Alex Leach

Deputy Director of Programmes
Health Innovation West of England

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Alex trained as a nurse at King’s College London and worked across a number of NHS roles and specialised in Infectious Diseases and Haematology. She then moved to the medical device industry, gaining over 20 years of experience with a range of companies selling and marketing products, ranging from consumables, implants, capital equipment, diagnostics and generic pharmaceuticals.

Alex has worked widely across the whole healthcare marketplace and has extensive experience of pathway redesign and business case development. She also worked as Commercial Manager for assistive technology charity Designability, leading on the commercialisation and exploitation of new products and services for adults and children living with disabilities.

As our Deputy Director of Programmes (Discover/Develop), Alex has a remit of bringing a whole system approach to matching innovation to locally identified health and care challenges by connecting and brokering relationships between innovators, patients, carers, industry, academia and health and care professionals and creating an ‘innovation ecosystem’.


“I love working for Health Innovation West of England because of the amazing people I get to work with every day. My committed and knowledgeable colleagues, the wider NHS team across our region and all the innovators and companies we work with help us traction real change and improvements across the NHS in our region, and beyond. Having worked as a clinician and also within the medtech industry it feels like my perfect job!”

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