Social innovators don’t follow a linear pathway of change…..Indeed, things often get worse before they get better as systems change creates resistance to and pushback against the new
Michael Quinn Patton, 2010   Developmental Evaluation

Our Board

Deborah Ghate D.Phil, FAcSS (Chair)​

Deborah Ghate

Deborah is the chief executive of the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation and has been working in applied implementation science since 2008.


A former academic, CEO of an implementation support centre in Ireland, and director of a policy research centre in London, she now specialises in child and family services and in research and advisory roles for public service and voluntary organisations, where learning from implementation and improvement science can be brought to bear on service design, delivery and evaluation. She collaborates widely with colleagues across the world and was a board member of the Global Implementation Initiative from its inception until 2017. Contact the Chair:

Tom Jefford (Vice-Chair; Safeguarding)

Tom Jefford

Tom is a Director of Family Psychology Mutual. Tom is completing a professional doctorate in implementation science at Anglia Ruskin University. He previously was a Head of Service at Cambridgeshire County Council with responsibility for youth offending, alternative education, drug and alcohol commissioning, young carers and youth services.


Tom is also a Director of The Edge Café. Tom has a long interest in evidence based interventions and established the first English MST Team. He is a board member of the European Implementation Collaborative and also of CSSL which delivers the social impact bond in Essex. He is currently a Fellow of the Go-Lab at Oxford.

Annette Boaz Ph.D (Trustee)

Annette Boaz

Annette Boaz is a social scientist and Professor of Health Care Research in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George’s University of London in the UK.  Her research focuses on the relationship between research evidence, policy and practice, implementation, improvement and service user engagement. 


She supports a number of initiatives aimed at increasing capacity for research use including the UK National Institute for Health Research Knowledge Mobilization Fellowship scheme, the Alzheimers Society Implementation Grant Advisory Board and the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). 

Claire Burns (Trustee)

Clare Burns

After a long career spent in children and families social work practice, Claire now plays an important leadership role within the CELCIS Directorate. CELCIS is a leading improvement and innovation Centre in Scotland for children in need of care and protection and their families. Claire's principle focus is to make sure that we really know and understand what works best when it comes to supporting looked after and vulnerable children, their families and care leavers. Claire is a champion for this knowledge to be included in legislation, policy and guidance and implemented in support services and a strong advocate of building implementation capacity in Children’s services.


She was part of the first cohort to complete the Post Graduate in Implementation Science at Trinity College Dublin and was part of the group who supported GIC 2019 in Scotland. 

Emma Ross RMN (Trustee)

Emma Ross

Emma is a  Programme Manager in Leeds Children and Family services with responsibility for a range of MST services as well as several innovation projects.  She is a mental health nurse with a thirty year career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, having spent most of her working life as a practitioner/manager in specialist mental health services including eating disorders, adolescent assertive outreach and MST.

She has a particular interest in evidence based practice, hard to reach adolescents and multi-agency working.  She is the lead developer in several initiatives in Leeds Children social care including MST FIT, the Leeds Practice Model, the Rethink Model and Futures (working with young parents who have experienced the removal of an infant through proceedings).

Professor Nick Sevdalis (Scientific Lead)

Nick Sevdalis

An experimental psychologist by training, Nick is a Professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety, Director of the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London, joint Academic Director of the King's Health Partners Quality Improvement & Implementation Science Clinical Academic Group, Deputy Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration: South London (NIHR ARC: South London), and Associate Editor of Implementation Science. Prior to this appointment, Nick was a Reader in Patient Safety in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, UK, and Deputy Director of the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. 

Andrew Walker (Knowledge Resources)

Andrew Walker

Andrew is Deputy Clinical Director (MSK) and Evaluation Lead at the Health Innovation Network (south London’s Academic Health Science Network). His work focuses on supporting the spread, adoption and evaluation of evidence-based interventions within healthcare, particularly for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. He is a physiotherapist and has a PhD in implementation science from St George’s, University of London. He produces the UK Implementation Society’s bulletin, Implementation Knowledge and News, and curates and commissions our Digest series. Contact Andrew at

Alexandra Ziemann (Honorary Member, liaison European Implementation Collaborative)

Alexandra Ziemann

Alex is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR) at City, University of London. Her research focuses on improving the spread of health and social care innovations across different contexts, especially in terms of understanding external contextual factors, exploring spread approaches and mechanisms, and developing strategies to adapt innovations to different contexts.

Alex is a Board Member of the European Implementation Collaborative (EIC) and joined the UK Implementation Society Board as an Honorary Member to facilitate a closer exchange and collaboration between UK-IS and the EIC.

Our Officers

Mark Pearson (Commissioning Editor, Blogs)

Mark Pearson

Mark is a social scientist and Senior Lecturer in Implementation Science & Knowledge Mobilisation in the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at Hull York Medical School, University of Hull. His research focuses on the evaluation of implementation strategies and processes in health, social care, and public health systems. 


Mark is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international knowledge translation journal Evidence & Policy, Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter Medical School, and a member of the National Institute for Health Research’s Health Services & Delivery Research (HSDR) Funding Committee. Contact Mark at  

Penny Matthews

Penny Matthews (Administrator)

Penny looks after membership and website administration, and is the person to contact in the first instance with any queries about the Society or about how to join us. Contact Penny at