What is HLA:IDEAS?

HLA:IDEAS is an incubator for social enterprises and non-profit organisations in healthcare. 

The programme empowers healthcare professionals to take their ideas further, to achieve the most significant impact. Our aim is to foster leadership in healthcare through entrepreneurship.

We help our organisations grow and achieve their full potential, with focus on being sustainable and having significant impact.

Our programme builds on the central pillars of the Healthcare Leadership Academy – Nurturing Leadership, Fostering Frontline Innovation, and Empowering and Valuing the next generation of clinical leaders.

To find out more about the programme and apply visit: https://link.medics.academy/hla-ideas

Contact us at: ideas@thehealthcareleadership.academy

If you would like to support our  initiatives, have a specialist knowledge or a background that can help make an impact, and would like to give your time as a mentor, please fill in this form and a member of our team will be in contact with you: https://forms.gle/3kEUGR6NLSmuQkLB9

Our Faculty

Ali Jawad

Ali is Director of HLA:IDEAS, as well as the Associate Director at The Healthcare Leadership Academy. He is also a doctor in West London and an NHS Clinical Innovation and Entrepreneur Fellow as part of the first-ever cohort under the National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England. 

Ali has a background in graphic design, technology, charities, management, and education. He regularly gives talks on innovation in medical education, and has presented his research internationally. He continues to teach locally and also leads a national teaching course for medical students.

Natalia Skorupska
Programme Manager

Natalia is a HLA Scholar. She graduated from the University of Cambridge, and is currently doing the Academic Foundation Programme, with research in nutrition.

Johann Malawana
Managing Director – HLA

Johann founded The Healthcare Leadership Academy to address many of the issues he faced and witnessed in his career. Johann wanted to create a focus and attention on developing students and professionals earlier in their career. The HLA wants to support these individuals so they can take up leadership roles with more confidence and to improve the health systems they are part off.


Yusuf Karmali

Yusuf is a Medics.Academy Programme Manager, Clinical Lead for the Medics.Academy Fellows Programme, and a Foundation Year doctor, graduated from Barts and The London School of Medicine. Throughout medical school, Yusuf was awarded numerous prizes for outstanding academic achievement and he delivered high-quality peer-teaching through student-led societies, in which he held various positions of leadership. His passion for education led to him joining Medics.Academy in July 2018, where he started as a fellow and lead author on the clinical genetics course. He went on to become a member of the Medics.Academy team this year as a Clinical Programme Manager and then has been the Clinical Lead on the highly successful Medics.Academy Fellowship Programme. His other interests include medical technology and health policy.

Owain Rhys Hughes

Owain is the founder and CEO of Cinapsis a digital health company revolutionising how patients are referred between healthcare organisations. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a specialist in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Oliver Trampleasure

Originally working in the digital education space, utilising wearable and immersive technology to create large-scale global education events. Now concentrating on developing and delivering MedTech solutions in low-resource environments.

Hugo Layard Horsfall

Clinical Research Fellow in Neurosurgery, Robotics & AI at the Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS), University College London.

Hugo work clinically at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and completed the Academic Foundation Programme at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Peter Hutchinson.

He has vast experience in medical research, healthcare policy and student wellbeing. Open to collaborative connections and always willing to help.

Suzanne McCarthy

A lawyer, with an LL.M. degree from Cambridge, Suzanne left private practice and after lecturing in law at Manchester University went into the civil service working first at the Home Office, where she served as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries, and then at HM Treasury.

She was CEO of both the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Her last Executive role was as the UK’s Immigration Services Commissioner. 

Currently she is the Chair of Depaul UK, a homeless charity focused primarily on young people, Right to Succeed, concerned with educational inequalities, Lepra, an NGO, the Joint Audit Panel for the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime and the Metropolitan Police, the Fire Standards Board and Deputy Chair of the Valuation Tribunal Service. 

She is a member of the Fundraising Regulator’s Board and Chair of its Standards Committee, Senior Independent Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.  In addition, she is the Independent Appointed Person for the Greater London Authority reviewing allegations of misconduct against elected officials.

Her previous Board appointments include the University of London, the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals and the General Medical Council.

Simon Pleydell

An experienced NHS career CEO, with leadership experience in the acute sector,Service integration, workforce and innovation and technology