Our team

With extensive experience in research, writing, editing and communications, our team exemplifies our commitment to quality and professionalism.

‘Being a part of The Health Policy Partnership’s evidence-based and impact-focused push for sustainable health policy is incredibly rewarding.’

Marissa Mes

Senior Researcher, The Health Policy Partnership

The Health Policy Partnership was founded in 2015 by Suzanne Wait and Ed Harding. Having worked together for several years previously, Ed and Suzanne wanted to create a new, vibrant consultancy focused on health policy research, strategy and intersectoral partnerships. HPP has grown rapidly, building on the core research function with specialists from other areas. Our people bring intellect, energy and drive to our work. We foster a collaborative environment while optimising each person’s skills and interests. The company culture is dynamic and conscientious, and our people reflect this in their strong work ethic and willingness to share ideas.

Managing Directors

Research and Policy

Jody Tate

Director of Research and Policy

Christine Merkel

Associate Director of Research and Policy

Victoria Stone

Associate Director of Research and Policy

Marissa Mes

Senior Researcher; Programme Lead, Heart Failure Policy Network

Lucy Morgan

Senior Researcher

Editorial and Communications 

Madeleine Murphy

Associate Director of
Editorial and Communications

Henry Arnold

Communications Coordinator



In addition to our full-time team, we work with several consultants based around the world. Their broad experience and expertise enhances our capacity to produce exceptional work, complementing our skill offer and regional knowledge.

Catherine Whicher is a Consultant Researcher and former full-time member of the HPP Research and Policy team.

She has worked on a range of HPP projects in topics including multiple sclerosis, radioligand therapy and osteoporosis. She has previously worked in the non-profit sector with organisations active in humanitarian work and health advocacy. She has conducted research on various topics ranging from programmes for hepatitis C to technology licensing at academic institutions.

Catherine holds a Master’s in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry with a minor in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is fluent in English and French.

Shannon Boldon was a full-time member of the HPP research team from April 2016 until June 2019, when she relocated to Dublin. She now works with HPP as a Consultant Researcher.

Shannon works primarily on the All.Can initiative, for which HPP acts as secretariat. She leads on all elements of stakeholder engagement and research activities for All.Can. Before joining HPP, Shannon interned at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on the Ebola Response Laboratory Data team. She studied patient data from mobile labs in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and produced insights that informed the WHO Ebola recommendations. She also has fieldwork experience organising and managing global health and development projects in Ghana and Honduras. In Canada, she supported the development of the home healthcare strategic plan for the Department of Health in New Brunswick.

Shannon completed a Master’s in Global Health and Development at University College London. She also holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Acadia University in Canada.

Rachel Wilder works with HPP as a Senior Consultant Researcher. She is an accomplished qualitative researcher with 15 years’ experience of advocacy in global health. She has particular expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and children and adolescents’ wellbeing.

Rachel’s recent projects include developing a comprehensive gender equality assessment toolkit for a global federation of health service providers, writing a manual for young people’s sexual and reproductive health services for a multi-country programme, and coordinating the development of an institutional, scientific position statement on sexual and gender-based violence.

Rachel holds a PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Bristol, a Master’s in Research in Social Work from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Health and Population from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University (Canada).

Emily Kell is a Consultant Researcher and former full-time member of the HPP research team. She is currently training to be a Chartered Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital, London.

Before joining HPP, Emily was Research and Policy Executive at the British Medical Association where she co-wrote ‘Food for thought: promoting healthy diets among children and young people’, which sets out the measures needed to help reduce the substantial burden of diet-related ill health in the UK. Emily has also been a freelance health researcher at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the University of Leeds and the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA), based in Mumbai.

Emily holds a Master’s in Global Health and Development from University College London, and a BA in International Development and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Leeds.

Jonathan Scrutton is a Consultant Researcher, currently based in East Asia. He was previously a Research Fellow at the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) where he specialised in health and social care policy, managing and researching projects ranging from adult immunisation to the links between social connections and wellbeing.

During his time with the ILC-UK, Jonathan was part of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) Secretariat, where he helped to develop and progress the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign by organising multi-stakeholder events across Europe.

Jonathan is particularly interested in issues relating to mental health. He has conducted research into the emotional wellbeing of older carers, and completed an internship with the Centre for Mental Health.

He holds a BA Study of Religions with first-class honours from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Sandra Evans is a Consultant Researcher and former full-time member of the HPP research team. She is Founder and Director of London-based social enterprise Find My Charity.

Before joining HPP, Sandra worked for the UK National Health Service, where she developed and evaluated patient-led service improvements for Early Intervention Services. While working as a Research Assistant at Queen Mary University of London, she investigated the repositioning of smoking cessation compounds, with the Mayo Clinic and other international partners.

Sandra holds an MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Biochemistry from Queen Mary University of London. She is fluent in English and French.

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