Our People

Dr. Tom Jefford
Interim Chair; Safeguarding
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
Annette Boaz is a social scientist and Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 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 and co-leads with Kathryn Oliver, Transforming Evidence, an initiative designed to support learning on the use of research evidence across policy domains, different countries and contexts.
Claire 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.
Professor Nick Sevdalis
Trustee; Scientific Lead
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 founding chief editor of Frontiers in Health Services - Implementation Science section. 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.
Dr. Andrew Walker
Trustee; Knowledge Resources
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 admin@ukimplementation.org.uk
Dr Alex Ziemann
Hon. Board Member - liaison European Implementation Collaborative
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.
Penny Matthews
Penny looks after membership, events and the website, and is the person to contact in the first instance with any queries about the Society or about how to join us.

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Previous Chairs of the Board of Trustees

Dr Deborah Ghate, D.Phil, Chair  2014-2021. 

Deborah was the Founding Chair of UK-IS; read about the history of the Society and her reflections on retiring from the Chair HERE

Previous Trustees

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Prof Tracey Bywater, Ph.D

Dez Holmes

Dr Melissa Van Dyke

Emma Ross RMN