Meet the team

NWNODN Team Structure

Louise Weaver-Lowe

Louise Weaver-Lowe – North West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (
Louise joined the NWNODN in September 2019 as Network Director. Prior to this, Louise had been a nurse since the age of 18 and is both a registered nurse and midwife. She has held a number of roles in Neonatal services including Lead Nurse of a large tertiary Neonatal Unit and Head of Nursing for Neonatal , Gynaecology, genetics and obstetric theatres. Louise is the BAPM representative for Networks and has participated in a number of NICE guideline committees.

When not working Louise is a keen walker and spends much of her time on days off walking her Border Collie or enjoying a yoga class. This exercise allow her to enjoy another favourite pastime of eating out!

Kelly Harvey
Senior Lead Nurse

Kelly took on the role of Senior Lead Nurse in April 2022, having joined the NWNODN in 2018.   She has 20 years experience as a neonatal nurse, educator, manager and advanced nurse practitioner.  Since coming into the network she has been lucky enough to join the NNA as an Exec committee member, take the role of GIRFT nursing advisor for the National Neonatal GIRFT project and is a member of the BAPM quality collaborative.  She is passionate about all things neonatal and understanding the impact of neonatal care on babies and families.


She is married with a beautiful daughter and is a keen walker – a hobby enhanced by her new dog Archie.

Nim Subhedar
Clinical Lead for Cheshire & Merseyside

Dr Nim Subhedar is the Clinical Lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Neonatal Network. Nim is a Consultant Neonatologist at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Special clinical interests:Cardiorespiratory disorders, neonatal echocardiography, patient safety and neonatal infection

Background: I was appointed as Consultant Neonatologist at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust in 1998. Previously, I qualified from the University of Bristol (1988) and trained in General and Neonatal Paediatrics in South-West England, Australia and in the Mersey Deanery. I am the clinical lead for Risk Management and Clinical Governance.

I have recently been appointed as Clinical Lead for the Cheshire and Mersey Neonatal Network. I am the lead local investigator for the BOOST II UK Tria

Richa Gupta
Clinical Lead for Lancashire & South Cumbria

Dr Gupta is the Clinical Lead for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Neonatal Network and is a Consultant Paediatric Neonatologist at the Royal Preston Hospital

Career History: Qualified from the University of Liverpool (1992). Trained in general paediatrics, Mersey Deanery including Alder Hey, RLCH. Neonatal Higher Specialist Training at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, and St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. Consultant Paediatric Neonatologist and neonatal lead for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2004-present)
Specialist Areas: Neonatal medicine; clinical governance; patient safety; medicines for children research network lead for the trust
Specialist Interests: Neonatal infection; promoting seamless children’s care from perinatal to adolescence through collaborative working
Research Interests: Neonatal feeding/nutrition; neonatal pharmacological studies for safer medication

Ajit Mahaveer
Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester

Dr Ajit Mahaveer has been appointed as the Clinical lead for the Greater Manchester Neonatal network. Ajit is a consultant neonatologist working at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester and also is the Clinical Director for Paediatrics and neonates at North Manchester General Hospital.

Qualifications: MBBS, MD, MRCPCH
Background: Dr Mahaveer graduated from India in year 2000. He had further specialist training in Cambridge, Liverpool and Manchester in neonatal medicine and was appointed as a neonatal consultant at Saint Mary’s Hospital in 2012.

Other roles include Clinical lead for Research & Nutrition, Chair – St Mary’s Hospital Audit committee, Member of the Paediatric National Organ donation committee and Honorary Senior lecturer at University of Manchester

Special Interests: Neonatal Research, Parenteral nutrition, Undergraduate medical education, QI and patient safety education

Ian Dady
Clinical Lead for Connect North West (Neonatal Transport)

Consultant Neonatologist, NICU, St Marys Hospital, Manchester & Clinical Director for Neonatal Transport, Connect NW

I have worked as a Consultant Neonatologist at St Marys Hospital since 1997,and have interests in undergraduate medical education and advanced neonatal nursing practitioner training, respiratory physiology and neonatal transport. I have led the neonatal transport service for Greater Manchester since its inception 2005 and was the inaugural chair of the UK Neonatal Transport Group. I am currently Clinical Director for the newly formed Connect NW Neonatal Transport Service, which has combined the transport services for all three networks in the NW Neonatal Operational Delivery Network since June 2017

Heather Martin 
Quality Improvement Lead Nurse

Heather is the Quality Improvement Lead Nurse for the Cheshire and Merseyside locality.   Her role involves facilitating and supporting governance within all three NWNODN localities. She has 25 years’ experience within the field of neonatal intensive care, with an enthusiasm for ensuring patient safety, quality care, sharing learning and good practice to enhance the care of babies and their families. She is a member of the Neonatal Nurses Association.

Heather is married with two daughters. She enjoys family time and meeting with friends which usually involves eating and relaxing!

Catherine Nash
Quality Improvement Lead Nurse

Catherine is the Quality Improvement Lead Nurse for the Lancashire and Cumbria Network. Previously she has worked as a ward manager on an LNU and as a Sister in a NICU. where she was also part of the research and transport teams. Part of her role is to work closely with the ODN Data Analyst to provide units and the network with meaningful and optimal data to help improve outcomes and quality of care. She also works closely with the NW Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programmes and is a member of the NNA.

Catherine has one son who is studying to be a professional trumpet player and she loves going to watch him perform and spending time in London.

Sarah Fullwood
Lead Care Co-Ordinator

Sarah has been a neonatal nurse for nearly 23 years, working on a NICU in the Midlands for 18 years before moving up north to become a Matron on an LNU 5 years ago. In September 2021 Sarah took on the new exciting post of Lead Care Coordinator for the NWNODN.

She has a little boy who is now 8 years old and much to her distress is a Manchester United supporter even though the rest of his family are avid Wolves supporters (Sarah thinks that one day she will triumph and he will be a Wolves supporter!) Sarah says “I have been with my partner Jason for nearly 20 years.. still no ring on my finger.. not that I’m bitter!!” We’re rooting for you Sarah!

Samantha Parry
Care Co-Ordinator

Sam joined the NWNODN team in December 2020 as a Neonatal Care Coordinator. She is a midwife with 26years neonatal experience and worked at a level 3 Neonatal unit working in partnership with families, maternity and neonatal teams to deliver a high quality standard of care.

Sam is married with two grown up children and enjoys sewing and crafting in her spare time, and has an ambition to fly a plane.

Karen Mainwaring
Workforce & Education Lead

Karen is a neonatal nurse with 20 plus years clinical experience across the range of neonatal care settings and joined the NWNODN team in 2014.

She has a passion for involving families in their baby’s care and all things neonatal workforce and education.

As a Christian Karen is often found supporting church activities something she shares with the family she loves, along with being by the sea or touring around in her Campervan.

Emma Kyte 
Workforce & Education Lead

Emma has a real passion for neonatal care being a neonatal nurse for over 20 years and graduating in 2009 from the University of Southampton with an MSc in Advance clinical practice to become an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her varied career Emma has always been an active member of BAPM and the Neonatal Nurses Association and developed her knowledge and depth of understanding by undertaking a variety of roles working in tertiary centres, neonatal surgery, neonatal transport and senior management.

When not in work Emma is kept very busy with her small children but loves baking, running, and going to the gym ( mainly to burn off all the cakes she bakes & eats!!!)

Susan Snowdon
FiN Manager

Susan has lead the Foundation in Neonates (FiN) programme for many years, during which time she has seen a vast number of nurses gain their induction into neonatal care.

Susan is married to Peter, and has 4 children along with too many grandchildren to count (she says!)

Rosie Milbourne
Clinical Educator

Rosie has worked in neonates for the last 30 years since qualifying as a RGN/RSCN from Gt Ormond St Children’s Hospital. Over the years she has worked clinically on level 2 and 3 units but more recently worked on neonatal outreach, as a clinical educator and as a ward manager. She has also lectured at the University of Central Lancashire.

Rosie is married with 2 grown up children and loves nothing better than a night at the theatre!

Jenny Lowe
Clinical Educator

Jenny has recently joined the NWNODN Team as Educator with the FiN programme, although she was worked with the programme for a number of years, having been seconded from Bolton Hospital.

Jenny recently became Mrs Lowe – although we’ve yet to get used to calling her that ! – and has just moved into a lovely new home.

Michaela Halfhead
Clinical Educator

Michaela joined the team as a Clinical Educator in September 2021 and is a neonatal nurse with 30 plus years of clinical experience with a paediatric background. She has worked in various level 2 and 3 units in Germany and the UK and has experience in transport, ECMO and education. Her passion is to improve neonatal outcomes by teaching others through simulation and practice. She is also a qualified NLS and GIC instructor.

Michaela is married with 3 grown up children and enjoys family time and being active, especially skiing.

Jo Marks
Speech & Language Therapist

Jo has been a Speech & Language Therapist for over 28 years. She has worked within Paediatrics & Neonates in the specialist field of Dysphagia for over 20years.

She is passionate about growing & developing AHP services across the network.

Jo is married with 2 grown up boys. She loves shopping , especially for shoes & handbags

Lynette Forsythe

Lynette has worked for 20 years as a paediatric dietitian and the last 7 years of these specialised in neonates. She is passionate about supporting babies’ nutrition to achieve optimal growth and development. Lynette has a special interest in neonatal nutrition post gastrointestinal surgery and promoting breastfeeding.

Lynette is married, enjoys running and making cakes when not being taxi for her 2 sons sporting activities.

Phillipa Ranson
Neonatal Physiotherapist

Phillipa a Neonatal Physiotherapist with over 20 years of initially paediatrics and then acute neonatal experience; she is still practicing clinically. Currently she sits on the APCP Neonatal Committee, which she has been a member of since 2016.

Phillipa’s Special interests are Developmental Care and FiCare, highlighting the importance of “Parents as Partners” from day one on.

Rebecca Hinton 
Neonatal Pharmacist

Rebecca has worked as a qualified pharmacist across three large teaching hospitals; the majority of her clinical practice has been within women’s and children’s services.  Over the last 10 years she has led the neonatal pharmacy service at 2 large teaching hospitals.  Rebecca has a passion to improve pharmaceutical care for neonates and ensure the availability of quality medicines resources for those caring for neonatal patients.

Rebecca is keen to develop a national network for ODN pharmacists and engage in provision of neonatal education.

Alongside this role Rebecca continues to lead the pharmacy service for neonates in Manchester Foundation Trust.

Sarah Tandy
Neonatal Occupational Therapist

Sarah is a Specialist Neonatal Occupational Therapist at Royal Preston Hospital and has joined the network after over 15 years of working with children and families. She has a specialist interest in sensory integration and the role it plays in the development of children. Sarah is excited to help grow the Occupational Therapy workforce across the network.

Sarah loves to spend time with her husband and son. She enjoys swimming, spending time with friends and planning new adventures.

Ruth Butterworth

Clinical Psychologist

Ruth is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with a specialist interest in parent, infant and family mental health and in developing psychologically informed ways of working that support staff and families alike.

She is really excited to be able to develop the confidence of our staff teams to use psychological principles in their work, as well as increasing the number of neonatal psychological professionals supporting families and units across the North West.

Ruth is also a mum of three who loves listening to books and podcasts as she ferries children around! Recommendations always welcome…

Romi Eden
Business & Projects Manager

Romi is the Business & Projects Manager for the NWNODN, being a new edition to the team in 2023. Romi has worked in the NHS for 8 years in a mixture of administrative, operational and project management roles.

Romi is due to get married in Ibiza in 2024 and has an 8 year old son. She enjoys going to the gym, watching her son play Rugby at the weekends, spending time with her family and likes to get away on holiday/weekends away as much as possible!

Laura Kearns
Project Co-Ordinator

Laura is the Project Co-Ordinator for the NWNODN, having joined the team in 2015 originally as Team Co-Ordinator. Her current role is to provide support to enable the successful delivery of defined projects within the NWNODN Work Programme.

Laura is married and a mum to two young boys, she enjoys spending her free time taking trips away with her family, especially back home to Ireland.

Natasha Halliday-Physick
Team Co-Ordinator

Tasha joined as Team Co-Ordinator in September 2021, prior to which she was a civil servant. Tasha worked for 10 years, mostly as an asylum interviewer and decision maker, and wanted a change of direction with her career after her daughter’s long stay in Alder Hey’s neonatal in 2020.

She is married, with a young daughter, 2 cats and a dog and loves spending time with family and friends, as well as exercising. One of her main passions is to spend some of her spare time fundraising on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and advocating to raise awareness for the condition which her daughter suffers from.

Liz Collins
Programme Administrator

Liz joined the NWNODN as Programme Administrator in May 2019, Liz provides a comprehensive administrative service for the NWNODN Education Team.

Liz married with one grown up son and two dogs. She enjoys relaxing with a good book or watching a good suspense film.