Dr Madhavi Bajekal

I lead a research team investigating the drivers of long-run improvements in longevity and, particularly, socioeconomic inequalities in morbidity and mortality trends and projections.

Since 2009, my research at UCL has been supported by Legal and General Assurance Society where I am Principal Scientist (Epidemiology) in the Longevity Science Team. Uniquely within the pensions industry, this is a successful example of an embedded industry/academia collaboration to support independent research which is both scientifically novel and of practical relevance to the industry.

Before joining UCL, I was in a senior civil servant at the Office for National Statistics (Deputy Director, Social and Healthcare Analysis); the Chair of Eurostat’s ‘Partnership in Health’ programme; and a Consultant Advisor to the Department of Health’s health survey programme. I began my career as a health analyst at the Department of Primary Care, Imperial College London after completing my PhD in SOAS (University of London).

Prof Myra Bluebond-Langner

Myra Bluebond-Langner is Professor and True Colours Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People at University College London, Institute of Child Health. In this capacity she also heads the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care – an academic and clinical partnership involving the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She is also Board of Governors’ Professor of Anthropology and founder and former director of the Rutgers University Center for Children and Childhood Studies.

Emma Louisy

Emma is the programme manager for the national i-THRIVE programme and is responsible for ensuring delivery of all work streams within the programme including the i-THRIVE Academy, the Community of Practice, i-THRIVE Illustrated, the Implementation Toolkit and i-THRIVE Evaluation. She also supports the funded project teams, helping to ensure that the projects are delivered in line with funder expectations.

Emma has experience of designing, delivering and managing service improvement and transformation across local government and the charity sector. Whilst at the Local Government Association she led on a number of strategic national capacity building programmes in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, the District Councils Network and the Office for Public Scrutiny to enable sharing of services between different tiers of local government.

Nehla Djellouli

Nehla is aligned to our Systems and Models theme. Her PhD is entitled Developing Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Large-Scale Change. The research will use qualitative methods to identify ways to improve processes to involve patients and the public in decisions about major service change and to evaluate the effectiveness of PPI in the context of large-scale change.