Our governance

Our governance

Health Innovation East is a business name of Eastern Academic Health Science Network which is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee with company number 08530726. Registered office is at Unit C, Magog Court, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge, CB22 3AD, England.

Our board comprises a wealth of experience and expertise, meeting four times a year to provide oversight and leadership in setting the company’s strategic aims, whilst ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place to meet our objectives.

Daily management of Health Innovation East is delegated to the chief executive and the senior management team, who operate within discretionary powers and protocols delegated by the board.

We spend roughly half of our time on the adoption and spread of the national programmes delivered by the Health Innovation Network (formerly the Health Innovation Network). We spend the other half on areas of health consistent with the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and in the Eastern region and the areas where our region is best placed to make major advances.

We will always be clear about any commercial interests Health Innovation East holds with any innovations we support when we are working with healthcare providers and commissioners, including revenue sharing or commercial agreements.

Register of directors’ interests

CURRENT DIRECTORS Date of appointment to the Board


End of term of office Post Declared Interests
Tracy Dowling 01.01.20 31.03.25 Chair Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (until December 2021)

Chair of East of England Applied Research Collaborative (ARC) (until December 2021)

Board member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) (until November 2021)

Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local People Board (until December 2021)

Chair of NIHR East Region CRN (Clinical Research Network) (until December 2021)

Michael Hornberger 01.01.20 31.12.22 Non-Executive Director Professor of Applied Dementia Research, University of East Anglia

Associate Dean of Innovation, University of East Anglia (until July 2022)

Director, NeurOn Limited (Neuropsychology Online) (from April 2019)

Director, DeliriOn Limited (Delirium Online) (from February 2019 until August 2021)

Gary Howsam 19.01.21 18.01.24 Non-Executive Director Chief Clinical Improvement Officer (interim), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS (from July 2022)

GP Partner, Nene Valley Hodgson Medical Practice, Peterborough (from November 2021)

Vice Chair (External Affairs) Royal College of General Practitioners (from November 2019 until November 2022)

Clinical Chair, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (from July 2016 until June 2022)

GP Partner, Octagon Medical Practice, Peterborough (from January 2019 until November2021)

Vice Chair, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP/ICS Board (until June 2022)

Vice Chair, Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board (until June 2022)

Director, Octagon Property Services Ltd (from April 2020 until September 2021)

Lindsey Cook 01.03.21 29.02.24 Non-Executive Director Director, SoWhat? Healthcare Consultancy (from February 2022)

Director, Wicked Minds Healthcare Consultancy (from August 2012 until February 2022)

Non-Executive Director (interim Chair December 2020), Create Development (from March 2020); Non-Executive Chairperson (from October 2021)

Trustee, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) (from June 2020)

PPV member, NHS England Chemotherapy CRG (from September 2019 until July 2022)

Trustee, Anglia Care Trust (from February 2020 until June 2021); Chair, Anglia Care Trust (from June 2021)

Business Mentor, Sheffield Hallam University, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre

AWRC (from 2020)

Piers Ricketts 19.04.18 Chief Executive Officer Deputy Chair of the Health Innovation Network (until August 2019)

Chair of the Health Innovation Network (from September 2019 until March 2021)