Executive team

Rachael Beard – HR DirectorDavid Halsall – Clinical DirectorRobert Heywood – Chief Operating OfficerAndrew Knott – Commercial Director

Rachael Beard – HR Director


Rachael has over 15 years’ experience in HR, both in the NHS and the private sector. She is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development and a qualified coach, and has worked at an executive level since 2011. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rachael was Director of HR at Suffolk Community Healthcare.

Rachael is responsible for all aspects of the Partnership’s workforce, including:

  • HR strategy
  • Organisation development
  • Training and education
  • Workforce planning
  • Leadership development including talent planning

David Halsall – Clinical Director


A highly qualified clinical scientist, David has over 15 years’ experience working as a consultant clinical scientist in the NHS. Prior to working with the Pathology Partnership, David was Clinical Director for Biochemistry at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a keen interest in endocrinology and is director of the Supra-Regional Assay Service for endocrinology.

David’s key areas of responsibility are:

  • Quality and clinical governance
  • Clinical safety
  • Patient safety
  • Clinical leadership and practice standards
  • Research and development
  • Providing specialist clinical advice to other healthcare professionals

Robert Heywood – Chief Operating Officer


Rob became Acting Chief Operating Officer at the Partnership in November 2016. He has worked in the NHS for more than 17 years in roles ranging from being a porter to sitting on the Board of an NHS Foundation Trust. Rob developed his operational management and leadership skills as a general manager at Peterborough Hospital before becoming Director of Operations at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and then Chief Operating Officer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn. Rob’s experience includes managing emergency flow, elective services, diagnostics (including pathology) and working in primary care and at the Department of Health. He has a degree in medical science and a masters in healthcare management, with a dissertation of focussed on the importance of emotional intelligence in leading healthcare

Andrew Knott – Commercial Director


Andrew’s background is in business development and marketing, and the majority of his career has been spent in professional services, most latterly as the marketing leader for PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PWC) public sector practice. Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Member of the Marketing Society and a Certified Member of the Market Research Society. He was actively involved in the creation of the Pathology Partnership, and prior to this he was the commercial lead at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew’s key areas of responsibility are:

  • Developing and managing relationships with existing and new customers
  • Leading bids for new business and re-tenders
  • Strategic planning
  • Branding and reputation management
  • Legal/company secretarial

Non-executive directors

Julian NichollsJulie Parker

Julian Nicholls


Julian is a non-executive director of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. He has spent 20 years successfully managing substantial business to business services companies in the UK and Europe. He is currently chairman of Whitehill Pelham Ltd and advisor to a number of Private Equity owned companies. During his early career he had senior roles in sales, marketing and business development in the computer industry. He spent parts of his early career working in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia.

Julie Parker


Julie is a non-executive director at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. She is an accountant by qualification and has significant experience working as a director of resources and finance at three London councils over a period of ten years. Julie is a board member at Colchester Borough Homes; a member of the Joint Audit Committee of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Essex Police. Julie also serves on the audit committees of two national bodies – the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Housing Ombudsman.

Hub and satellite laboratory operations managers

Roseanna Bignell – Cytology Network ManagerKate Campbell – Satellite manager for Hinchingbrooke and PapworthNazia Hussain – Satellite manager for East & North HertfordshireJohn Livermore – Satellite manager for Colchester HospitalDaison Zinyemba – Acting Site Manager for Cambridge

Roseanna Bignell – Cytology Network Manager


Roseanna began her career in biomedical science in 1995 as a trainee biomedical scientist. She has worked in a number of cytology departments within the Eastern region, including Basildon, Colchester and West Suffolk hospitals, as well as for the regional QA service in an advisory role, inspecting local laboratories. She is currently a member of the IBMS Cytology Advisory Panel. At the Pathology Partnership, Roseanna manages the cervical cytology laboratories at Newmarket and Colchester. The screening service covers the whole of the Pathology Partnership’s catchment area and also Mid Essex. The departments handle approximately 140,000 samples a year, making it one of the five largest in the country.

Kate Campbell – Satellite manager for Hinchingbrooke and Papworth

Kate joined the NHS in 1981 and is a qualified biomedical scientist. She is responsible for the day-to-day strategic management of the satellite laboratories at Hinchingbrooke and Papworth hospitals. Kate has undertaken a variety of roles within the areas of transfusion science, haematology and immunology. During her time at NHS Blood and Transplant she specialised in the field of platelet immunology and through collaboration with colleagues from the University of Cambridge, she published in the fields of allo and autoimmune thrombocytopenia.

After joining Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2006 as the head biomedical scientist in immunology, Kate completed an MSc in management and leadership, focusing on the use of coaching to facilitate change within a healthcare setting. Her studies encouraged her to move firstly to lead workforce development and latterly to manage the service improvement programme for pathology at Papworth. In July 2015 Kate was appointed to the role of site manager for the Pathology Partnership’s services at Hinchingbrooke and Papworth.

Nazia Hussain – Satellite manager for East & North Hertfordshire


Nazia began her career in the NHS in 2000 as a trainee biomedical scientist. She worked in the haematology department at Cambridge University Hospitals before specialising in haemostasis. In this role she provided scientific advice on specialist haemostasis to trust users within the region, was involved in assay development, and co-ordinated MSC training and quality within haematology. In August 2014, Nazia joined the Pathology Partnership as Satellite Manager for the Hinchingbrooke and Papworth laboratories, and is now Satellite Manager for the pathology laboratories and services within East and North Hertfordshire.

John Livermore – Satellite manager for Colchester Hospital


John started work in the NHS in 1979 as a trainee medical laboratory scientist. Working initially in a small multidisciplinary laboratory in a psychiatric hospital, he moved on to develop skills in microbiology and haematology at North Middlesex and Whittington Hospitals. In 1995 John became laboratory manager at Chase Farm Hospital and then, following a Trust merger in 1999, he was responsible for overseeing the combined microbiology service or Chase Farm and Barnet Hospitals. John has since worked at James Paget Hospital and at Colchester General Hospital. John worked as a member of the clinical and operations team at Colchester General Hospital during the formation of the Pathology Partnership, and took up his current role in May 2014.

Daison Zinyemba – Acting Site Manager for Cambridge

Other key staff

Fiona Bryant – Transformation DirectorMarion Enkel – Associate Director of Compliance and Governance

Fiona Bryant – Transformation Director


Fiona has over 15 years’ experience in delivering major transformational change programmes and high profile projects in both the public and private sector. An award winning change director, she was responsible for leading Cambridge University Hospital’s work related to the establishment of the Pathology Partnership. Prior to this, Fiona led the Regional Development Agency’s national relationship with Government, developing partnerships and joint delivery of transformed services cited as best practice by ministers. An accredited programme and project manager and a shared service architect, Fiona has an MBA in change management. She is a member of the Association of Project Managers, and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In 2012 she completed the NHS leadership programme.

Fiona’s key areas of responsibility are:

  • Leading transition, service improvement and reconfiguration
  • Standardisation of business processes
  • Promoting innovation in practice

Marion Enkel – Associate Director of Compliance and Governance


Marion began her career in the NHS in 1988 as a trainee biomedical scientist. She worked for a number of years in clinical chemistry laboratories before moving into a pathology-wide quality management position at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust in 2008. In this role Marion chaired the pathology governance forums for quality, training and risk management. She worked with the laboratories supporting them to achieve accreditation to CPA standards and to secure funding for staff training and development. In July 2013 Marion joined the Pathology Partnership on secondment and was appointed to her current position in June 2014.

Marion’s key areas of responsibility are:

  • Implementing and sustaining effective quality standards and controls
  • Quality management
  • Complaints management
  • Governance arrangements and assurance
  • Governance and quality leadership and development
  • Risk management

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