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Meet the Network Team

Paul_Mackenzie.jpgPaul Mackenzie, Senior Clinical Network Manager


Paul recently re-joined the SCN having spent time over recent years working in commissioning and at the Academic Health Science Network specialising in Patient Safety.

He has developed expertise in various clinical areas utilising project and programme management skills. Paul is passionate about reducing health inequalities and involving patients in improvement work and has developed and implemented a number of health care strategies across the region. He has an academic background and expertise in the area of cancer prevention. He also has a strong clinical background in nursing, having worked in a variety of health care sectors including Hospice Care, District Nursing, Macmillan Nursing, Secondary Care and Tertiary Care as well as the third sector.

In his role at the SCN, Paul is leading on Diabetes across the North West Coast.

Mike_Headshot.jpgMike Mayers, Quality Improvement Programme Manager


Mike has worked in the NHS for the past seven years in a variety of transformation and redesign roles, improving quality and ways of working. Most recently he worked on the transformation of mental health services in West Lancashire. Before that he was a senior commissioning manager for the North West CSU where he worked on a broad range of improvement projects and reviews for CCGs and providers across Greater Manchester. He was also head of business processes at Stockport CCG where he was involved in redesigning and improving pathways and patient journeys.

Before working in the NHS, Mike worked in the private sector, including several years in business analysis and improvement at AstraZeneca and various operations and procurement roles for manufacturing and service organisations.

Saunders_Mel.jpgMelanie Saunders, Quality Improvement Project Manager


Mel works as a Quality Improvement Project Manager for Diabetes and Urgent Emergency Care for the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks and provides support to the Lancashire & South Cumbria Steering Group.

During her time with the NHS, Mel has provided administrative and project support for Cardiovascular Disease across Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and most recently Cheshire & Merseyside. Mel is a Mental Health First Aider as well as being the First Aider for the Preston Office.

Being active on social media via Twitter, Mel dedicates time to promoting charity and NHS events, along with making her colleagues eat cakes and do ‘fun’ runs to raise vital funds. Outside of the office, Mel enjoys her new brain capacity after having planned a wedding, trekking up big hills with her husband and border collie, year round BBQs and 'sampling' whiskies.

John_Lee.jpgJohn Lee, Quality Improvement Project Manager


As Quality Improvement Project Manager for Diabetes and Urgent Care, John currently provides support to the Cheshire Diabetes Steering Group.

Since joining the NHS, he has worked in various project roles for Public Health England and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT. These include: providing data support to the Antenatal and Newborn Screening team; facilitating the implementation of a Sickle Cell and Thalassemia e-learning package for GPs and coordinating quality assurance visits to maternity wards across the North West.

John also has experience in the private sector, having worked for companies including The Royal Bank of Scotland and The Mace Group.

Laura_Hand.jpgLaura Hand, Quality Improvement Project Manager


Laura is a Quality Improvement Project Manager for Diabetes and Urgent Care and covers the Merseyside area, providing support to the Merseyside Diabetes Steering Group. 

She has previous Project Management experience in the Utilities industry and has worked in various project roles across Capital Development projects with a focus on customer care and stakeholder cohesion, financial management and environmental management. She also has experience managing business change projects with a focus on efficiency savings across the operations department.

She is an Association for Project Management (APM) Practitioner and Associate Member with an interest in the North West APM Committee event organisation.

Outside of work Laura enjoys singing with a local choir and performing at local charity events, her weekly Zumba classes and spending time with friends and family.