Our Staff

AQuA employs approximately 48 staff as part of its core team. These staff are responsible for the day to day running of the organisation and supporting the delivery of it's annual offers to members and customers.

The core team is made up of staff from a wide range of backgrounds in both clinical and non clinical settings in a variety of different specialties.

The main work of AQuA is broken down into three main portfolios, each with a team of subject experts and highly skilled administrative staff supporting them.

The current portfolios are:

  • Mental Health, Patient Experience and System Transformation
  • Academy, Shared Decision Making and Safety and Mortality
  • Advancing Quality (AQ) and Analytics



Helen Kilgannon

Portfolio Lead - Mental Health, Integration and Patient Experience

Follow Helen on Twitter: @helenckg

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Emma Walker

Emma Walker

Portfolio Lead - Academy, Patient Safety & Mortality and Shared Decision Making

Follow Emma on Twitter: @EmmaCherub

Emma joined in 2010 as the lead for a number of programmes including the Academy, AQuA's training arm. Emma is also the Programme Manager for the Shared Decision Making team 

Previously, as National Head of Service Development at NHS Direct, Emma led on innovation, long term conditions and Shared Decision Making. Here, Emma developed online decision aids for Phases 1 and 2 of the National Right Care Programme.

Katie Stephenson

Katie Stephenson

Head of Communications and Marketing

Follow Katie on Twitter: @Katie_Comms

Katie moved to AQuA in June 2015 as the Head of Communications and Marketing. Her role is managing all communications and marketing activity with members and customers. This involves publications, events and conferences and branding.

Katie has been working in communications within the NHS for the past 9 years in both commissioning and provider organisations. A media graduate from the University of Sunderland, Katie is also an Accredited PR Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Julie Clark

Julie Clark

Strategic Engagement Lead

Julie joined AQuA in October 2015 in the newly created post of Strategic Engagement Lead. Julie's aim is to actively support members to secure the best return on membership investment, by aligning AQuA offers to the strategic plans of the organisation and the transformation agenda.

Prior to joining AQuA on a full time basis, Julie worked with us as an Affiliate, primarily on our Mental Health programmes. In addition she led the NHS NW programme for “Eliminating Same Sex Accommodation” and has recently worked as a CQC inspector. Julie is also a Health Foundation Leader for Change.