Our international practice is led by our founding partners, Mike Birtwistle, Bill Morgan and Sarah Winstone.

They are supported by an experienced, multilingual and multinational team of consultants, drawn from the worlds of healthcare, politics and communications.

Mike Birtwistle

Mike Birtwistle

Founding Partner

Mike is recognised as an expert in what drives change in health and social care. He has been responsible for multiple award-winning campaigns, leading to wins for patients in terms of earlier and more accurate diagnosis, access to new treatments and improvements in the organisation and delivering of services. He writes regularly for the Health Service Journal and has also been awarded the prestigious Communiquétor of the Year award for delivering sector-leading advice and outcomes.

Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan

Founding Partner

Bill is a former policy special adviser to the UK Department of Health. He has participated in the UK Government’s delegations to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on medicines pricing and to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the social determinants of health. He has supported the implementation of international health advocacy campaigns, including driving greater awareness of Parkinson’s disease, and has worked with the EU institutions to secure improvement to key aspects of health-related legislation.

Sarah Winstone

Sarah Winstone

Founding Partner

Sarah has led high profile international campaigns and programmes for clients on both long-term and acute conditions. With particular strengths in coalition building and activation, she regularly facilitates strategy workshops and bespoke training sessions both for patient groups and multinational companies. She has spoken at a number of international congresses, particularly in relation to oncology – having started her career at the UK’s largest charity, Cancer Research UK, where she headed the parliamentary and campaigning team.

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas

Senior Counsel

Richard is the former Director General for Finance, Strategy and the NHS at the Department of Health. He retired from the civil service in May 2015 as Whitehall’s longest-serving finance director, having been Whitehall's youngest ever Director General when first appointed. One of the most influential civil servants in the NHS’s history, he is widely respected in 10 Downing Street, HM Treasury and across government for his track record in controlling the £100 billion NHS budget for well over a decade
Professor Sir Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Senior Counsel

Mike is the former Chief Inspector of Hospitals, where he spearheaded the inspection, quality and safety agenda and is one of the most widely respected and effective clinical leaders in the NHS. He has served in a variety of in senior clinical roles at NHS England and the Department of Health, including as the National Clinical Director for Cancer for over a decade. He has been responsible for developing clinical strategies on cancer, end of life care and cardiovascular disease. He has also been instrumental in delivering reforms to access to medicines, through his work on the ‘top ups’ review, which led to reforms to NICE, and his leadership of the project to analyse international variations in drug usage. He was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.
Francesca Scassellati Sforzolini

Francesca Scassellati Sforzolini

Francesca has over 20 years of public policy and corporate communications experience in Brussels and several EU Member States. She has led a number of pan-European initiatives and campaigns for pharmaceutical clients and advocacy groups and has served in senior positions within global multinationals and leading not-for-profit organisations. Francesca holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from the John’s Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in English, French and Italian and also speaks Spanish and some Norwegian.   

Ed McIntosh

Ed McIntosh

Ed joined Incisive Health from a major pharmaceutical company, where his responsibilities included liaising with European colleagues on the impact of EU legislation on the UK life sciences environment. Ed has particular expertise in access to medicines issues and has carried out cross-border analyses of the impact of different appraisal and reimbursement systems on patients’ access to treatment.

Agnes Brandt

Agnes Brandt

Agnes has extensive expertise in the EU regulatory field in public health. Prior to joining the Incisive Health team in Brussels in 2017, Agnes worked in the European Parliament on health policy and EU regulatory matters. She also has experiences in advocacy work, policy research and consultancy. Agnes holds a doctorate degree in Social Sciences from Freiburg University in Germany. Her working languages are English, German and French and she also speaks some Spanish and Turkish.  

Christiane Kellner

Christiane Kellner

Christiane is experienced in international policy matters, advising clients on a wide range of issues from health technology assessment processes across Europe to the implications of the EU medical devices regulation. She has worked in Brussels both in the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as in consultancy. Christiane holds an MPhil in European Politics from the University of Oxford.

Elizabeth Beck

Elizabeth Beck

During her career in public affairs, Elizabeth has advised clients on the facilitation of partnership working and collaborative approaches for addressing complex health policy challenges. She has been involved in projects relating to medicines optimisation, specialised healthcare and new models of care and has experience of working with international advocacy organisations.

Jonny Greenberg

Jonny Greenberg

During Jonny’s career in public affairs, he has advised a number of global clients to influence change on a wide range of issues, including new models of care, the clinical workforce, primary care, health technology and infrastructure, and social care funding. Prior to entering consultancy, Jonny gained experience working for a Member of Parliament and in the Policy and Strategy team at a local authority.

Rosie Mughal

Rosie Mughal

Rosie has advised clients on a range of policy issues across the health sector, from complex disease areas through to the development of the provider landscape. She has a wealth of experience working with senior NHS leaders, hospitals, trade unions and professional membership bodies, as well as providers into the NHS, including biotech companies.

Aalia Kazi

Aalia Kazi

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Aalia studied for an MSc in Cardiovascular Science at University College London after graduating with a first class degree in Human and Medical Science. She supports clients on issues ranging from public health interventions through to care for people with long-term conditions. Aalia has a particular interest in healthcare access in developing countries.

Greg Manuel

Greg Manuel

Greg has advised a number of global companies and patient groups on high profile policy and political communications at both international and national levels. He works closely with a coalition of international charities to improve disease outcomes for lung cancer patients across the globe. He previously gained experience in campaigning at Alzheimer's Society, where he supported the work of a multinational campaigning and research consortium.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson

Jack is an experienced health policy consultant with expertise spanning the independent healthcare sector, technology assessment processes and specialised commissioning. Jack works with pharmaceutical companies, independent healthcare providers and campaign groups in public affairs and media relations in the UK and EU, having joined Incisive Health from a policy and communications consultancy. 

Kieran Lucia

Kieran Lucia

Kieran joined Incisive Health from a specialist public affairs agency, where he helped clients understand complex public sector stakeholder and policy environments. He advises multinational pharmaceutical companies and charities on a range of policy and communications issues. He holds a degree in History from the University of Oxford and a Masters from King’s College London.

Maddy Farnsworth

Maddy Farnsworth

Prior to joining Incisive Heath, Maddy worked in the Communications Team at the Nuffield Trust, a health policy think tank, where she had a broad remit of events, marketing and stakeholder engagement. Maddy currently advises clients on issues ranging from public health interventions to genomics.  

 

Neena Singh

Neena Singh

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Neena worked closely with ministers in the Department of Health and on government policy, including support for victims of international disasters. She studied an MA in Medical Law and Ethics, covering international legislation such as the European Convention on Human Rights. Neena currently advises multinational pharmaceutical companies and charities on a range of complex issues.

Toby Hannam

Toby Hannam

Toby joined Incisive Health from the parliamentary office of George Freeman MP, where he supported him in his role as Government Life Sciences Advisor. He currently advises clients on issues such as genomics, health technology assessment and HIV care.  

Will Highfield

Will Highfield

Will has a background in healthcare communications, with a focus on rare diseases and specialised commissioning. He works with pharmaceutical and charity sector clients across multiple disease areas, supporting them on issues ranging from reimbursement campaigns to policy analysis.  

Antonio Marino

Antonio Marino

Following his graduation from the University of Cambridge with a starred first in History, Antonio joined Incisive Health in October 2017. He currently advises clients on a range of issues, including immunological conditions, infectious diseases, and corporate strategy.
Henry Poust

Henry Poust

Henry joined us after completing an MA in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Sheffield, having previously been awarded First Class Honours with Distinction for his BA in Politics with International Relations at the University of York. Prior to joining Incisive Health, Henry had written on global health for an academic journal and he now advises clients on a range of issues including corporate strategy, NICE reform and care for people with long-term health conditions.

Klark Mullen

Klark Mullen

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Klark was a published researcher for King’s College London and then worked in the Secretariat of the European Parliament before joining a consultancy specialising in EU affairs. He holds a first-class BA in European Studies from King’s College London, a MSc in EU Politics from the London School of Economics and speaks fluent French.

Oliver Mann

Oliver Mann

Prior to joining Incisive Health, Oliver worked for a Member of Parliament. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA Hons in Politics where he studied a variety of topics related to global health, culminating in his dissertation that focused on the international response to HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

Thomas Stephens

Thomas Stephens

Before joining Incisive, Thomas spent over four years in Parliament working on a range of successful health-related campaigns – most recently for the Labour MP Diana Johnson, where he led her work on the Infected Blood Inquiry and reproductive healthcare law reform. He holds an MSc in Social Policy (with Distinction) from the LSE, and currently advises clients on issues ranging from the social care provider market to access to specialised treatments.

Zain Hassan

Zain Hassan

Zain joined Incisive following the internship programme in May 2017. Prior to joining Incisive Health, Zain obtained a BSc in Pharmacology, specialising in Neuropharmacology. Zain went on to complete a Masters in Policy Studies from the University of Edinburgh and currently supports clients on a range of issues from pharmacy reform to public health interventions.  

Brice Staquet

Brice Staquet

Brice joined Incisive Health in November 2016 as the Director of Finance and Operations, responsible for Finance, Legal, Controls and Operations. Prior to this Brice worked for 10 years at an international consultancy as a Finance Controller. He started his career in Brussels and moved to London in 2011. Brice is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant and holds an Accounting degree from EPHEC.  

Susan Stowers

Susan Stowers

Sue joined Incisive Health in March 2014 as Office and Operations Manager and ensures smooth day-to-day running of the office. Sue has extensive experience in financial management and administration, partly gained over eleven years working for an international publisher. She oversees Incisive Health’s invoicing arrangements and relationships with suppliers.  

Laura Reid

Laura Reid

Laura is Incisive Health’s Personal Assisant, responsible for providing the founding partners and team with administrative support.  

We are keen to hear from people who are passionate about health and committed to making a difference for patients. If you’d like to join our team please get in touch.

 

 

Photography by Lisa Bretherick.