Meet the RUBIS.Qi team

Find out more about our team


Annie Laverty

RUBIS.Qi director

Annie is chief experience officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She has led on one of the most comprehensive patient experience programmes in the NHS and is now leading on a pioneering real-time staff experience programme.

A Health Foundation Generation Q fellow, Annie graduated from an 18 month leadership scheme in 2012 designed to develop a new generation of leaders for quality improvement in healthcare. Annie has extensive experience in developing integration in healthcare. She has recognised expertise in engaging patients and carers in service re-design and improvement. Annie is also a trustee of the Picker Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that makes patients’ views count in healthcare.  She began her career as a speech and language therapist, working in, and ultimately leading, Northumbria Healthcare’s stroke team over a 20 year period.

Annie Laverty

Anna Burhouse

RUBIS.Qi director

Anna is director of quality development at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She supports, trains and coaches staff across the UK in improvement and innovation skills, helping teams to lead and evaluate complex innovation and improvement work.

Anna is a Health Foundation Generation Q improvement fellow, an Ashridge Business School alumni and senior fellow for the University of Bath, where she teaches on a large online open course for quality improvement in healthcare. Anna has many years of experience as a clinical and operational leader using quality improvement methodologies to speed up the adoption of evidence into practice. She is passionate about the co-production of services, citizen science and the role of leaders in creating improvement cultures.

Anna Burhouse

Suzie Bailey

Director of leadership and organisational development at The King's Fund

Suzie is a Health Foundation Generation Q fellow and is currently director of leadership and organisational development at The King’s Fund. Suzie has significant experience as an operational healthcare manager and has successfully led on improvement work as well as multiple major change programmes at an organisational level.

An advocate of relational leadership and empowerment, Suzie is passionate about creating the right conditions to enable staff to make improvements. She took a lead role in establishing an improvement directorate of NHS improvement where she was director of leadership and quality improvement. She led on the creation of the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy which develops capability for staff and patients, and is a trained leadership coach, working with senior clinicians to increase their performance.

Suzie Bailey

Andreia Cavaco

RUBIS.Qi senior programme manager

Andreia has a real passion for supporting quality improvement in the NHS and joined RUBIS.Qi as the programme manager in March 2018.

A Health Foundation Q member herself, Andreia has experience managing programmes in the public, charity and private sectors. She was programme and communications manager at the Patient Safety Collaborative National Programme at the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria, where she was heavily involved in the pilot for the Q regional recruitment.

Andreia Cavaco

Nicola James

RUBIS.Qi project support officer

Nicola joined RUBIS.Qi in November 2017 and provides project support for the Innovating for Improvement programme and actively supports the Scaling Up programme at learning events. Nicola has worked in the charitable sector co-ordinating Big Lottery funded projects for the blind and vision impaired.

With a background in private sector HR management, Nicola has managed large scale redundancy, training and redeployment projects in the UK and Poland.

Nicola James