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.

Jonathan Eames

Head of Membership and Communications

Jon joined the Council of Deans of Health 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 London Higher and universities and Aimhigher partnerships in both Bedfordshire and London.

Jenny Hicks

Membership and Governance Officer

Jenny joined the Council of Deans of Health 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.

Dorothea Baltruks

Senior Policy Officer

Dorothea joined the Council in June 2017. Before joining CoDH, 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.

Rachel Craine

Senior Policy Officer

Rachel joined the Council of Deans of Health 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.

Lorna Fraser

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

Based in Bo’ness, west of Edinburgh, Lorna joined the Council of Deans of Health in April 2017. Lorna has an MA Hons History and MBA from University of Edinburgh. Her career has included business support roles in the NHS and education sectors, with fifteen years in university administration management. Lorna 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.

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.

Anastasiya Topaeva

Project and Events Officer 

Anastasiya joined the Council in June 2017, helping with organising events for the Council of Deans of Health. Currently, she is leading and project managing the Student Leadership Project which helps students to develop their leadership skills and prepares students to become leaders in their profession. Previously she worked for an events company within the oil and gas industry. Anastasiya has a BA in International Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University and MA in Interpreting from London Metropolitan University.

David Hooson

Policy Intern (Wales)

Based in Cardiff, David joined the team in September 2017 to support the work of Council of Deans of Health Wales. Previously, he worked in communications for two years at Cardiff University’s College of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He holds an MScEcon in Politics and Public Policy, and a BA (Hons) in History, both from Cardiff University.


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.