Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Alder Hey has committed dedicated clinician time, supported by executive, commercial, technical and project management resources to ensure that innovation can be achieved at scale and pace within the NHS and beyond.

You can contact the Innovation team by emailing the Innovation Hub manager at or calling 0151 228 4811 (ext: 4048).

Founders and Directors

Our founders and directors provide strategic leadership and represent the Innovation Service in the hospital and beyond.

David PowellDavid Powell, Executive Lead for Innovation (Development Director)

David joined Alder Hey as Development Director in December 2012 and has over 30 years experience working in the NHS. Prior to his role at Alder Hey, David held Development Director posts in Bristol and London overseeing new hospital programmes.

David has a history degree from Manchester University and is a qualified accountant.

Iain HennesseyMr Iain Hennessey, Clinical Director of Innovation (Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon)

Mr Iain Hennessey leads an Innovation Service which is working with world leading companies and local small businesses, using gaming technology, sensors and cognitive computing to predict the progression of illnesses and plan individualised treatments. 

Iain says: “Our aim is to be the world’s best hospital for children, using all the latest technology to take the fear out of coming in for an operation or appointment and also to provide the best possible care.

“I love my role as director of innovation – it allows me to work with companies who are at the leading edge of technology; to try out new kit such as virtual reality headsets, or visit a super computer and see how it crunches data to produce the best care plan for a patient." 

rafael-guerrero.jpgMr Rafael Guerrero, Co-Director of Innovation (Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon, Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery)

Mr Guerrero has been a Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon at Alder Hey since 2012 and prior to this had been a Consultant at the Leeds Children’s Hospital from 2006.

Rafael is one of three cardiac surgeons at Alder Hey, one of the largest children heart units in the United Kingdom. As part of his role in the Innovation Service, Rafael has worked with the University of Liverpool's Virtual Engineering Centre to develop a pre-operative planning tool which uses the latest developments in virtual reality.

Outside work, Rafael is a keen rower, competing at national and international regattas, as well as enjoying road cycling and outdoor sports.

Clinical Innovation Team

Russell Ashworth
Innovation Consultant
(Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist for Resuscitation)

Dr Nik Barnes
Innovation Consultant
(Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, Chief Clinical Information Officer)

Dr Ram Kumar
Innovation Consultant
(Consultant Paediatric Neurologist)

Simon Minford
Innovation Consultant
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr Will Calvert
Innovation Fellow
(Paediatric Surgical Registrar)

Dr Darren Gates
Innovation Fellow
(ST7 Paediatric Intensivist)

Dr Jing Ouyang
Innovation Fellow
(Peter Milner Fellow in Medical Innovation, Clinician Entrepreneur Fellow)

Delivery Team

Our Delivery Team manages the operations of our Innovation Service, including its product development programme, event programme and the operation of the Innovation Hub facility.

Jason Taylor
General Manager

Carol Platt
Innovation Associate
(Outpatient Service Improvement Lead)

Emma Hughes
Commercial Partnerships

Tricia Roberts
Programme Director - Alder Hey App

Andrew Westhead
IT Support

Jen-Bowles Smith

Innovations Facilitator

Sophie Reade

Project Manager


Researchers from external organisations work with us to give a sound evidence basis for our product development and innovation practice.

Katie Neary
PhD Student
Management School, University of Liverpool

Alder Hey Children's Charity
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