Staff Team

Katerina Kolyva

Executive Director

Katerina joined the Council in December 2016. She previously led strategic reviews on education and research for the EU, implemented large scale programmes of change in UK healthcare regulation and engaged extensively with governments and parliaments influencing agendas on public services. Katerina has a background in politics and international relations, holds a PhD in European Studies from Kent University and speaks five languages. She has lectured on EU affairs in the UK, Denmark, Belgium and Lithuania. Outside work she enjoys blogging on leadership and travel.

Fleur Nielsen

Head of Policy

Fleur joined the Council of Deans of Health in January 2016 in the new Head of Policy role.  Before joining CoDH she worked for thirteen years at the British Medical Association, from 2006 leading work relating to GP contract negotiations and related health policy. Fleur has an MSc in Health, Population and Society and a BSc in Social Policy and Government, both from the London School of Economics.

Rachel Craine

Senior Policy Officer

Rachel joined CoDH in July 2013. Previously she worked for the British Medical Association as an executive officer and senior policy executive and for the 1994 Group as a graduate intern. Rachel holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Sociology and an MSc Medical Sociology, both from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jonathan Eames

Membership and Communications Officer

Jon joined CoDH in September 2013. His role is focused on leading the Council’s communications and membership services. His previous work before joining the Council focused on widening participation in higher education where he worked for universities and Aimhigher partnerships in both Bedfordshire and London.

Neil Freshwater

Senior Policy Officer for Scotland
(2 days per week – normally Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Based north of Edinburgh in Kinross-shire, Neil joined the Council of Deans of Health in April 2013 from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He works closely with Scottish-based Council members on policy matters helping to engage with and influence the Scottish Government, NHS Education Scotland, Universities Scotland and a number of other organisations. He was involved with the recent creation of Council of Deans of Health Scotland, which was launched on 1 October 2015. Working for the Council part-time, Neil is also a policy officer for the British Dietetic Association.

Jenny Hicks

Executive and Events Assistant

Jenny joined CoDH in March 2016, working as Executive Assistant to the Director, organising and managing events, and managing the office and facilities. She is also the first point of contact in the office. Before joining the team, Jenny worked as an Executive Assistant for over ten years, and also has experience of event management and marketing.

Graham Hieke

Senior Research and Policy Officer

Graham joined the Council of Deans of Health in October 2016 as a Senior Research and Policy Officer. Graham previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, conducting research into health related issues within the police service. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey, and a BSc (Hons) in Criminology from Buckinghamshire New University.

Jana Jonasova

Project Officer for Supporting Students as Future Leaders project

Jana joined the Council of Deans of Health in December 2016 in a new role as Project Officer for the Supporting Students as Future Leaders project. Prior to joining CoDH, Jana worked as a student advisor at Brunel University London and as a Corporate Projects trainee at the European Defence Agency in Brussels. Jana has an MSc in International Security from the University of Bristol and an MA in Diplomacy from the University of Nottingham.


We also draw on the expertise of some fantastic independent consultants, who support and advise on specific pieces of work. At the moment, consultants working with us include Dr Donal Walsh, formerly Director of Resources at Middlesex University, who works with us on funding issues in England and Dr David Greatbatch, working with us on CPD funding.