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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee



Chief Executive

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Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in diabetes. During her career in optometry she lectured at City University and was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital; she also worked with Primary Care Trusts across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 2020health in 2006 and left the NHS in 2009. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve wellbeing, and she is studying for a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a Fellow of the RSA

Digital Health and Care Lead

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Kathy Mason BA (Hons) MSc(Econ) MIHM



Kathy is the Workstream Lead, NHS England GDE Evaluation.  She is a member of the Health and Social Care Council of the industry body techUK and was previously Vice Chair. Kathy is an acknowledged leader in health informatics with over 25 years’ senior management and board level experience across both public and private sectors.  She holds a Masters in Health Information Management and is an alumni of the Kings Fund Top Manager Programme. Kathy is passionate about increasing the use of digital technologies to activate people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing. 

Assistant Director

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Matt James

Matt has worked with 2020health since 2012 and has a particular interest in the intersection of health, values, technology and public policy. He relishes the opportunity to think about what it means to be human in light of technological change and innovation.  Matt studied political history and sociology as an undergraduate before completing a Master’s degree in bioethics and medical law.  As an ‘edgewalker’, Matt enjoys the dynamics that interdisciplinary working can bring, building bridges between different paradigms, cultural boundaries and worldviews in order to cultivate fresh thinking and help frame key questions. His wide-ranging portfolio of expertise spans the arenas of public policy, academia and third sector, including previously working in Parliament as a parliamentary researcher for an MP. Matt has co-authored reports on various topics including reviewing post-transplant care for bone marrow transplant patients and reviewing the quality of care and models of best practice for those living with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Matt is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), honorary research associate at University College London (UCL) and a Fellow of the RSA.

Senior Researcher

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Jon Paxman

Jon joined 2020health in 2011. Much of his research explores ways of improving access, equity and outcomes within primary care. Reports have covered subjects as diverse as Personal Health Budgets, the UK’s childhood immunisation programme, depression and mental health equity, obesity, CFS/ME and whole-school wellbeing. He has also contributed to several Health IT reports, including 2020health’s independent evaluation of the ‘Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Telehealth Hub’, and was lead author and researcher on the Foresight Project Report, considering the future impact of technology on health, business, education and regulation in the optical sector. Jon recently completed two years as honorary research associate at UCL and authored the critically acclaimed chronology Classical Music 1600-2000