Vanesther Hamer

Head of Communications and Events
Health Innovation West of England

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Vanesther has led our communications team since October 2015, overseeing our strategic direction, corporate brand, digital and print channels, and media relations.

Despite her four Blue Peter badges and a drama degree, Vanesther never got to live out her dream of being a children’s TV presenter. Instead she has spent the last 20 years delivering successful communications campaigns for a wide range of charities, public sector organisations and consumer clients, from Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency to British Airways, The National Lottery and Costa Coffee.

“As a communications professional, working at Health Innovation West of England is like being a kid in a sweetie shop. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to inspiring stories to share about people and projects that make a real difference and have a lasting impact on how we improve and innovate health and care services. Everyone’s contributions are welcomed and valued here, and I love the way we draw together people with such varied expertise, insight and experience. Ours is a model of distributed leadership. As Dr Karen Luyt, one of our clinical leads said, we’re about developing leaders – not followers.”

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