time toddler wrangling and reading fiction about media types, written by media types.

Anatole Menon Johanssen

Dr Anatole S Menon-Johansson is the Clinical Lead for the Sexual Health service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, that includes a seven day a week community clinic at Burrell Street - one of the clinics where MVP1 will be developed.
Anatole is the Clinical Director of the national charity Brook serving 250,000 young people a year with sexual and reproductive health services, education and advocacy. Finally, he founded the social enterprise SXT Health CIC to support high quality real-time sign posting to appropriate services.

Michael Brady

Dr Michael Brady is a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at King's College Hospital. He is the departmental lead for service development and has a particular interest in new models of sexual health service delivery, strategies to improve uptake of HIV testing and access to treatment and care, primary HIV infection and HIV transmission. He works in a busy HIV out-patient department and is responsible for the management of over 200 people living with HIV. Michael is also the Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) which is the UK's largest sexual health and HIV charity. THT delivers a large range of clinical, health promotion and social care services to people living with HIV, and Michael is responsible for clinical governance as well as advising on strategy for service development.

Glyn Parry

Glyn is responsible for the day-to-day project management of SH24 across its four workstreams and ensuring there is the critical mass to deliver its MVPs successfully.

He has 13 years experience of delivering projects and service improvement initiatives in local and central government that have led to innovative approaches to providing public services.

From making education, employment and skills data digitally available to Londoners through Intelligent London and Skills Match, to implementing New York Police Department’s performance management tool (COMPSTAT) in London local authorities, through to managing capital projects to build Children’s Centre's in some of London’s most deprived wards, Glyn relishes delivering fresh approaches to services that make a difference to people’s lives.

Glyn has a special interest in hybrid organisations (such as CICs - which SH24 is!) having helped set-up a start-up for homeless people called Open Cinema - which he based his Masters in Public Management dissertation on.

Glyn likes running long distances, listening to records and the smell of freshly ground coffee beans.

Andre Martey

Andre is responsible for the day-to-day business of SH24; from coordinating events to managing the financial reporting, and is often the first port of call for enquiries.

Having a background in NHS business management, Andre has worked for several years in Southwark’s Public Health Department, eventually moving into NHS Research and Development to promote and encourage research in Primary Care.

Andre also has a personal interest in sexual health promotion, having volunteered for two years for the Terrence Higgins Trust Roadshow, working with young people at various events.  These days Andre can usually be found at the gym in his free time; going for early morning runs or mangling sheet music with his saxophone and clarinet.  

Vicki Spencer-Hughes

Vicki is a Specialist Registrar in Public Health and has membership of the Faculty of Public Health. Vicki is working with SH24 particularly supporting the evaluation and business modelling workstreams.

Vicki has six years experience in public health and has a particular interest in using data and evidence intelligently to inform decisions as well as evaluating projects robustly. Most recently she worked on an evaluation of emergency presentations of cancer across 11 trusts in London.  She is really excited to be working on SH24 with colleagues from clinical, commissioning, design and academic backgrounds and with everyone focusing on ensuring SH24 delivers a service which meets the needs of users.

In a previous working life Vicki was a PA in private equity and before that a trainee chartered accountant, however, the need for a challenge and to be working to improve the lives of others led to Vicki doing a MSc in Social Epidemiology and discovering public health.

Mollie Courtenay

Mollie is working on the user engagement, testing and prototyping of SH24.

She is now working to ensure the development of SH24 is user-centered, and that the insights from the initial discovery phase influence the design decisions for MVP1.

Mollie is part of the Design Council’s Challenges team and is also working on The Knee High Design Challenge; which is funding and supporting new ventures to develop new products, services, performances or experiences that will raise the health and wellbeing of under fives and their families.

Mollie studied Graphic Design at Kingston University, but tailored her studies to develop skills and projects that were focused on improving lives. She is also a mentor for the pilot run of the RSA Pupil Design Awards 2014.