Our team

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

‘What I love most about my role at HPP is the people. We work with a diversity of stakeholders; we listen to all perspectives and combine them in our policy reports. Whether it be patient advocates, politicians, industry or academia, no voice is lost.’

Shannon Boldon

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


Jody Tate

Associate Director,
Policy and Research

Christine Merkel

Senior Researcher and Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Editorial and communications 

Henry Arnold

Communications and Editorial Assistant



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.

Lynsey Conway is a Communications Consultant. For over 25 years, she has run communications and media relations campaigns for leading, blue-chip pharmaceutical companies, both in the UK and internationally, as well as NHS hospitals, patient organisations, health alliances and initiatives. She has worked in areas including oncology, haematology, pain and mental health.

Since 2005, Lynsey has directed the communications activities for the UK Lung Cancer Coalition and runs the Secretariat for the UK Gout Society. She was a director of the mental health charity Depression Alliance for over 12 years, and recently helped to oversee its successful merger with MIND.

Shortlisted twice as an individual for Communique Awards, Lynsey also provides communications services to the Liberal Democrats.


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.

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.

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