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 as Head of Policy in January 2016. She manages the Council’s policy team and is responsible for leading specific pieces of work, most often those relating to workforce 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.

Jonathan Eames

Head of Membership and Communications

Jon has been with the Council of Deans of Health since 2013. His role is focused on leading the Council’s communications and member services. Before joining the Council, Jon’s career focused on widening participation in higher education where he worked for London Higher and universities and Aimhigher partnerships in both Bedfordshire and London.

Jenny Williams

Membership and Governance Officer

Jenny has worked in the charity sector for ten years, joining the Council of Deans of Health in March 2016, and has wide-ranging experience of communications, media relations, event management and marketing. Her role focuses on developing the Council’s membership services and events, as well as improving systems and processes within the organisation, and supporting the work of the Executive team.

Dorothea Baltruks

Senior Policy and Research Officer

Dorothea joined the Council in June 2017. Before joining the Council, she worked for a European network of public social services as a policy officer on ageing and care and the social services workforce in Europe. Previously, Dorothea had worked for a consultancy firm that advised NHS organisations on governance. Dorothea is a trained occupational therapist and holds an MSc in Comparative and European Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Politics from King’s College London.

Josh Niderost

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Josh joined the Council of Deans of Health in January 2018. Prior to joining the Council Josh worked for a membership organisation, including working on education policy in the context of secondary, further and higher education. Previously he worked for an anti-hate charity developing and leading education programmes in the UK and abroad. Josh holds a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and an MPhil in Politics: Comparative Government from Oxford University.

Policy Officer

Anji joined the Council of Deans of Health in March 2018. Before joining the Council, she previously worked in local government roles with West Sussex County Council and policy support with the British Medical Association. Anji holds a BA in Politics from Swansea University and worked as an intern with a Welsh Assembly member whilst living in Wales.

Robyn Cooke

Policy Officer

Robyn joined the Council in November 2018. Previously she has worked in various frontline and development roles within the non-profit sector. She is a Charityworks Fellow after completing their Graduate Leadership scheme. Robyn holds a BA in Comparative American Studies from the University of Warwick and a MA in International Slavery Studies from the University of Liverpool.

Nadia Butt

Project and Events Officer 

Nadia joined the Council of Deans of Health in January 2018 to work on the Student Leadership Programme and the Council’s events. Nadia has previously worked in non-for-profit organisations, including in running a national debating competition for sixth-form students and project managing a STEM programme for young people in London. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

Marsha Brown

Business Support Coordinator

Marsha joined the Council of Deans of Health in April 2018 to work in the new role of Business Support Coordinator.  She previously worked in Local Government for 7 years in the Children and Young People Service in several business support roles.

Yasmeen Thantrey

Events and Communications Intern

Yasmeen joined the Council of Deans of Health in September 2019 to support with the Council’s growing events calendar and communications. She is currently a student at the University of the Arts London, specialising in Fine Art.