Laura Semple

Laura Semple

Director for National Programmes

Laura’s leadership approach is driven by deep personal commitments to improving health and reducing inequalities locally and globally.

She originally joined the NHS as a general management scheme trainee and in her career to date has worked in acute sector operational management; commissioning; and more recently in a variety of innovation adoption roles within the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

Laura joined the AHSN Network central team from the Health Foundation, where she worked as Assistant Director for Improvement carrying responsibility for the Foundation’s improvement grants portfolio and the UK-wide Anchor Institutions programme. Prior to that Laura was Programme Director for Diabetes and Cardiovascular at the Health Innovation Network, the AHSN for South London, and Programme Director for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Obesity at King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Alongside her NHS roles, Laura volunteers with King’s Global Health Partnerships in Zambia and in 2017 completed a six month volunteering project with King’s in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Laura is Director for National Programmes. She works with all 15 AHSNs in England to deliver the innovation programmes selected for adoption in all ICSs and providers in England. The current AHSN national programme portfolio includes innovations in mental health and neurodevelopment, cardiovascular, respiratory, medicines and wound care, as well as a suite of medical technologies addressing a wide range of health conditions.